The Mercedes GLA crossover will gain a series of midlife updates keep up with rivals, most notably the Audi Q2. Similar to the updates applied to the A-Class in 2015, the compact SUV will have subtle styling tweaks, minor interior revisions and a taller 4×4-inspired ride height.
2017 Mercedes GLA styling
Mercedes is yet to reveal official images of the updated model, but these spy shots, courtesy of Motor Authority, feature disguises to both the revised front and rear bumpers and new light clusters. Like the facelifted A-Class, the lights are set to gain LED technology for a brighter light and a more modern look.
With the possible exception of revised materials, little is set to change inside. The likes of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration were introduced last year to improve connectivity options but, otherwise, it shares a similar layout to the A-Class.
2017 Mercedes GLA driving and engines
Some testing mules suggest the revisions to the GLA will include a raised ride height compared to the current car. This will create a more obvious difference between the regular A-Class and the GLA, and help it stand as tall as rivals – the Audi Q2 is 14mm taller and the BMW X1 over 100mm higher.
The GLA’s engine lineup was revised at the same time as the A-Class in 2015. That means buyers will continue to be offered a choice of two petrol and two diesel engines, ranging from the 62.8mpg-rated GLA200d to the AMG GLA45 and its bonkers 381hp 2.0-litre turbo. All models are equipped with four-wheel drive as standard, apart from the entry-level diesel which offers the system as an option.
2017 Mercedes GLA prices and release date
The GLA was released in 2014 so we expect this midlife refresh to reach showrooms in the first half of 2017. Prices shouldn’t change much from the current model’s £25,000 to £47,500 range.