With the next-generation Mercedes-Benz GLA set to debut on December 11, the German carmaker has released another teaser of the compact crossover. This time, the focus is on the interior of the car, as we’re given a glimpse of the GLA’s revamped cabin.
Given the new GLA will be based on the company’s MFA2 architecture used for its compact car line-up, which includes the A-Class, CLA and GLB, there’s a sense of familiarity to things. The turbine-style air vent is just one of the recognisable cues here, as are the design of the steering wheel and fully-digital instrument cluster display.
The latter is likely part of a dual-screen setup, with a second screen in the middle of the dash, linked to the Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX) infotainment system. Other items like the seat, lighting and window controls are pretty much the same as those in other compact Mercedes-Benz models.
Said teaser image is meant to highlight one of the GLA’s available safety systems, namely Blind Spot Assist, which features exit warning functionality. The system essentially warns the driver when another vehicle or a bicycle is approaching, as he or she is about to open the door to get out of the car.
Prior to this, the company has already released preliminary information about the new GLA, which will also get other systems such as Active Brake Assist, cornering, emergency lane, plus a system that detects pedestrians near zebra crossings, all of which are part of the Driving Assistance package.
The crossover is also 100 mm taller than its predecessor to promote better headroom and a higher seating position for visibility. Meanwhile, 15 mm has been trimmed from its length due to shorter overhangs front and rear, resulting in what should be better off-road performance (as the photos suggests), but at no compromise to legroom, which sees an improvement instead.
We’ll only know more when the new GLA makes its debut in a few days’ time, where it will continue to compete against the BMW X1 and Audi Q3, so stay tuned.
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