Minimal changes in the facelifted model.
Courtesy of Mercedes-fans.de, a gallery of new spyshots featuring the Mercedes GLA facelift has surfaced online. While the model spied previously was the regular version, the prototype in the images below is equipped with the AMG bodykit.
Judging by the covered portions, the only changes to the exterior of the updated GLA crossover are the new Multibeam LED headlamps, LED DRLs, and revised LED taillamps. Otherwise, rest of the vehicle looks largely identical to the model currently sold. Unlike its cousins, the facelifted CLA (launch in 2016) and A Class, the bumper and exhaust tip designs remain intact.
Changes in the interior could be limited to a revised 8-inch freestanding COMAND infotainment display that will offer Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, new interior color options, new dashboard trim and slightly updated buttons.
The facelifted GLA will source the refined engine lineup from the 2016 Mercedes A Class. In the latter, power has been bumped by 7 hp in the A250 and A220d variants. Power is sent through either a 6-speed manual or a 7G-DCT dual clutch transmission to the wheels.
Reports suggest that it could make its world premiere in the second half of 2016, and launch in markets from 2017. An Indian launch could happen in the same year, where it will be locally assembled at the company’s plant in Chakan, Pune.