Mercedes-Benz GLA will be updated for 2023

Mercedes-Benz GLA will be updated for 2023


The new version of the Mercedes-Benz GLA crossover is being tested at the German race track ahead of its launch next year.

As with the Mercedes CLA Saloon and Shooting Brake, the changes seem concentrated at the front and rear.

At the front, the headlamps have been revised to feature integrated daytime running lights that mimic those of the Mercedes C-Class, while the shape of the grille has been subtly altered. The rear lights have been modified according to the new Mercedes GLC SUV.

While the CLA test cars took on a more stealthy look – leaving most of the chrome on the current cars – this GLA shows it off in abundance: around the side windows, on the door handles and on the lower rear bumper.

Similarly, subtle changes are expected inside the new GLA, including a software update to the MBUX operating system for the infotainment screens and a redesign of the center console.

Given that it has been tested on the race track, it is expected that the GLA’s suspension will be revised to further improve its already adequate handling.

However, a few other changes can be brought under the skin. The current engine lineup ranges from the 161hp GLA 200 petrol engine to two diesels and the 250e PHEV with an electric range of 38 miles.

The PHEV could get a bigger battery to push it over 40 miles of range – and therefore in the company’s matching car tax range.

The 416bhp Mercedes-AMG GLA 45S, which tops the GLA range at an attractive £69,005, can be tuned to squeeze more power and torque from its 2.0-litre turbo four-pot.

The appearance of the facelifted GLA test car follows the recent emergence of the CLA and the updated A-Class, suggesting that Mercedes is continuing to push its more affordable models.

The new version of the Mercedes-Benz GLA crossover is being tested at the German race track ahead of its launch next year.

As with the Mercedes CLA Saloon and Shooting Brake, the changes seem concentrated at the front and rear.

At the front, the headlamps have been revised to feature integrated daytime running lights that mimic those of the Mercedes C-Class, while the shape of the grille has been subtly altered. The rear lights have been modified according to the new Mercedes GLC SUV.

While the CLA test cars took on a more stealthy look – leaving most of the chrome on the current cars – this GLA shows it off in abundance: around the side windows, on the door handles and on the lower rear bumper.

Similarly, subtle changes are expected inside the new GLA, including a software update to the MBUX operating system for the infotainment screens and a redesign of the center console.

Given that it has been tested on the race track, it is expected that the GLA’s suspension will be revised to further improve its already adequate handling.

However, a few other changes can be brought under the skin. The current engine lineup ranges from the 161hp GLA 200 petrol engine to two diesels and the 250e PHEV with an electric range of 38 miles.

The PHEV could get a bigger battery to push it over 40 miles of range – and therefore in the company’s matching car tax range.

The 416bhp Mercedes-AMG GLA 45S, which tops the GLA range at an attractive £69,005, can be tuned to squeeze more power and torque from its 2.0-litre turbo four-pot.

The appearance of the facelifted GLA test car follows the recent emergence of the CLA and the updated A-Class, suggesting that Mercedes is continuing to push its more affordable models.