Two new models teased ahead of launch, a racecar from BMW and the new Mercedes-Benz GLA.


The upcoming BMW M3/M4 is due for release in 2021. But we already know a good deal of info about the sportiest 3 Series. BMW confirmed that the performance twins will be powered by inline six-cylinder engines, in varying states of tune. There will be rear- and all-wheel-drive versions and manual transmission for the purists. You can learn all about the upcoming M3/M4 from our earlier story here.

While we know what’s under the bonnet, there has been much speculation as to what the new model will look like. Spy pics have shown that the new M3/4 will have a massive central grille. This teaser image of the upcoming car’s race counterpart gives us the best indication to date of the size and shape of the signature ‘kidneys’.

The BMW M4 GT3 will be the new top vehicle in the customer racing offering. The racecar has been in development for several months and will undergo intensive testing next year. The BMW M4 GT3 is closely based on the road-going version and will even use its twin-turbocharged inline six-cylinder engine.

You can read more about the future in M from this exclusive interview with the BMW M division boss.

Mercedes-Benz GLA

In just a few hours, Mercedes-Benz will pull the wraps off its latest generation small SUV called the GLA. Ahead of the newcomer’s debut, Mercedes has sent out the teaser image you see above. We don’t have much info to go with just yet, but Mercedes has shared some info. The new GLA will be around 100 mm taller than the outgoing model and 15 mm shorter, but it will feature a longer wheelbase.

The new GLA is based on the sleek A-Class (which we reviewed here) so we can expect the interior treatment to be quite similar. No word yet on engine options, but we can expect the line-up to mirror that of the A-Class, with GLA35 AMG and GLA45/45S derivatives arriving later on.