A latecomer to the subcompact crossover segment, Mercedes-Benz is just about ready to field its contender, and the GLA Concept is a close preview of what’s to come.
Tasked with competing against the BMW X1 and Audi Q3, the GLA rides on a modified version of the Mercedes-Benz A-Class‘ platform. It measures 4.38 meters (172.4 inches) long, 1.97 meters (77.6 inches) wide and 1.57 meters (61.8 inches) tall, which makes it a tad bit bigger than the hatchback all-around.
Its more rugged exterior sports most of Mercedes-Benz’s latest design cues, which include more sweeping lines and a bold radiator grille with a centrally-positioned star. Other highlights include a silver Alubeam paint finish, door mirrors fitted with a protective grille, a front skid plate, frameless side windows that provide a coupe-like profile and 20-inch wheels with a distinctive five-spoke turbine design. New headlamps featuring laser technology not only shine more light on the road, but also function as projectors.
The interior also adopts the German automaker’s latest design philosophy and looks like a modified version of the A-Class’ cabin. Looking more conceptual than the exterior, the cabin features contrasting leather and galvanized aluminum trim, fiber-optic ambient lighting and Mercedes’s COMAND infotainment system. Its stylized round air vents change colour according to the temperature set, turning white at a temperature of 22 degrees Celsius, blue at a cooler temperatures and red at higher temperatures.
The production CLA is expected to use the same engines as the A-Class, including a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four petrol unit that produces 208 horsepower (211 PS). The engines will be mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch 7G-DCT automatic transmission that drives the front wheels or all fours through Mercedes’ 4MATIC all-wheel drive system.
VW I.D. Roomzz Concept Previews An Electric Three-Row SUV
The latest concept in Volkswagen’s I.D. family is a people-hauler first and foremost.
Volkswagen is cooking up a flagship electric SUV, and the VW I.D. Roomzz Concept is an indication of what’s to come.
Based on a stretched version of the modular electric drive matrix (MEB) platform that underpins the I.D. Crozz concept, the Roomzz is a full-size SUV with three-rows of seating for up to eight occupants. More than that, the seats can be reconfigured to deliver a lounge-like experience.
Other interior highlights include a digital, glass-front panel, and massive screens for the instrument cluster and dashboard infotainment.
Level 4 autonomous capabilities means the I.D. Roomzz can drive itself in certain areas and under certain conditions without an active driver. Power is provided by two electric motors, one on each axle to provide all-wheel drive capability, energized by a 82-kWh battery.
The electric drivetrain generates a total of 302 horsepower, can accelerate the SUV from 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 6.6 seconds on route to a top speed of 180 mph (290 km/h), and provides a driving range of up to 280 miles (451 km) on Europe’s WLTP cycle, or 475 km (295 mi) under NEFZ in China.
The production version of the Volkswagen I.D. Roomzz concept is slated to debut sometime in 2020, around the same time as the production versions of the I.D. Crozz and I.D. hatchback. The Microbus-inspired I.D. Buzz and I.D. Vizzion sedan will follow suit in 2022.
Jeep Gladiator Gravity Is A Pickup Truck For Rock Climbing Fans
This is one Jeep concept you can build right now.
What happens when the Jeep Gladiator and rock climbing culture collide? You get the Jeep Gladiator Gravity, that’s what!
Inspired by rock climbing, the Gladiator Gravity “concept” stands out as the brightest of the six Gladiator concepts Jeep developed for the 2019 Moab Easter Safary, thanks in large part to its Punk’N Metallic Orange exterior. Every piece of accessory it showcases is available for order via Mopar, including the steel tube doors and rock rails, 17-inch gear wheels with 35-inch tires, two-inch lift kit, mesh sunbonnet, and tie-down straps that secure the windshield when lowered.
The bed area features Mopar cross rails and a cargo carrier basket to divide up storage space for rock-climbing gear, such as ropes, carabiners, helmets and shoes, while a unique Mopar/Decked truck bed storage system further adds to its versatility.
A cold-air intake and cat-back exhaust system up the Jeep Gladiator Gravity’s performance ante.
Even though the Gladiator Gravity is called a concept, it’s something you can build today by raiding the Jeep Performance Parts catalog. All you need is a spare $8,000 to get all the necessary accessories.
Jeep Gladiator Flatbill Is The Motocross Fan’s Pickup Truck
This is what you get when the Jeep Gladiator and motocross culture collide.
Dirt bikes and pickups go together like peanut butter and jelly, and of the six Gladiator concepts Jeep baked for the 2019 Moab Easter Jeep Safari, only the Jeep Gladiator Flatbill was purpose-developed for Motocross racing fans.
Named after the flat-brimmed caps often worn by bros, specifically the ones who might be into trucks and motocross, the Gladiator Flatbill is a dirt-bike hauler featuring modified pieces that facilitate getting bikes to and from the motocross track.
A four-inch lift, high-clearance flares, massive 40-inch tires, a custom-designed shortened front bumper, and a skid plate make sure you can go basically anywhere you’d want, while a removable tailgate and dedicated wheel ramps that slide out makes it easy to access or load your motorcycle.
The Jeep Flatbill also boasts a vented carbon hood and a long list of other accessories, some of which are available through Mopar. What do you think — should Jeep make it for the masses?