Mercedes-Benz has revealed the first pictures of a concept compact SUV which will form the basis of a new UK launch for 2014.
Badged Concept GLA, it is the fourth vehicle based on the same platform shared by the A-Class, B-Class and CLA.
Under the bonnet of this 4.4-metre long concept vehicle sits a four-cylinder, 2-litre 210bhp turbocharged petrol engine, however production models would be offered with diesel engines too.
Its power is transmitted to the road via the 7G-DCT dual clutch automatic transmission and 4MATIC all-wheel drive.
"The Concept GLA marks a new approach for us in the compact SUV segment – this is a sporty and more coupé-like evolution of this category of vehicle," said Dr Joachim Schmidt, executive vice president for sales and marketing at Mercedes-Benz Cars.
"The Concept GLA is a compact SUV that combines its sporting spirit with the all-round qualities of a tough, leisure-time companion. 'Escape the everyday' is the message that this car conveys to its driver.
"It also makes clear the further potential of our compact vehicle architecture, which provides the basis for the A- and B-Class models that led the German market in their respective segments in the first quarter of 2013."