Mercedes-Benz's smallest crossover is getting a little roomier.
A tech upgrade is also in store for the second-generation GLA, which Mercedes unveiled Wednesday, Dec. 11, online, the first time the brand has premiered a model on a livestream.
The GLA will arrive in European dealerships in the spring to battle with the BMW X2 and Audi Q2. U.S. and China sales start in summer 2020.
The GLA is the eighth member of Mercedes' compact-car family and the brand's entry-level utility. It's based on the A class and is positioned below the boxy GLB, which offers up to eight seats.
"The GLB is the most functional and most spacious representative of our compact class family, while the new GLA is positioned as its sporty brother and as a lifestyle-oriented SUV," sales and marketing chief Britta Seeger said in a statement.
The new GLA — 4 inches taller than its predecessor — offers more headroom in the front seats and more legroom in the rear.
The GLA targets millennials before they have a family, said Sam Fiorani, vice president at AutoForecast Solutions. "Where their parents would have purchased a coupe, today's aspiring professionals look to stylish utilities before moving up to the bigger models when their own kids arrive," Fiorani said.