2018 Mercedes GLA - First Look
After receiving interior updates for the 2016 model, the GLA is now getting a broader refresh.
LED headlights are available on the GLA250 and standard on the GLA45, replacing the previous bi-xenon units. The sheetmetal stays the same, while the bumpers at both ends of the Benz and AMG versions have been redone – the fog lights move out to the corners on standard models, while the GLA45’s front fascia has a more horizontal look and features air-redirecting brows over the large inlets.
Inside, Mercedes have brought in more chrome trim accents around the cabin and on some switches, and a redesigned gauge cluster with a different typeface. AMG models get a pretty intense dash appliqué as well as air vent trim keyed to the color of the stitching and seat trim. The 8.0-inch center screen is now standard on all models, and the available smartphone integration package now includes Android Auto functionality along with Apple CarPlay.
A rearview camera is also now standard, and the Parking Assist Package now includes a surround-view camera system with multiple views, including one from overhead. Hands-free access for the hatch (which lets you open it up by waving your leg under the bumper) is now available.
Powertrains remain the same for both models, with the GLA250s again coming with a 208-horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, with front-wheel drive standard and 4Matic all-wheel drive an option.