The latest Mercedes-Benz GLA Facelift offers more style, technology, and features than ever before


Mercedes-Benz has significantly upgraded the compact GLA SUV with numerous innovations and more extensive standard equipment. The new radiator grille with vertical louvres and horizontal fin enhances the powerful character. In addition, the bonnet with discreetly suggested power domes underlines the self-confident appearance. The redesigned front bumper with visual underride protection points to the GLA's off‑road genes.

Added to this is the modernised light signature in the standard LED High Performance front headlights and the LED rear lights. Mercedes-Benz is expanding the range of options with the new Spectral Blue paint colour and four additional wheel designs. In the basic trim, the new GLA stands on 18 inch five-twin-spoke alloy wheels in high-gloss black with high-gloss turned surfaces. Optional 19- to 20-inch wheels are also available.

The free-standing double screen is one of the highlights of the significantly upgraded interior. It now includes a 7-inch and a 10.25-inch display as standard for the instrument cluster and multimedia screen respectively. Two 10.25-inch wide-screen displays are optionally available. They offer a holistic high-tech experience and enhance the open-plan architecture. The steering wheel of the current generation is upholstered in leather as standard; ARTICO imitation leather is available as an alternative.

The Mercedes-Benz GLA undoubtedly resonates with those looking for an entry point into the brand without compromising on that iconic Mercedes-Benz experience. It speaks to that desire for adventure, both in the urban environment and the greater outdoors. It remains a fashion statement in any setting, now enhanced with a raft of cutting-edge updates” Mark Raine co-CEO Mercedes-Benz South Africa

Mercedes-Benz has significantly upgraded the standard equipment of the GLA and tailored the offer logic even more precisely to specific customer wishes. For example, in addition to the leather steering wheel and LED front headlights, the basic equipment already includes Highbeam Assist, a backup camera and the USB package.

Latest MBUX generation with intuitive operation and adaptive software

The GLA now also features the latest generation of MBUX – with newly designed display styles: while "Classic" provides all relevant driver information, "Sporty" impresses with the dynamic rev counter. "Discreet" reduces the displays to the essential content. In combination with the three Navigation, Assistance and Services modes plus the 10 colour worlds of Ambient Light, there are numerous individualisation options. All previous functions such as Media, Phone, Vehicle etc. are still available. They can be conveniently operated via the touchscreen or the finger pads on the steering wheel.

The revision of the telematics system focused on a new design and improved performance. A new feature is the ability to connect wirelessly with smartphones via Apple CarPlay or Android Auto Wireless. For further connectivity, the GLA now has an additional USB-C port and increased USB charging power. All USB ports are now illuminated.

By activating online services in the Mercedes me app, the intelligent voice assistant becomes even more capable of dialogue and learning. The system gets to know the driver and remembers their typical settings or routes. At the appropriate moment, it suggests personalised infotainment, comfort and vehicle functions – precisely tailored to the respective driving situation.

Expanded range of electrified drive options

To further reduce consumption and emissions, the petrol engines in the new GLA are electrified throughout. The range includes four-cylinder units with eight-speed DCT dual-clutch transmissions as standard equipment. The mild hybrids are equipped with an additional 48-volt on-board power supply for the belt-driven starter-generator. Its briefly available additional power of 10 kW supports agility when starting or is used for quick boosting. The starter-generator also increases comfort: in addition to low-vibration and low-noise engine starting, it also enables coasting with the combustion engine switched off. In addition, it recuperates during braking and acceleration processes – and thus supplies the 12-volt on-board network as well as the 48-volt battery with electrical energy.

“Mercedes-Benz South Africa offers a progressive SUV line-up that appeals to every facet of the market. The latest GLA offers a dynamic design, a host of standard features and the latest technology which have culminated to form this head-turning urban style icon. This GLA commands the attention of those around it and we are very excited to introduce it into the market.” Alex Boavida Vice President Sales and Marketing Mercedes-Benz South Africa

Engines and data

Petrol and Diesel engine


GLA 200

GLA 200 d





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Fuel consumption combined, weighted (WLTP preliminary)

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GLA 200: R 914 950 (Incl. S&M incl. VAT)

GLA 200d: R950 850 (Incl. S&M incl. VAT)


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