Three days before Shanghai, Mercedes-Benz rolls out their A-Class based mini-ute.

Shanghai is just around the corner – doors open this Saturday – and the automotive concept bucket is starting to leak. Mercedes-Benz is the latest to be afflicted by the leak machine with their GLA making an appearance online.

Based on the A-Class, the GLA is the latest sport utility to come from the tri-star brand. Sources say this concept is almost spot-on with what we will see in the production GLA at the Frankfurt Auto Show in September and on dealer lots mid-2014.

The GLA will sport the same engine as the A-Class, a 208hp inline-four, and a 7-speed DCT automatic sending power to all four wheels. Later, an AMG variant will be born with the same drivetrain as the new CLA 45 AMG.

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