Facelifted Mercedes-Benz GLA And GLA 45 Bow In Detroit

Mercedes-Benz has introduced the facelifted GLA on the eve of the Detroit Auto Show with a number of minor refreshments compared to the current car.

Perhaps the most obvious change to the updated GLA is the modified front end that includes a set of round fog lights for the 220 variant. Additionally, the facelifted GLA enjoys a slightly different rear with new tinted taillights in what Mercedes-Benz dubs as a “fitness programme” for the compact SUV designed to make the GLA more rugged in its appearance.

There is only one new variant added to the range and dubbed the GLA 220 4Matic that pumps out 184 hp and 300 Nm of torque. The rest of the petrol range them consist of the GLA 180, GLA 200, GLA 250, GLA 250 4Matic and of course, the Mercedes-AMG GLA 45 4Matic. As for the diesels, they include the GLA 180 d, GLA 200 d, GLA 200 d 4Matic, GLA 220d and the GLA 220d 4Matic.

The interior of the new GLA benefits from a 360-degree camera that displays the surroundings of the car on the free-standing 8-inch media display. Additionally, the electric seat adjustable switches have been given a new silver chrome finish while updated seat cover fabrics complement the Style and Urban equipment lines. Hand-made leather trim is also offered with the Exclusive package alongside aluminium and wooden accents. Trim can also be finished in carbon fiber if customers so choose.

The facelifted Mercedes-Benz GLA also receives the optional Night package that includes 18-inch wheels, black radiator louvres, black roof rails and sporty looking front and rear bumpers.

One key new option are the LED High Performance headlights developed for the new model. Sitting in place of the standard bi-xenon headlights, they consume less energy but are still incredibly bright and include daytime running lights using multifunctional fiber optic cables.

As always, the range continues to be topped out by the Mercedes-AMG GLA 45 4Matic. In its updated guise, the turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine delivers 381 hp and 475 Nm of torque, allowing the car to hit 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 4.4 seconds. The 7-speed dual-clutch transmission found in the facelifted GLA 45 includes shorter ratios in gears three to seven to aid in acceleration.

A new Yellow Night Edition package is also available for the new GLA 45 4Matic. It consists of an exterior finished in either Night Black or Cosmos Black and includes numerous matte Graphite Grey and Yellow accents.

Prices in Germany for the facelifted Mercedes-Benz GLA start at 28,940 euros ($30,504) for the GLA 180 and swell to 56,852 euros ($59,924) for the GLA 45.

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  • Mike Gonzalez

    to call it a facelift is a big stretch cuz it’s hard to spot even 3 differences

    • Matt

      Since when did a facelift have to mean major changes? It’s really just an industry term for mid-cycle refresh.

  • SteersUright

    The AMG version manages to somehow look really cool and embarrassingly ridiculous at the same time. I’d love to drive one, but would never buy one. Well, unless it was heavily discounted and then I could buy it for its performance alone.
    This crossover is just too small. I’m all for small and clever packaging but when small is just small and uncomfortable, then it has no appeal to me.

  • ediotsavant

    This is one of the ugliest small cuvs in the market. Proportions are terrible.

    • Tumbi Mtika

      I would rather have a CX-3. Wait. This is subcompact, right?

  • Tumbi Mtika

    They brought an A-Klasse onto the stage and thought we wouldn’t notice.

  • eb110americana

    The center stack looks terribly dated. They should have put in a new HVAC and stereo unit that doesn’t look like it came out of an 8 year old Mercedes. I don’t even mind the floating iPad screen, and the rest of the interior looks quite nice. But those controls will make the car feel out of date in a hurry.

    • BGM

      It gets worse. To me at least the column mounted shifter is a sin. How come the AMG versions get a nice shifter in the transmission tunnel while the cheaper versions don’t? MB making two versions is unnecessarily complicated. Kill the column shifter NOW!

  • rover10

    What an ugly monstrosity this car is, the so called exterior upgrades are truly awful.

  • fabri99

    I actually love the way the GLA looks. Considering it’s not a real SUV but just a taller hatchback, I’d have the GLA over the A-Class.