Mercedes-Benz has released pictures of the GLA compact crossover that will arrive in 2014 at a price expected to be only slightly higher than its cousin, the CLA sedan.
The five-door crossover, which will compete with the BMW X1 and Audi Q3, debuts next month at the Frankfurt auto show.
Mercedes turned heads in February when it announced that the CLA will start below $30,000, without shipping. Including shipping, the CLA will start at $30,825. Pricing has not been announced for the GLA, which is based on the same front-wheel-drive platform as the CLA. But sources say the fwd model will start about $1,000 more than the CLA and the all-wheel-drive version will be priced about $2,000 higher than the fwd GLA.
This would distance the GLA from the GLK crossover, which has a base price of $38,015, including shipping. The GLA, at 173.9 inches long, is 4.4 inches shorter than the GLK. It is nearly 8 inches narrower at 71 inches wide and 8 inches shorter at 58.8 inches tall.
The GLA 250 debuts in fall 2014 with a new generation of Mercedes' 4Matic awd system. The fwd GLA will go on sale in early 2015. The CLA goes on sale next month in the United States.