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Not that this will ever be made or anything, but here is a rendering of a 3-door GLA.



There used to be crossovers with only one door on each side, but those days have come and gone. Nobody wants to have to squeeze into the backseat of their "luxury" BMW, and I don't blame them.
 

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Not that this will ever be made or anything, but here is a rendering of a 3-door GLA.



There used to be crossovers with only one door on each side, but those days have come and gone. Nobody wants to have to squeeze into the backseat of their "luxury" BMW, and I don't blame them.
Well Range Rover makes the Evoque in 3 door and 5 door layouts. Granted of the 88,000 they sold last year only about 15% were 3 doors, but if the GLA is going to be a vehicle for young people and an aging Europe i dont see why a 3 door GLA cant fly?

I know the backseat is already fairly small but if they bring it a touch forward and rake the rear window a little further we could have a GLA shooting brake!!




the coupe is .5 in shorter than the 5 door...
 

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I'm sure plenty of people would be willing to give up two doors if it meant a cheaper price point. Especially since the GLA is supposed to target a younger crowd.

Climbing in behind the seats to get in the back is always such a hassle though.

Do you really think Mercedes will come out with this, or is it just a pipe dream?
 

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Two door coupes are typically more expensive than four doors.
Really? it seems like the coupe would be less, especially for a CUV. It is more of a nuisance for passengers to get in the back seat. Who wants to have to climb behind the seats to get into their luxury vehicle? I could see it being more with sedans, but in the CUV market having four doors seems more desirable than having two. In the end maybe that's a good thing. I can buy the four door and feel like i'm getting a deal instead of paying extra or some extra doors.
 

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I'm not sure if sedan vs. SUV would make any difference. I'm just going off the trend I see with both new Merc's, as well as used ones.

The two-door coupe versions of all the current cars are sold at a premium over the four door version. With the used market, even going as far back as the 300D, you'll find the 300CD sells for a little more.
 

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Really? it seems like the coupe would be less, especially for a CUV. It is more of a nuisance for passengers to get in the back seat. Who wants to have to climb behind the seats to get into their luxury vehicle? I could see it being more with sedans, but in the CUV market having four doors seems more desirable than having two. In the end maybe that's a good thing. I can buy the four door and feel like i'm getting a deal instead of paying extra or some extra doors.

No Cocles is right about coupes selling at a premium, its the case for C and E coupes vs C and E sedans. Even the Evoque has the same price structure. ~$46k for 4 door, ~$48k for the coupe version. I really doubt Merc puts a GLA coupe into production it is such a limited market as parker stated above. The Evoque only moved 13,200 coupes last year...

Although if this car becomes a favourite of wealthy seniors, a 2 door GLA could be a mainstream renaissance of the Shooting Brake albeit in a little more rugged form, especially in Europe.
 

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Really? it seems like the coupe would be less, especially for a CUV. It is more of a nuisance for passengers to get in the back seat. Who wants to have to climb behind the seats to get into their luxury vehicle? I could see it being more with sedans, but in the CUV market having four doors seems more desirable than having two. In the end maybe that's a good thing. I can buy the four door and feel like i'm getting a deal instead of paying extra or some extra doors.
the same can be said about people who buy coupes, if you need to fit people in the rear seats quite often then getting a 2 door might not be the greatest idea. most people that buy 2 doors just need the car for themselves and at times to bring a couple of friends along.
 

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I really doubt a coupe of this size would really make an impact in the car market. It would make more sense to have four doors. Especially when it comes to compact you want each and every way possible to get in to the spaces.
 
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