There are many popular models made by iconic German Carmaker Mercedes-Benz and the GLA-Class is one luxury compact crossover model. First showcased at the 2013 Shanghai Auto Show and subsequently at the Frankfurt Auto Show, it became a favorite with the car buyers post release. The company unveiled this model to take on rivals like Audi Q3 and BMW X1. It is positioned below Mercedes-Benz GLC class. The 2017 version of the Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class is receiving a mid-cycle revamp.
2017 Mercedes-Benz GLA – Body Styles Changes and other Options
Truly speaking, the GLA-Class is a more robust version of the company’s A-Class and it comes with increased ground clearance and higher seating position. The headlamps and taillights in the 2017 GLA-Class have been enhanced. Apart from that, the exterior remains mostly like the predecessor which is no bad thing. It still looks sporty yet elegant. However, the body decals may see an update. It will most likely be fitted with powerful Bi-Xenon headlamps.
The changes in the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class are more evident once you step inside the lavish cabin! The in-car infotainment gets a boost with larger 8-inch display and the software supports MirrorLink and Apple CarPlay. However, the dashboard is still laden with plenty of controls which give it a cluttered look. The cargo space is quite large and with rear seats folded it becomes even larger. There is panoramic sunroof with electric sun blinds to offer protection from harsh sunlight. The multimedia system in the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class has a 14.7 cm diagonal display with support for Bluetooth and USB. You expect a legendary German carmaker like Mercedes-Benz not to skimp on safety features. There are a number of safety features in the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class that help evade accidents and reduce the risk of getting injured too. Examples include the flashing brake lights that get activated during emergency braking. The car’s Attention Assist feature comes in handy if the driver becomes drowsy. Then there are useful features like Hill-Start Assist and tyre pressure monitoring. The Electronic Stability Program and Acceleration skid control are handy for avoiding skidding while driving on wet and snowy surfaces. There is anti-lock braking system too. The reversing camera is handy to maneuver the vehicle in cramped parking lots.
2017 Mercedes-Benz GLA – Whole Power Unit
The entry-level model will get an A160 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 102 hp. The Mercedes-AMG GLA 45 gets the turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine which generates 381 hp. There is a new adaptive suspension setup. You also get 4 driving modes Comfort, Eco, Sport, and Individual. The ride experience is smooth and the car handles bumps and potholes with aplomb.
2017 Mercedes-Benz GLA – Expected MSRP and Availability
There is no official confirmation regarding the exact release date of the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class. However, the industry experts think it will be made available for sale in the first quarter of 2017. The expected price for base model will be close to $35000 or so. Overall, the Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class 2017 looks promising. There may not be major design changes but the safety features and ride quality are top-notch. It will cope with rivals from BMW and Audi with élan.