Short Wheelbase Mercedes GLA 3-Door Is Nifty

Through careful market research and probably the whims of executives, some automakers have given up on 3-door compact cars altogether. Renault, for instance, has given up on the 3-door Clio, while Mercedes has dropped the short 3-door.
GLA 3-door rendering 4 photos
Photo: Theophilus Chin
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There's a good reason for this. Nothing ruins the premium feel of a car more than having to squeeze into the back.

So how about this thing? A three-door version of the GLA-Class crossover has been rended by Theophilus Chin. Rather then simply photoshoping a door out, he shortened the wheelbase of the car and added his own design for an immobile rear quarter glass.

Rear door are like a €1,100 option on the Audi A3, €800 on a SEAT Leon – think of the options you could have on your GLA if it were cheaper.

A shorter wheelbase crossover would also be a bit more agile, theoretically better offroad and easier to park in tight spaces.
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About the author: Mihnea Radu
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Mihnea's favorite cars have already been built, the so-called modern classics from the '80s and '90s. He also loves local car culture from all over the world, so don't be surprised to see him getting excited about weird Japanese imports, low-rider VWs out of Germany, replicas from Russia or LS swaps down in Florida.
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