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    Mercedes-Benz GLA to Appear Tomorrow

      ...debuting virtually, online...

    Mercedes-Benz is trying something new with the debut of the GLA. Rather than holding an event, they are doing an online reveal of the new GLA class. We got a preview of the new GLA in the form of a sketch released from Mercedes.  Ignore the ridiculous sized wheels and you'll get a good view of what it will look like.  

    The new GLA rides on a new platform, the same that underpins the new A-Class, CLA, and GLB. That means, yes, it is a front-wheel drive model, but expect 4matic to be available as well.  The overall size of the car will be reduced very slightly, but the wheelbase has been increased.  This should increase legroom for passengers, but we don't have any of those dimensions yet. The roof will be slightly taller too. Unlike its predecessor, it will not be shared with Infiniti to create another QX30. 

    Front end styling won't be that different from the current A-Class or CLA and expect the interior to be very similar, if not the same, as what you'd get in an A-Class. Powertrains will be the same as well, with an AMG GLA 45 coming.  Rumor has it a hybrid version could also be in the works.

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    Source: TTAC



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    But But But, REAL Luxury Auto's are all RWD, so this cannot be a Luxury auto, but it has a Luxury Badge on the front and back and wheels...........

    So then this is the second coming? 🙄

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    1 hour ago, dfelt said:

    But But But, REAL Luxury Auto's are all RWD, so this cannot be a Luxury auto, but it has a Luxury Badge on the front and back and wheels...........

    So then this is the second coming? 🙄

    This is just their entry level CUV, though...their XT4 competitor...just a lease appliance...nothing serious.

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    Thing is though the A-class, CLA and GLB are getting positive press, where as the old GLA and CLA (which I've driven both) are were not very good and feel like discount Mercedes.  They seem to have cracked the code on this new batch of FWD platform cars.

    The SUV line is now complete and very new

    GLA 2020

    GLB 2020

    GLC 2016 (2020 refresh)

    GLE 2019 / GLE Coupe 2020

    GLS 2020

    G-wagen 2019

    EQ C 2020

    Only thing they still need is a Maybach G-wagen.

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    12 hours ago, smk4565 said:

    Thing is though the A-class, CLA and GLB are getting positive press, where as the old GLA and CLA (which I've driven both) are were not very good and feel like discount Mercedes.  They seem to have cracked the code on this new batch of FWD platform cars.

    The SUV line is now complete and very new

    GLA 2020

    GLB 2020

    GLC 2016 (2020 refresh)

    GLE 2019 / GLE Coupe 2020

    GLS 2020

    G-wagen 2019

    EQ C 2020

    Only thing they still need is a Maybach G-wagen.

    Nope not complete, as per YOUR OWN WORD, NO LUXURY can EVER be FWD, LUXURY is RWD only.

    So MB either has become the whore like everyone else giving into cheap ass FWD appliances or .............

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    5 hours ago, dfelt said:

    Nope not complete, as per YOUR OWN WORD, NO LUXURY can EVER be FWD, LUXURY is RWD only.

    So MB either has become the whore like everyone else giving into cheap ass FWD appliances or .............

    Well, the good stuff is all RWD/AWD... it's only the entry level GLA and GLB that are FWD/AWD...

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    9 hours ago, dfelt said:

    Nope not complete, as per YOUR OWN WORD, NO LUXURY can EVER be FWD, LUXURY is RWD only.

    So MB either has become the whore like everyone else giving into cheap ass FWD appliances or .............

    I say rear drive is better.  They have 5 rear drive SUVs.  And the FWD chassis ones will do battle with all the other FWD vehicles in that $35-50K segment, and theirs are the best on market now.  Acura, Volvo, Cadillac, Lexus and these companies that had it easy when Mercedes didn't come down to their level are in trouble now.

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    Used to be 100% RWD SUVs, now the brand is 33% FWD-based (2 out of 6). I expect the GLC will soon switch to FWD-based, also.

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    2 hours ago, smk4565 said:

    I say rear drive is better.  They have 5 rear drive SUVs.  And the FWD chassis ones will do battle with all the other FWD vehicles in that $35-50K segment, and theirs are the best on market now.  Acura, Volvo, Cadillac, Lexus and these companies that had it easy when Mercedes didn't come down to their level are in trouble now.

    You will never disappoint to continuously move the goal line to meet your agenda view to make MB always seem to be the best. :roflmao:

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    On 12/10/2019 at 9:25 PM, smk4565 said:

     

    Only thing they still need is a Maybach G-wagen.

    Well, they have the Maybach GLS...

    https://www.mercedes-benz.com/en/vehicles/passenger-cars/mercedes-maybach/mercedes-maybach-gls/

    10 hours ago, dfelt said:

    You will never disappoint to continuously move the goal line to meet your agenda view to make MB always seem to be the best. :roflmao:

    Well, the brand slogan is 'the best or nothing'..

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