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The 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLA has been in the news for quite some time now and finally, the German company has taken the wraps off its compact SUV at the North America International Auto Show which is currently underway in Detroit.
The GLA facelift gets tweaked bumpers up front along with a new grille which gets chain-link chrome elements which give it a bolder, meaner look along with new alloy wheels as well.
Also, the headlamps are now LED instead of the earlier bi-xenon lamps. The overall shape and the rear design elements remain the same more or less.
The interior remains more or less similar as well with the exception of a new 8-inch infotainment system along with chrome bits thrown around inside the cabin and subtle updates to the instrumentation cluster behind the steering wheel. The upholstery is new as well.
The current generation GLA always had an Attention Assist system, which could detect drowsiness in the driver. In addition to that, now it also gets Active Brake Assist, which signals the driver when a car is too close to the GLA. There is also a 360-degree parking camera with a bird’s eye view, although it is not sure if the Indian model will get it.
Also, one can opt for the electric tail gate with motion detection, which only requires a foot gesture for the boot to open and close.
Mercedes-Benz has also given updates to the suspension, which makes the car sit 30mm higher than the current model. The engine options will remain the same as they are now, which is a 2.0-litre petrol and a 2.1-litre diesel.