2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA250 and AMG GLA45 Video, First Look

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Mercedes gave its GLA crossover a refresh just in time for the 2017 Detroit Auto Show.

Both the updated GLA250 and Mercedes-AMG GLA45 made their debut in Detroit, featuring restyled bumpers to help improve overall aerodynamics. Now standard in the cabin is an eight-inch display along with an updated instrument cluster design. Along with new trim options, Android Auto is now supported with the optional smartphone integration package. For the first time in the GLA, Mercedes is offering a new parking assist package that includes a surround-view camera.

2017 Detroit Auto Show Coverage

Under the hood, there are no surprises with the GLA250. The 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine carries over with 208 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. Same goes for the GLA45 with its 375 hp and seven-speed Speedshift automatic transmission, although the ratios have been revised for quicker acceleration says Mercedes. On the exterior, the AMG-tuned model gets a redesigned front apron and roof spoiler lip, along with new intake grilles and standard LED headlights.

The updated vehicles should go on sale in the U.S. starting this summer.

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  • Jeff K

    So the updates the GLA is getting are mostly features that are already available on the 2017 Infiniti QX30. Late to the party? The ’18 GLA is a copy of ’17 QX30 which is a copy of the ’16 GLA. Strange.