2023 Mercedes-Benz GLA facelift debuts with style & tech upgrades


After the GLC twins receive their due facelifts, it’s time for the rest of the models in the Mercedes-Benz lineup to receive similar honors, starting with the GLA, of course. The updates include styling revisions, tech upgrades and electrified powertrain options.

The styling revisions are rather subtle, and they come in the form of new standard LED high-performance headlights, new LED taillights, new standard 17-inch five-twin-spoke wheels, and a sporty front bumper. The options list includes 18- to 20-inch wheel designs. The color palette includes a new Spectral Blue paint.

The refreshed cabin of the 2023 GLA facelift doesn’t look all that different, but this time around, you get a 7-inch driver display and a 10.25-inch central touchscreen as standard, while a 10.25-inch display for the former is optionally available. The MBUX is updated with the latest software, of course. For the first time, a heated steering wheel rim is also available with the AMG Line. Leather-wrapped steering is standard, while Artico (man-made leather) is an optional extra.

Artico-upholstered comfort seats come standard, and if you opt for the AMG Line, the Artico-microfibre upholstery is now also available in bahia brown color. The fabric of the comfort seats is apparently made of 100% recycled materials, and in the case of the Artico-microfibre upholstery, this proportion is 65% in the seat centre and 85% in the bottom fabric.

The basic equipment also includes Highbeam Assist, a backup camera and the USB package. From the Progressive trim onwards, buyers also get the Parking Package and the Mirror Package.

As for the safety stuff, the upgraded Driving Assistance package apparently enables more comfortable control of the Lane Keeping Assist through the Active Steering Control. The next-gen Parking package also supports longitudinal parking. And it offers a 360-degree visualization. The Trailer Manoeuvring Assist is also available for the GLA for the first time. The prerequisite is the trailer hitch with ESP trailer stabilization in conjunction with the Parking Package with a 360-degree camera.

Moving on to the juicy bits of the story, you get mild-hybrid petrol, regular diesel and one petrol-electric PHEV powertrain to choose from.

The petrol options include GLA 180 (1.33L; 100 kW/136 metric hp, 230 Nm/170 lb-ft), GLA 200 (1.33L; 120 kW/163 metric hp, 270 Nm/199 lb-ft), GLA 220 4Matic (2.0L; 140 kW/190 metric hp, 300 Nm/221 lb-ft) and GLA 250 4Matic (2.0L; 165 kW/224 metric hp, 350 Nm/258 lb-ft); all of which are combined with a 48-volt mild-hybrid system that offers a 10 kW (14 metric hp) of additional power boost.

Diesel options include GLA 180 d (2.0L; 85 kW/116 metric hp, 280 Nm/206 lb-ft), GLA 200 d (2.0L; 110 kW/150 metric hp, 320 Nm/236 lb-ft), GLA 200 d 4Matic (2.0L; 110 kW/150 metric hp, 320 Nm/236 lb-ft), GLA 220 d 4Matic (2.0L; 140 kW/190 metric hp, 400 Nm/295 lb-ft).

The PHEV model is a GLA 250 e that combines a 1.3L 4-cylinder turbo petrol with an electric motor integrated into an 8-speed DCT. The ICE produces 120 kW (163 metric hp) and 270 Nm (199 lb-ft) while the e-motor offers 80 kW (109 metric hp) and 300 Nm (221 lb-ft). The system output figures, however, are 160 kW (218 metric hp) and 450 Nm (332 lb-ft). A 11.5 kWh battery pack is estimated to offer a pure electric range of anywhere between 62 and 70 km (39-43 mi).

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