The new GLA has been raised higher, and now stands more than 3.9 inches higher than the previous model year; and even with more legroom in the back, the new GLA is about 0.6 inches shorter than the previous model. - Photo courtesy of Mercedes-Benz. 

The new GLA has been raised higher, and now stands more than 3.9 inches higher than the previous model year; and even with more legroom in the back, the new GLA is about 0.6 inches shorter than the previous model.

Photo courtesy of Mercedes-Benz. 

Mercedes-Benz unveiled its new GLA Wednesday morning through a live-streamed digital world premiere.

The new GLA represents an entry-level model into the Mercedes-Benz SUV family and will launch in the U.S. in summer 2020, the company stated. 

Pricing was not dislcosed. 

This new GLA, which marks the fourth model to join the U.S. line-up in its current generation and will offer more headroom in the front and more legroom in the back.

The new GLA has been raised higher, and now stands more than 3.9 inches higher than the previous model year; and even with more legroom in the back, the new GLA is about 0.6 inches shorter than the previous model, according to Mercedes-Benz.

Active Brake Assist, which applies autonomous braking in emergency situations when a driver doesn’t apply the brakes, will be a standard feature for the new GLA.

An off-road engineering package — which includes a downhill driving assist function, an additional driving program, an off-road animation in the media display, and a special light function for off-road driving — will come standard in the new GLA’s 4MATIC configuration.

"The launch of the new GLA marks the culmination of a complete renewal of our family of compact cars," says Britta Seeger, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG, responsible for Mercedes-Benz Cars Marketing & Sales. "The high demand for our SUVs shows that we can offer the right model for all of our customers here. Reflecting customer demand, these include two off-road models, the GLB and GLA, which complement each other perfectly: 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."

The new GLA will be powered by an inline-four-cylinder engine and automatic transmission that will produce 221 hp and 258 lb.-ft. of torque.

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