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A line of small crossovers produced by Mercedes-Benz beginning with model year 2014.

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The following section is an excerpt from Wikipedia's Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class page on 9 June 2020, text available via the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

The Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class is a subcompact luxury crossover SUV unveiled by the German manufacturer Mercedes-Benz at the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show. It was previously unveiled to the public at the Shanghai Auto Show in April 2013 as a concept car. A second generation GLA-Class was introduced in December 2019.

The name GLA was devised in accordance with the revised Mercedes-Benz nomenclature for SUVs. This was formally announced in November 2014 to begin rollout in 2015. However, the GLA-Class name was already compliant with the naming structure since its debut. Under this scheme, SUVs use the base name "GL", followed by the model's placement in Mercedes-Benz hierarchy. The "G" is for geländewagen (German for off-road vehicle) and alludes the long-running G-Wagen. This is followed by the letter "L" that acts as a linkage with the letter "A"—the GLA being the SUV equivalent to the A-Class.

From 2016 to 2019, it was imported and sold by Nissan through its Infiniti Brand in North America as the Infiniti QX30 with only minor detail/appearance differences; mechanically, the two cars are almost identical. It slots below the Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class, renamed GLC-Class from 2015.

The GLA-Class is powered by a range of petrol and diesel 4-cylinder engines, and comes in either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive 4Matic.


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DateArticleAuthor/Source
14 August 2013New Mercedes SUV - Fit For Off-Road Excursions Geoff Maxted, DriveWrite Automotive
6 May 2020Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC, Receipt of Petition for Decision of Inconsequential NoncomplianceFederal Register: NHTSA (Otto G. Matheke III)


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