Important updates came to the GLA-class during the 2017 Detroit Auto Show. This model has received plenty of attention from the market, making it a quite successful crossover while competing with well-known models like the BMW X1, the Acura RDX, the Audi Q3, and the Lexus NX. Despite this success in numbers, negative arguments have been abundant in terms of design.
If we see the GLA-class’ close competition, there is a straightforward, sure-shot pattern that risks nothing. In the case of the GLA-class model, the design is bold and unique, quite daring.
Possibly thanks to the motivating sales numbers, Mercedes-Benz decided to give a facelift to the GLA-class for 2018 season. What are we getting exactly? Let’s take a look, always in our traditional order.
The 2018 GLA-class doesn’t bring anything new in terms of mechanics, keeping what it worked during past years. The GLA250, which is the most basic model in the class packs a turbocharged 2.0-litre inline-four engine, capable of producing up to 208 horsepower and a maximum torque of 258 lb-ft at 1250 rpm.
Now, the more aggressive Mercedes-AMG GLA45 will feature the same M133 powerplant, which is basically the same but it has many upgrades coming from the AMG team, increasing power output to 375 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of maximum torque.
To complete the setup, Mercedes-Benz is adding a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. The front-wheel-drive system is standard on the GLA250, while the 4MATIC all-wheel-drive system is optional on the GLA250 and standard on the GLA45.
With this setup, the AMG GLA45 was capable of going from zero to 60 mph (100 km/h) in 4.3 seconds. We should not expect less performance on the updated model. The standard top speed was 155 mph (250 km/h) but the AMG Dynamic Plus package lifted this limit to 167 mph (269 km/h).
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What Is Really New
Now it’s time to address what is actually new for the 2018 GLA-class. Both front and rear bumpers received important revisions, along with the set of wheels. The standard models come with new fog lights, while the AMG Appearance package adds alongside them, fake decorative air intakes. Nevertheless, these air intakes become real and practical on the GLA45. The taillights are now using LEDs as standard and the bixenon headlights are no longer available.
As expected, the GLA45 will enjoy the most novelties so far. The AMG Performance Studio package includes plenty of fancy elements for those users willing to pay significantly more. Exactly as most people can imagine, this contribution from AMG will include a lot of black, matte gray, and yellow detailing all over the place, including the wheels, hood, liftgate, grille, side skirts, rear wing, and diffuser.
Inside the cabin, users will enjoy MB-Tex and microsuede upholstery for the AMG-based seats, regular rear seats, steering wheel, dashboard, and door panels.
The Bottom Line
The 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA-class is a vivid proof of the outstanding sales performance of the German carmaker in the crossover segment. This class is not getting revolutionary changes but a fresh facelift to maintain fans happy.
Prices haven’t been announced yet but they are expected to maintain similar to the 2017 ones: around US$33,000 for the base GLA250 and US$50,800 for the base AMG GLA45.