Mercedes-Benz GLA Concept - Shanghai 2013 - Front three-quarter view with crowd



If the reception it received at the Shanghai Motor Show is any judge of marketplace acceptance, Mercedes-Benz has a hit on its hands in the form of the GLA Concept. And we can understand why – we’re quickly becoming fans of Mercedes’ recent styling language, as defined by new models like the CLA and this GLA Concept.



The big news on the exterior front are the headlamp clusters, which have frickin’ laser beams attached to their foreheads embedded inside that are capable of projecting videos and images on a screen. Plus, a pair of video cameras are mounted on the roof that can be used to capture driving excitement or removed and taken with you. How cool is that? We just hope they have a substantial locking mechanism to prevent would-be thievery.



If the exterior is mostly ready for production, with a few of the more outlandish elements moved to the trash bin – like, for instance, laser-beam headlamps and removable action cams – the interior is a true custom job that screams concept loud and clear. There are all kinds of jewel-like finishes inside, along with transparent surfaces showing what looks like metal latticework underneath and some awfully thick-looking leather with massive exterior stitching done by hand, similar to what you’d find on a baseball glove.



Under the twin-bulged hood sits a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that sends 208 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque through a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission to all four wheels via Mercedes’ proprietary 4Matic all-wheel-drive system. There’s plenty more in the press release below, and we suggest you take a gander at our high-res image gallery above to take in all the unique details.

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By Jeremy Korzeniewski