2017 NAIAS: 2018 Mercedes GLA comes slightly refreshed image

The 2017 Detroit Auto Show also includes the reveal of the smallest crossover in the Mercedes range in its recently updated form, with the 2018 GLA coming out with a minor mid-cycle refresh.

Mercedes-Benz is keeping things fresh for the GLA line just two years after its introduction on the US market, with exterior and interior changes, as well as technology upgrades. The immediately noticeable modifications reside at the front, where the fascia comes more in line with the styling displayed by the C Class or GLC SUV. The rear bumper has also been updated, and there’s also a new wheel design. More importantly, Mercedes has decided to go for major changes in the cabin, where there’s an 8-inch high-resolution display, a new instrument cluster, and a rearview camera – all standard – as well as Android Auto connectivity. The older Burl Walnut trim got discarded in favor of the Black Ashe Matte Wood Trim, and the exterior hues get updated with the Canyon Beige shade.

Mercedes-Benz AMG GLA 45 4MATIC Yellow Night Edition, X156, 2017

There’s also a newly available special series Ice Edition Package but Mercedes has kept the details under wraps for now. In the US, the GLA makes use of the same base 2.0-liter inline-four turbo with 208 horsepower (155 kilowatts) and 258 pound-feet (349 Newton-meters) of torque. The other option is the new GLA45 AMG, with the 2.0-liter AMG inline-four massaged for 375 horsepower (279 kilowatts) and 350 pound-feet (474 Newton-meters) of torque. The model gets new features as well – a new rotary knob, an ‘M’ button for manual mode, and the option of black, red and black, or silver AMG Design Trim. The flashy styling can also be achieved via the new Performance Studio Package.