Mercedes-Benz GLA Crossover/SUV to be Manufactured in China From 2015

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Now that the Middle Kingdom is slowly but surely becoming every larger car manufacturer's playground when it comes to huge sales numbers, most brands out there have already started to bring their newest models there, unlike how it was until the late 1990s.
Mercedes-Benz makes no exception to this somewhat new rule, with the Stuttgart brand going as far as creating tailor-made models – such as the recently-unveiled C-Class L – especially for the Chinese market.

Not only that, but their China-based production sites are also expanding with both increased manufacturing capacity and the introduction of new models.

One of those models will be represented by the Mercedes-Benz GLA starting with 2015, despite the fact that the initial models destined for the Chinese market will be exported there from Rastatt, Germany, starting this Fall.

Next year though, the GLA will become the first member of the Mercedes-Benz MFA (Modular Front Architecture) to be manufactured outside of Europe, at a plant co-owned with their Chinese partners Beijing Benz.

Apart from the diesel models and the bonkers 45 AMG variant, the Mercedes-Benz GLA will be available with turbocharged four-cylinder engines in the Middle Kingdom, with power figures ranging from 156 hp to 211 hp.

Almost like in Europe, the Chinese GLA will have to battle the BMW X1 and the Audi Q3, which also have locally-built variants. There is no mention of a long-wheelbase version of the model so far, but we wouldn't be too surprised if it gets developed.

Story via CarNewsChina
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