First time when it appeared, GLA crossover made strong impression among fans. More interesting fact is that Mercedes launched its smallest SUV ever. For example, it is equivalent to A class among hatchbacks. And when everyone think enthusiasm ended, 2018 Mercedes GLA is coming with new features and parts. This is mid-cycle refreshment, and we could see part of its equipment at the latest car show in Detroit. Changes will come both inside and outside. German carmaker will offer new trims. We will need to see what Mercedes prepared for engine room.
2018 Mercedes GLA redesign
Comparing to its predecessor, we could see new headlights. This makes everyone going further in exploring this vehicle. LED lighting replaces old bi-xenon. On the front, we also see new grille and changes on the bumper. These are somehow similar to their bigger siblings, making 2018 Mercedes GLA bolder. Worth of mention are 19-inch alloy wheels, roof rails and unique exhaust tips. On the other hand, cabin doesn’t suffer so many modifications. Highlights are on cluster, bigger infotainment screen and chrome and silver details on dashboard. Crossover will offer Apple and Android connecting systems.
2018 Mercedes GLA engine
Under the hood will be the same engine. So, energy for 2018 Mercedes GLA comes from 1.6-l petrol unit with 120 hp and 200 Nm of torque. It is equivalent to about 150 lb-ft. Bigger GLA200 gets more power and torque. With 150 hp and 185 lb-ft of torque, this is mid-range unit. High end is a 2.0-l V-6 drivetrain, capable to deliver 210 hp and 250 Nm / 260 lb-ft of torque. Two diesel units are also in the mix. These are 1.5-l and 2.1-l, both four-cylinder engines. Top of the class is a GLA45 AMG crossover with output of 380 hp. All units in Europe pairs 6-speed manual, while US buyers gets either this, or two other transmissions. These are 7G dual-clutch and SpeedShift gearbox.
2018 Mercedes GLA price
Price of the 2018 Mercedes GLA depends on trim level and engine choice. For example, entry level models in Europe will cost from around 28,000 euro. On the other hand, base unit in US will be GLA250. Starting price is $33,000. Top of the line model is GLA45, and its value will be around $50,000.