It is, I believe it was at the Toronto auto show which I attended. The GLA is a snazzy looking car though (in person) but is smaller than the Macan and doesn't have the same aggressive stance up close IMHO. Nonethless, the badge and $ will appeal to a broad range of people, for us consumers the choice of SUV's in the next few years will be immense ... but I have always wanted a Porsche and my wife said it had to carry the kids comfortably and be within a certain budget (so my Cayman aspirations went up in smoke for now) and the Macan works on that front. But each to their own.no i dont think they will compete, the GLA is a tiny little bugger, it lines up with Buicks Encore or the VW Taigun...
To give a better example the CLA (which GLA shares its platform and wheelbase with) is exactly the same size as a toyota Corolla, actually the Corolla is wider... So the GLA will be like a big Corolla Macan will go up against GLK
My niece looked at that nav screen and said it is going to be a target for break-ins and broken windows. Plus, she thought it was out of place in a Benz - it should be integrated.That nav screen looks like it was bought at RadioShack and gorilla glued to the dash. Horrible. Can't believe Merc went that direction with this ans the CLA. Totally ruined an otherwise decent interior.
As have I. Just was on a tighter deadline, and when I found that the CLA has runflats, I assumed the same for the GLA and truncated to the Macan.Ok, I will admit, I have cross-shopped these two vehicles.
My hopes have been that it isn't as bad as it's initial (negative) impression.First of all, those that are bashing the NAV….I agree, it does look awkward, to say the least.
Yes, but for some of us, the Macan is still bigger than I really wanted...max 180" long and 60" height was literally my objectives...and narrower would also have been welcome, as I've already measured and know that the Macan is going to be risky with my 8ft garage door (actually 7-10) width to not bust a mirror. Did this once with my MB and it was a quick $500 bill.2) The size…..I want a compact SUV. Since most of us (or all of us) have not seen the GLA in the flesh, have you looked at the measurements of this vehicle? Forgive me, but I'm a 'numbers' guy, so think of this:
Macan is 10" longer, 5" wider, and 5" taller. Those are considerable differences.
YMMV. Personally, I very much dislike the Macan's grill's black treatment (the "Excel Spreadsheet" slat pattern), especially how poorly it was done around the front center "lane sensor" camera assembly - it looks like an incomplete prototype instead of a finished product.All of this to bring me to point 3) The Caman looks a ton better. But that's just my opinion.