The updated Mercedes GLA crossover has just been unveiled at the 2017 Detroit Motor Show, so get ready for news concerning everything from powertrain to starting price.
Getting costs out of the way quickly, the thoroughly revised new GLA will be arriving at a starting price of £25,880. Now, onto how it’s aiming to earn every penny.
Firstly, drivers are going to turn heads. The GLA has been designed to compete with the strikingly sleek BMW X1, so the team over at Merc have invested in a number of interior and exterior design tweaks that add up to a very impressive whole. The bumpers have been revised, fresh lightweight alloy wheels have been added, and option LED headlights can replace the old bi-xenons.
More importantly, the ride height has been bumped up by 30mm, granting the GLA a more commanding SUV presence, a move emphasized by the fact that off-road comfort suspension comes as standard, but you can still expect the vehicle to move with seamless agility on road and motorway thanks to small changes to the vehicle’s aerodynamic profile.
So, quite the facelift, and you’ll continue to be impressed once you slip inside.
The interior has been revised almost as extensively as the exterior. There are new seat upholstery options, chrome trim accents, and redesigned instruments. The GLA still retains its much-loved seven or eight-inch infotainment system, but you can now add in a 360-degree Surround View Camera, which creates a virtual bird’s-eye view of the vehicle and surrounding area. ATTENTION ASSIST will monitor up to 80 driving parameters to determine whether you’re staying focused, and hands-free boot access lets you stow cargo when your hands are full.
We’ve also seen some upgrades across various trim levels. The SE trim has plenty of premium amenities as standard, including keyless-go, Apple CarPlay, and a rearview camera. Upgraded packages include the Premium package, which offers sat-nav, parking assist, and LED headlights for £1,695, and Premium Plus, which adds a Keyless-Go package and a panoramic sunroof for £2,995.
Performance, as you might expect, should exhilarate. UK models receive the choice of three turbocharged 2.0L petrol engines, which span from 154bhp to 376bhp, as well as two 2.1L diesel engines, the first a 134bhp and the second a 174bhp.
We’ll even get a new special edition WhiteArt Edition GLA, priced from £31,260, a Mercedes-AMG GLA 45 promising 0-62mph in 4.4 seconds, and even a cool limited-run Yellow Night Edition.