- Looks like: A swanky compact crossover from Mercedes-Benz
- Defining characteristics: Layered dashboard, aggressive exterior styling
- Ridiculous features: "Laser-beam projector headlights," temperature-dependent color-changing interior air vents
- Chance of being mass-produced: Built on current Mercedes A- and B-Class vehicle platforms, so probably very good
The last big auto show of the global season is upon us, and it is shaping up to be perhaps the biggest of the circuit. Mercedes-Benz has chosen the Shanghai motor show in China to unveil a new concept: the Concept GLA compact crossover.
Built off of the same platform as Mercedes-Benz' A- and B-Class vehicles, which we will see in the U.S. as the 2014 CLA sedan and B-Class Electric Drive, it uses a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine to make 208 horsepower. That energy is channeled through a seven-speed automatic transmission to all four wheels using Mercedes-Benz' 4Matic all-wheel-drive system. So mechanically, the Concept GLA is certainly feasible, and given the Chinese market's thirst for small premium compact crossovers, it makes sense.