The UK's Car magazine reports that the new model will follow Mercedes' revised naming system, carrying the GLA name. The GL signifies all future SUV badges starting with a G, and the A for its size.
Underneath the small SUV would be Merc's versatile new MFA architecture. Its dimensions will likely follow the larger of the A- and B-Class siblings.
Powerplants for the new X1, Q3 and Range Rover Evoque rival would likely include the turbocharged four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines offered with the new A-Class and B-Class, with front- and four-wheel-drive configurations available.
With the CLA set for a 2013 debut, watch for the GLA to hit motorshows later in the year or early in 2014.