Frankfurt Motor Show LIVE: Mercedes-Benz GLA image

Mercedes-Benz has officially revealed the eagerly anticipated 2014 GLA at its Frankfurt Motor Show venue.

The new GLA model is a big part of the all out offensive on the crossover style line-up Mercedes is promoting – it wants to fill all niches available, from SUVs to 4 door coupes. The GLA taps into the very compact crossover segment, which was proved highly successful by the lower-end Nissan Juke.

Due to its dimensions, GLA rides on the A Class platform, with a more muscular body, bigger alloys, roof rails, a dual exhaust arrangement, tailgate-mounted spoiler and an almost identical interior cabin. The compact crossover is 4417mm long, 1804mm wide, 1,494mm tall and has a drag coefficient of 0.29. It has a cargo space of 421 liters with the rear seats up and 836 liters once you fold them down.

On the gasoline powered section, we have the 1.6-liter with 156 hp (115 kW) of the GLA 200 and the 2.0-liter with 211 hp (155 kW) in the GLA 250 – which has a fuel consumption of 7.1 liters / 100 km (33.1 mpg US or 39.7 mpg UK). GLA 250 equipped with 4MATIC will do 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) in 6.5 seconds before reaching a top speed of 145 mph (233 km/h).

The diesel side offers the GLA 200 CDI with a 2.2-liter delivering 136 hp (100 kW) and 300 Nm (221 lb-ft), good for a 4.3 liters / 100 km (54.7 mpg US or 65.6 mpg UK) consumption, while the GLA 220 CDI has the same 2.2-liter with 170 hp (125 kW) and 350 Nm (258 lb-ft). The latter is also available with all wheel drive, and both 4MATIC models have a Downhill Speed Regulation (DSR) system and an off-road transmission mode.