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Business - January 21, 2017

Mercedes begins next GLA test

German auto maker, Mercedes-Benz has began testing the next-generation model of Benz GLA crossover, few days after the premium brand debuted.

According to report, the updated GLA wowed at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show, with refinements and enhancements to hold it over until the next-generation model arrives.

Mercedes-Benz isn’t wasting anytime on developing the new GLA, as spy photographers have caught a Mercedes A-Class prototype serving as a mule for testing purposes. Considering the new A-Class and GLA models will share the same platform, it’s no surprise the German automaker is using the A-Class for early testing.

The mule has a higher ride height, larger wheels and tires and what appears to be a slightly wider track, all evidence that this is being used to test the new GLA. The next-generation model isn’t set to arrive until late 2019 or early 2020, so there will still be plenty of time before spy photographers will manage to catch Mercedes-Benz testing the actual body.

Like the existing model, expect to see a range of gasoline engines available, as well as a high-performance AMG variant. It also wouldn’t be a surprise if the company adds an electrified variant to the lineup.

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