Mercedes has recently taken the covers off the facelift GLA Class which will be sold as the 2018 model. The car was recently unveiled at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The GLA was launched for the first time back in 2013 and it impressed everyone with its handling and refinement characteristics. Some of the main highlights of Mercedes first compact SUV included dynamic design, light footed handling and offcourse the premium interior. This new SUV also helped Mercedes become the broadest SUV range over all the other premium European car manufacturers.
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The facelift Mercedes GLA gets new LED headlamps which replaces the Bi-Xenon headlamps available on the current GLA. These LED units gets a colour temperature which is equivalent to the colour temperature of daylight which helps in relieving the strain from the driver’s eyes when they are driving at night. The low beam gets projector technology while the high beam gets LED reflector technology. The headlamp bulb is ever lasting and there is no need to change the bulb over the entire lifetime of the car. Apart from the new headlamps the car also gets a redesigned grille while the front bumper has also been tweaked slightly to match with all the other exterior changes.
The facelift compact SUV apart from styling tweaks also gets an improved aerodynamics as well. The GLA already benefits from good flow characteristics which help in contributing to the low fuel consumption. The changes to the facelift SUV includes a low A pillar step, aerodynamically optimized exterior mirror housings, an aerodynamically optimized rear silencer with connected rear diffuser which helps in improving the air flow beneath the SUVs body. Towards the rear the SUV further gets a roof spoiler lip. The rear profile also gets aerodynamically shaped taillamps plus side rear spoilers. These changes ensure that the air flow towards the rear end of the car is also aerodynamically optimal.
Just like the exterior the interior of the GLA also gets plenty of changes and premium quality materials. The first change that one will notice comes in the form of new seat fabrics, while the control panel has also been chromed out. The free standing media display is also slim and is readable. The instrument cluster also gets red needle. The switches which controls the electric seat gets highlights finished in silver chrome. The air condition vents in particular gets strong accentuated lines which definitely go well with the chrome frame surrounding the central console.
There are different packages as well which are available with the facelift GLA, the interior also gets optional sports seats as well. The SUV also gets a hands free access to the rear boot. This means that whenever the owner steps towards the rear boot the trunk is opened or closed with the foot movement.
The GLA range of SUV’s includes GLA 180 (petrol), GLA 200 (petrol), GLA 250 (petrol), GLA 250 4MATIC. The diesel variant on the other hand consists of the GLA 180 d (diesel), GLA 200 d (diesel), GLA 200 d 4MATIC (diesel), GLA 220 d (diesel) and GLA 220 d 4MATIC (diesel).
The Mercedes GLA is available in the Indian market the GLA 200 and the GLA 200 and the GLA 200 D variants. The GLA
200 is powered by the 2.0 Litre, four cylinder unit which is capable of producing about 183 Hp of peak power at 5500 rpm and 300 Nm of torque in between 1800-2400 rpm. The GLA 200 D on the other hand gets the 2.2 Litre inline 4 diesel model which produces about 136 Hp of peak power and 300 Nm of torque in between 1600 to 3000 rpm. Both the engines are paired to a 7G-DCT 7 speed dual clutch transmission.
The 2018 Mercedes GLA gets a new model in the form of GLA 220 4MATIC, this variant is powered by 2.0-litre petrol engine that produces 135 kW (184 hp) and 300 Nm of torque.
The facelift Mercedes GLA will be launched in Germany today while the Indian launch will take place later this year.
The biggest competitor of the GLA is definitely the X1 Crossover from BMW which has received its own significant share of update last year. The new X1 gets a completely new face along with some interior changes as well. The BMW Crossover is offered with only a diesel engine option. The 2.0 Litre unit 181 Bhp and 380 Nm of torque
The Mercedes GLA gets additional equipment which definitely has helped the GLA to become even more value for money product. The improved aerodynamics on the other hand will help improve the overall fuel efficiency figures and also at the same time improve its overall handling. The interior too received its own significant updates as well
We will definitely update you with more details once the SUV is launched in the Indian market towards the first half of 2017.