Mercedes-AMG GLA45

Mercedes-Benz Gives the GLA A Bit of A Facelift

Mercedes-Benz's showing at the Detroit Auto show was jammed pack with the likes of the E-Class coupe and a special edition of the S-Class coupe. But the German automaker had another debut up its sleeve.

Mercedes unveiled an updated version of the GLA crossover. The most noticeable change outside is up front where the grille and headlights have been changed to bring them more in line with C-Class and GLC. Bumpers have been changed and there are new wheel options. Moving inside, Mercedes has updated the instrument cluster and added an 8-inch color screen for the infotainment system. New trim pieces and Android Auto compatibility finish off the changes.

If you were expecting more power from the GLA, then prepare to be disappointed. The turbocharged 2.0L four's output remains the same 208 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. A seven-speed dual-clutch transmission routes power to either the front or all four wheels via Mercedes' 4Matic all-wheel drive system.

Don't forget about AMG!

The GLA45 AMG gets some minor changes inside and out with new air intakes and red stitching for the seats. A new AMG Performance Studio package offers the choice of two shades of black and either gray or yellow trim. Power remains unchanged with 375 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque.

No pricing was announced, but Mercedes did say the updated GLA would arrive at dealers this summer.

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