Mercedes-Benz first launched the GLA Class model in 2013 at the Frankfurt Auto Show. In January 2017, the automaker unveiled the latest version of this model. This unveiling ceremony took place at the Detroit Motor Show. The changes made to the GLA Class SUV were minor. For example, modifications to its front were visible. These modifications included a redesigned grille, new fog lights, and optional LED headlights. Changes to the rear included a reshaped bumper and restyled taillights.
It seems as though the German automaker is preparing for the launch of another GLA Class version. Spy videos of these preparations are now available. More specifically, these videos show an SUV racing through the Nürburgring Motorsports Complex in Nürburg, Germany. This SUV resembles the Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class model, but it has additional features. Observing these features in the spy videos is difficult because the car is in a constant start of motion. Observation is also challenging because white and black camouflage is covering the body of the test car.
Fortunately, some parts of the SUV cannot remain hidden no matter how good Mercedes-Benz is at camouflaging its vehicles. For example, you can see that it has reshaped headlights resembling the ones found in the Mercedes-AMG GT. You can also see that the hood and front bumper are more distinctive than they are in other GLA Class models.
The rear end has some telling signs as well. One of them is protruding fender flares. These flares are similar to the ones found on the Mercedes-Benz E-400 All-Terrain 4×4. Other notable features in this test SUV are a reshaped rear spoiler, redesigned taillights, and enlarged wheel wells. Mercedes-Benz restructured its rear fascia as well.
No one knows when or where Mercedes-Benz will launch the 2019 GLA. However, experts in the automotive industry and car enthusiasts believe that it will happen in 2019. Some of them even say that it will happen in the first half of the year. Some analysts are also speculating that this version of the GLA-Class might be electric. The basis of these speculations is that the automaker is increasingly showing an interest in electrified cars. Let us wait and see if that will be the case.