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New Mercedes GLA will go on sale in Spring (gallery)

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Mercedes-Benz has revealed the replacement GLA compact SUV, ahead of its arrival in UK dealerships in Spring.

The new model, which rivals the BMW X2 and Audi Q2, brings a range of new technology to the segment from larger Mercedes models.

Powering the new GLA is a suite of petrol and diesel engines, as found in the current A-Class. There will also be a plug-in hybrid version available.

A longer wheelbase and raised roof provides more head and leg room for passengers, while overall length has been reduced to give the car a more compact footprint.

Boot space has increased to 435 litres. The rear seats can be optionally adjusted by 14cm and the rear seat backrest set to a steeper rake, making room for larger items.

Off-road capability is enhanced with shorter overhangs and protective cladding around the body.

Versions equipped with 4Matic all-wheel-drive also feature a hill descent assist function and an off-road driving mode.

The optional Driving Assistance Package introduces new features such as the turning manoeuvre function, the emergency corridor function, the exit warning function alerting the driver to approaching cyclists or vehicles, and a warning when pedestrians are detected near zebra crossings.

Features such as adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist and blind spot montoring are also available. For the first time the blind spot monitor can warn the driver or passenger of an approaching obstruction before they open the door to exit the vehicle.

Like the A-Class, on which it is based, the GLA features Mercedes’ MBUX infotainment system and two-screen digital cockpit system.

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