….on the way to showrooms everywhere.
Mercedes-Benz has taken the wraps off their updated GLA at the 2017 Detroit Motor Show which, notably, brings a raft of small improvements to the crossover as well as a new range topping AMG-branded high-performance variant.
First, the GLA has received some visual tweaks, wearing reshaped front bumpers and a correspondingly tweaked front grille, LED illumination that replaces the now-older model’s bi-xenons, some new alloys that’s sure to be the most obvious marker of newness.
The new GLA (at least in standard form), as was previously suspected, now sits higher on 30mm raised suspension to give the standard crossover-style cladding more purpose. Its might have not looked any more ‘rugged’ than it does now if it relied entirely on its body alone.
Still, we’re fairly certain that Mercedes-Benz still would not recommend anything beyond light off-roading in their smallest luxury crossover.
Mechanically, a new entrant to the GLA’s range is the 220, driven by a 2.1-litre petrol engine that outputs 135kW and 300Nm. It comes only with the 4Matic all-wheel drive system and sits between the less expensive GLA 200 and the higher-end GLA 250.
Speaking of which, both of the other petrol powered GLAs are largely unchanged save for improved fuel efficiency numbers. The same can also be said of the diesel-propelled versions which can achieve up to a claimed 3.5-litres/100km.
The interior too looks to have its improvements hidden beyond familiar cosmetics. The centrally-mounted infotainment display measures 8-inches diagonally, as before, but now features improved connectivity options such as support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. New options include 360-degree camera and keyless entry.
On to the AMG high-performance variant, the GLA 45, and it too remains largely unchanged. Under its bonnet lies a turbocharged 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine that chucks out 280kW and 475Nm - a 15kW and 50Nm improvement over the outgoing model - and the twin-clutch transmission now has revised (and more closely spaced) ratios.
Finally, a new range-topping Yellow Night Edition sits above the ‘standard’ AMG GLA 45. It’s purely cosmetic, adding fittingly yellow accents to an otherwise fully black exterior matched to similarly dark and yellow accented wheels.
Inside, it is furnished with Artico leather and Dinamica, covering the seats and AMG Performance steering wheel. Further yellow peppering are found on the air conditioning vents, door sills, and floor mats.
Benz is expected to roll the facelifted GLA to showrooms internationally very soon and should arrive on our shores toward the middle of 2017.