The final Mercedes-Benz MFA car to be redesigned has finally been revealed. The 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA Class is sporting an evolutionary design that looks more youthful and packs more interior space than its predecessor.
There’s little in the way of surprises here, including the exterior design. Mercedes has taken the general shape of the current GLA Class and added in design cues from the other MFA models, such as the CLA Class and A Class. This means the front clip design has more scowl than the outgoing model, while the overall design looks cleaner and more youthful.
The GLA has actually grown in every direction, including 3.9-inches taller, 1.2-inches wider and 1.1-inches in additional wheelbase.
The added dimensions have translated into a more spacious interior and an easier egress/ingress, which has been a complaint of buyers of the current GLA. The added interior space is most obvious for rear seat passengers, who will have an additional 4.5-inches of legroom. Front legroom and rear headroom are the only measurements on the 2021 GLA to shrink versus today’s model.
For the most part the GLA is borrowing most of its interior components from the A, CLA and GLB Class models, but it isn’t a carbon copy. The massive dual-screen panel found in most Mercedes models is actually sit back a bit in the GLA, versus free-floating in the other models. Aside from that minor alteration, the round vents and switchgear are all pulled directly from the other models.
Also pulled from the other models is the GLA’s power. Mercedes has announced the GLA 250 and GLA 250 4MATIC, both of which will be powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four with 221 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. This power will flow through an eight-speed automatic transmission.
Mercedes has also gone ahead and announced the Mercedes-AMG GLA35 model. This hotter version will be powered by the same turbo 2.0-liter, but with 302 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. Of course, there’s other hardware reinforcements such as larger brakes and unique bodywork.
While the GLA35 will launch sometime in late 2020, an even hotter GLA45 is expected to arrive sometime after that.
Those interested in the all-new 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA Class will be able to find them in dealerships summer 2020.