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2023 Mercedes-Benz GLA and GLB small SUVs facelifted to follow the rest of the brand's small car line-up

The Mercedes-Benz GLA is one of the brand’s most popular models, behind C-Class, GLC, and GLE.

Mercedes-Benz is continuing the process of updating its line-up by announcing facelifts for both its small SUVs, the GLA and GLB, at the same time.

Not yet confirmed for Australia, though expected to be announced with local timing and pricing at some point in the near future, the GLA and GLB updates follow the A-Class and CLA in receiving tech and drivetrain updates, as well as some new styling.

Mercedes-Benz has given each the same mild-hybrid overhaul, with all models now electrified in some manner, meaning the GLA and GLB200 and 250 variants, all four of which are part of the current range and not expected to leave, will have Mercedes’ 48V mild hybrid system which gives the 120kW 200 variants and 165kW 250 variants an extra 10kW of boost when active.

Inside, a 7.0-inch and 10.25-inch twin-screen display are standard for the facelifted models for the instrument display and central screen respectively, though it’s optional to have both as 10.25-inch screens.

Additionally, Mercedes-Benz MBUX is now standard and adds wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, with more voice activation functionality. An optional Burmester speaker system is also available.

A PHEV versions of the GLA is available, though don’t expect to see that in Australia as take-up of plug-in hybrids remains low.

Instead, keep an eye out for a more specific announcement regarding pricing, timing, and specification for Australia.

Chris Thompson
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