These are the first spy photos with the Mercedes-Benz GLA, a compact crossover based on the MFA platform that will be launched next year.

A while ago Mercedes-Benz announced its intensions of launching several compact models, including a compact crossover based on the firm’s MFA small car platform that is utilized for the latest A-Class and B-Class models. These are the first spy photos of the upcoming GLA crossover which promises to look a bit sportier than other models in this segment while sticking to the engines available for the A- and B-Class models, along with a potential hotter AMG version.

Chances are that this model will also arrive in the United States in 2014, after a European debut next year. We don’t know if Mercedes plans on offering both FWD and AWD versions of the GLA, but we’re almost certain that the entry-level engine will be a 4-cylinder with 211 hp (157 kW) linked to a dual clutch, 7-speed transmission.

In one of the attached spy photos you will also see the CLA which is also based on the MFA platform and will get just about the same engines as the A-Class, while the styling will be influenced from the CLS. The CLA will be manufactured at the company’s Kecskemét factory in Hungary, probably where they will also make the GLA.

Gallery: Mercedes-Benz GLA first spy photos emerge