Mercedes GLA facelift launch on July 5, 2017

Refreshed GLA gets styling tweaks and more equipment; engines likely to be carried forward.

Mercedes is all set to bring the updated GLA SUV to the Indian market with a launch scheduled for July 5, 2017. The refreshed GLA will rival the likes of the BMW X1 and the Audi Q3. 

The model was officially unveiled to the international audience at the Detroit motor show back in January 2017. The refreshed car wears tweaked bumpers, a newly designed grille and different alloys. The pre-facelift GLA's optional bi-xenon headlights have been replaced by LED items. New, standard springs place the body 30mm higher than the outgoing model, giving it a more rugged look.

As before, the cabin features an eight-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. 

For the international markets, the GLA gains a new range-topper called Yellow Night Edition. It comes with black exterior paint, yellow highlights and sits on alloy wheels wearing the same colour scheme. Artico leather and Dinamica microfibre 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. However, it is yet to be seen whether this model makes it to our shores.
 

Mercedes recently added the new 2.0-litre diesel engine on the E-class sedan. However, the updated GLA will continue with the same set of engines as the pre-facelift model. These include a 136hp, 2.1-litre diesel and a 2.0-litre turbo petrol good for 183hp.

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