2017 Mercedes GLA facelift price, specs and release date

The Mercedes GLA is currently the smallest SUV the brand makes and, having been on sale since 2013, the time has come for a facelift to keep it looking modern. It offers Mercedes levels of build quality, luxury and refinement in a compact yet chunky package so, unsurprisingly, the firm hasn’t really changed the recipe, but instead made lots of small updates to keep it fresh.

It goes on sale today with first deliveries expected in April 2017. Read on to discover exactly what’s changed or check out our full Mercedes GLA review for all the facts. View our latest savings using our car deals page or use our handy car chooser tool for help narrowing down your options.

2017 Mercedes GLA styling

As you can see from our side-by-side comparison image, the GLA has had very few external updates – it’s quite hard to tell it apart from the pre-facelift model. In fact, the most obvious difference is the reshaped front and rear bumpers which still aren’t that dissimilar to the outgoing model.

Look closer still and you’ll notice that, on high-spec versions, the optional xenon headlights have been swapped out in favour of LED units. The alloy wheels have been reshaped and a new colour – Canyon Beige, a muted metallic orange – has been added to the range.

2017 Mercedes GLA interior

Changes to the cabin are equally understated. Previous GLA owners might notice the seats now have new coverings plus some of the trim pieces have been swapped out for posher items. Flashes of chrome have also made their way onto the electrically adjustable seat controls, the surround for the centre console cubby and various panels on the dash.

Interior space and boot space remain the same – it’s noticeably better than the A-Class hatchback on which the GLA is based but still fairly compact by class standards. While the boot might not have grown, loading items might be a little easier thanks to the optional powered bootlid that opens and closes both from the key and via a wave of the foot underneath the rear bumper.

2017 Mercedes GLA driving and engines

UK-bound versions of the GLA get what Mercedes calls off-road comfort suspension as standard – this raises the body by 30mm compared to conventional European models and enhances the car’s off-road prowess while also making the ride quality more forgiving. Lower, sportier suspension can be ordered alongside sportier trim levels.

The engine range remains unchanged in the UK with 156hp and 211hp petrol units, and 136hp and 177hp diesels. As before, only the basic petrol and diesel models get a six-speed manual gearbox with the option of a seven-speed automatic, while the rest of the range gets the auto as standard. Mercedes’ 4Matic four-wheel drive is offered on 200 diesel and 250 petrol should you need a little extra traction.

The high performance AMG GLA 45 remains at the top of the range and gets the same styling upgrades as lesser models. The monstrous 381hp 2.0-litre turbocharged engine remains but the seven-speed automatic gearbox it’s mated to has had its ratios shortened for better acceleration and smoother changes.

2017 Mercedes GLA specs

In what Mercedes claims is a first for the segment, the new GLA will feature the option of a 360-degree surround camera that should make squeezing into tight parking spaces a piece of cake. Active safety equipment also features for added piece of mind including autonomous braking and a system to detect if the driver is nodding off at the wheel.

2017 Mercedes GLA price and release date

Exact UK prices have yet to be confirmed but should be similar to today’s entry-level price of £25,260, rising to around £32,000 for a top-spec model. The AMG GLA 45 shouldn’t move far from its £45,555 price tag. It’s on sale now with first deliveries taking place in April 2017.

2017 Mercedes GLA latest news (updated October 2016)

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.

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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.

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