Say hello to the new Mercedes GLA Concept compact crossover.  It was unveiled at Shanghai auto show this week and boasts some rather surprising technology that most certainly warrants a look.

In addition to what is rapidly becoming an industry standard  turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, Mercedes has outfitted the GLA concept with a set of laser beam projecting headlights.  And while they serve to illuminate the path that lay ahead, Mercedes says that they can also fire an image onto a screen.  Yes, you read that right.  You can create your own drive-in movie theater with the new GLA Concept compact crossover.  It’s also said to come with a set of roof rackable HD cameras that can be removed when needed.

Aesthetic features include 20-inch rims, interior leather trim that boasts 65 feet of hand-stitched seams, and air vents that change color – red for warm air and blue for cool air.  A mess of fiber optic lighting adds further allure and a motorized tailgate, amongst many other features, lend further opulence to the GLA Concept compact cross over.

Sorry, no word on when the GLA will hit showroom floors, but I can tell you that its 2.0l engine will produce 208 horses of power and 258 pound-feet of torque.

Christen Costa

Grew up back East, got sick of the cold and headed West. Since I was small I have been pushing buttons - both electronic and human. With an insatiable need for tech I thought "why not start a blog focusing on technology, and use my dislikes and likes to post on gadgets."