Facelift for Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class

  • Update for popular SUV unveiled 
  • Mainly includes cosmetic tweaks
  • Engine line-up remains unchanged

During the Detroit motor show in January 2017, a very minor facelift was announced for the popular Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class.

The A-Class-based SUV gets a revised cabin and exterior, as well as tweaks to the equipment line-up.

Visually, the biggest changes are a set of subtly tweaked front and rear bumpers, a new alloy wheel design and the addition of a new colour called Canyon Beige.

LED headlights replace the bi-xenon units in pre-facelift models, while cameras around the car feed images to an 8.0-inch screen in the cabin that displays a bird’s-eye view of the car to make parking easier.

Other interior changes include new seat coverings, trim and chromed panels. There are new dials in the instrument panel and chromed electric seat adjustment buttons.

Automatic braking and fatigue detection systems are standard fit, and a powered tailgate you can open by waving your foot under the rear bumper is now available as an option.

If you’re thinking all of this sounds tenuous at best then you’d be correct: this is currently one of the UK’s most popular cars. It isn’t broke, so no need to fix it.

The engine line-up remains the same, meaning fleet drivers will benefit from the GLA 200 CDI diesel version with its CO2 emissions as low as 110g/km, so company car tax is payable from £101 for a GLA 200d Sport driven by a 20% tax payer.

Order books are already open for the facelifted car and deliveries begin in April, so keep an eye out for the full Parkers facelifted Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class review coming soon.

Click here for the review of the current Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class.