2017 Mercedes-Benz GLA facelift: prices and specs released

The Mercedes-Benz GLA prices and specs have been revealed; the facelifted model now starts at £25,880 – an increase of £620 over the outgoing car.

Entry-level GLA 200 SE spec cars kick off the range, and is one of three petrol variants; the other two being the GLA 250 4Matic and the hot Mercedes-AMG GLA 45 4Matic. The diesels on offer are both all-wheel drive offerings; the GLA 200d 4Matic and new-to-the-range GLA 220d 4Matic. The former is the most frugal in the GLA range, giving claimed fuel economy of 67.3mpg and 108g/km CO2.

The three trim levels; SE, Sport and AMG Line trims remain, while the AMG GLA 45 is more stand-alone, at the top of the range at £46,875. Mercedes has made keyless start standard, as well as Apple Carplay. A reversing camera is now available, at £330, providing the customer opts for the £1695 Premium or £2995 Premium Plus packs.

Two special editions sit at opposite ends of the range; the £31,600 Whiteart Edition, which is based on the AMG Line GLA 200, and the Yellow Night Edition of the GLA 45, which tops the range at £53,135; this adds the yellow exterior trim seen on the Detroit motor show display car, amongst its upgrades.

The GLA has received an extra petrol engine option and new range-topping trim level as part of its 2017 facelift.

The refreshed car wears tweaked bumpers, a newly designed grille and different alloys. The old car’s optional bi-xenon headlights have been replaced by LED items.

New standard springs place the body 30mm higher than the outgoing car, giving it a more rugged look.

Added to the car’s engine range is a 220 petrol unit that produces 181bhp and 221lb ft of torque. It comes exclusively with 4Matic four-wheel drive and slots between the two existing petrol units, the 154bhp 200 and 211bhp 250, which remain unchanged in the facelifted car.

The diesel line-up is the same as before and contains 200d and 220d 4Matic options with 134bhp and 175bhp respectively, and up to 67.3mpg on offer.

As before, the cabin features an 8-inch infotainment system but there are new dials and needles behind the steering wheel. There’s also a chrome finish for the electric seat controls and centre console stowage compartment surround.

The GLA gains a new range-topper called Yellow Night Edition, which gets more standard kit than the previous top model, the AMG Line Premium Plus. Available on every variant of the 2017 GLA, Yellow Night Edition cars are painted in black with yellow highlights and sit on alloy wheels wearing the same colour scheme.

Artico leather and Dinamica microfiber material wrap the seats of Yellow Night Edition cars and are joined by an AMG Performance steering wheel in the cabin. Door sills, floor mats and air outlets are also finished with yellow highlights.

Elsewhere in the range, keyless entry and a 360-degree camera are new options. The most potent model, the AMG GLA 45, gets similar visual updates and retains its turbocharged 2.0-litre engine with 376bhp and 350lb ft of torque on offer. There are, however, shorter gear ratios for the car’s seven-speed dual clutch gearbox in gears three to seven.

UK pricing is yet to be revealed, but an increase of around £500 is expected on most models. That would bring the starting price for the 2017 GLA up to about £28,050. The AMG GLA 45 would start at about £46,050.

First deliveries of facelifted cars in the UK are expected to begin in April.

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