The facelifted GLA from Mercedes-Benz has been unveiled, and it has a number of changes and improvements intended to bring the small SUV up to date.
According to the manufacturer, the new Mercedes-Benz GLA gains from improvements like updated front- and rear-end design elements and its most recent MBUX infotainment system. The plug-in hybrid model has been improved, and new mild hybrid technology has also been unveiled.
In 2019, Mercedes unveiled the second-generation GLA, which is built on the same platform as the A-Class, B-Class, and GLB. Since then, it has been operating quietly, with 158,100 units sold globally in 2022. This is around 80,000 fewer deliveries than the competing Audi Q3 and about 100,000 fewer than the A-Class recorded in the same year.
However, the GLA gives Mercedes a useful rival to other high-end small SUVs like the Volvo XC40, the aforementioned Audi, and the BMW X1. While the facelifted model may not be significantly different, some of the changes may convince some customers to switch back to the GLA.
It seems identical, I promise…
You simply need to take a closer look. Not quite; closer. Check out the pixels on your screen. That’s about close enough.
As far as we can determine, the difference is that the center fin of the lower radiator grille has moved somewhat lower, enlarging the apertures above. Additionally, the bumper has undergone some minor changes that are said to enhance the GLA’s self-assured appearance.
A new paint color called Spectral Blue, new wheel designs, and minor tweaks have also been made to the front and rear LED lighting. Inside, the primary points are some new trim possibilities; the tale is similar.
How about the most recent technology?
With the exception of some range and option simplification, the updated GLA receives the most recent version of MBUX, the Mercedes-Benz User Experience. This sophisticated voice-controlled infotainment system principally boosts its modernity with wireless compatibility for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as additional display options.
Mercedes is also borrowing a page from Tesla’s playbook by offering a variety of minigames that can be played on the infotainment system of the GLA. That’s nice.
The improvements to the driver assistance capabilities are more noteworthy; the redesigned GLA now has lane-keeping system modifications intended to increase comfort and more parking support options. These include a new function for the GLA called trailer manoeuvring assistance.
and below the skin?
unquestionably a little more intriguing. The electrification of the facelifted GLA range’s petrol engines, which takes the shape of a belt-driven starter-generator system and 48-volt power supply, will all increase their efficiency. When starting or accelerating, these mild hybrid GLAs receive a 13 horsepower electric boost, and the starter-generator also lessens engine start-up noise and enables coasting and energy recovery.
The plug-in hybrid GLA 250e has also received a technical boost, and it now boasts a revamped hybrid drive system. Although the overall system power is identical, the upgraded battery provides more usable energy and the electric motor’s output has increased from 101 to 107 horsepower. Owners can more readily take advantage of the plug-in GLA’s all-electric potential by using the supported AC charging rates of 3.7kW and 11kW or up to 22kW on DC charging.