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Mercedes-Benz has released the first images with the upcoming GLA Concept scheduled to make its public debut on Saturday at 2013 Auto Shanghai, thus confirming last month's report.
The pics show an appealing crossover featuring a bulging hood, raked windscreen, protection plates under the bumpers, roof rails, muscular wheel arches (with moldings), dual exhaust and 20-inch alloys covered by 255/45 R20 tires. We also notice those interestingly shaped sweptback headlights and a huge front grille with the big three pointed-star logo. As you would imagine, the production version will take a lot of styling cues from the A-Class but with an increased ride height.
The crossover is 172.4 inches (4.38 meters) long, 77.6 inches (1.97 meters) wide and 61.8 inches (1.57 meters) tall, with a 106.3-inch (2.69 meters) wheelbase. Power comes from an inline-four 2.0-liter turbo gasoline engine borrowed from the A250 producing 211 HP (155 kW). It's linked to a 7G-DCT dual-clutch gearbox sending power to the 4MATIC all-wheel drive system.
The production model's engine lineup will be carried over from the hatchback which means it will be offered with a variety of 4-cylinder gasoline and diesel engines producing up to 211 HP (155 kW). An AMG variant is also rumored with a 4-cylinder, 2.0-liter turbocharged engine generating about 354 HP (260 kW).
The production version will be revealed in September at the Frankfurt Motor Show.