Facelifted Mercedes-Benz GLA spotted testing
Next-generation small SUV is set to get a raised ride height and an exterior refresh
The 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLA has been spotted testing ahead of its launch next year.
Mercedes’ development car for the facelifted version of its small, BMW X1-rivalling SUV features a raised ride height compared to the current car’s more hatchback-like appearance.
The parts which will be subject to tweaks have been covered in white cladding, which makes it fairly easy to see where the changes will occur; namely the front and rear bumpers and rear lights.
The styling tweaks bring it into line with the closely-related A-Class hatchback, which means that the hot GLA 45 AMG is likely to receive the same tweaks as the rest of the ‘A’ family, such as a boost of 21bhp, to 376bhp.
Much like the facelifted CLA, the GLA is also likely to get Apple Carplay and Android Auto integration in its infotainment system, as well as a redesigned touch screen.
Inside, more new tech will feature, as well as tweaks to the interior trim. The GLA competes with the Audi Q3 and BMW X1 on price, and has been on sale since 2014, making it the second oldest car in its segment, after the Q3, which was first revealed in 2011.
The model shares many components with the A-Class hatchback, so it’s likely that the GLA will benefit from many of the tweaks applied to the A-Class when it was facelifted last year.
Most notably, the 180 diesel engine was tweaked in the A-Class, improving fuel economy to 80.7mpg; the GLA is likely to offer fuel economy not far off this, but slightly dented due to its small SUV body shape. The 220 diesel engine was also given a power boost in the A-Class, from 168bhp to 175bhp.
Expect a small increase from the car’s current starting price of £25,260 to occur.