Mercedes-Benz GLA 2017 pricing and spec confirmed

2 June 2017 by Justin Hilliard

Mercedes-Benz Australia has announced increased prices and specification levels for its facelifted GLA, with the compact SUV line-up on sale now from $43,900 before on-road costs for the GLA180.

The entry-level variant has copped a $300 price rise, but buyers are compensated with the range-wide addition of LED headlights to equipment lists.

However, GLA180 customers will miss out on the inclusion of a hands-free tailgate that is enjoyed by all other model grades, with the feature activated by a swipe of the foot under the rear bumper.

Power in the range-opener is still provided by a 1.6-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine, which produces 90kW of power and 200Nm of torque with drive being sent to the front axle.

Every GLA continues to exclusively employ a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.

Jumping in cost by $800, the $51,200 GLA220d rolls on new 18-inch five-spoke alloy wheels finished in 'Vanadium silver'. A 130KW/350Nm 2.1-litre turbo-diesel four propels the oil-burner.

Unaffected by the price changes, the GLA250 4Matic retains its $60,700 pricetag, as well as the 160kW/350Nm 2.0-litre turbo-petrol four-potter and all-wheel drive set-up.

However, the most dramatic price increase affects the Mercedes-AMG GLA45 4Matic, which rises by $5185 to $89,500.

Nevertheless, extra value comes in the form of 'Dinamica' microfibre trim and 20-inch multi-spoke rims finished in 'Himalayas grey'.

The formidable 280kW/475Nm 2.0-litre turbo-petrol powerplant carries over, meaning brisk acceleration is only a stomp of the pedal away.

Minor tweaks to exterior styling apply to the whole line-up, and include a more aggressive grille, as well as redesigned front and rear bumpers.

Inside, interior trim has been upgraded with silver chrome flourishes across the cockpit and a refreshed instrument cluster.

Five paint colours are available, and are matched with a discrete matte racing stripe across the middle of the vehicle.

Available for all non-AMG model grades, a 'White Art Edition' package includes man-made 'Artico' leather sports seats with 'Dinamica' inserts and contrast stitching, sports steering wheel with 'Dinamica' grips, 'Dinamica' cabin trim, white air vent surrounds and 19-inch multi-spoke black bi-colour alloys.

Additionally, five paint colours are available, and are matched with a discrete matte racing stripe across the middle of the vehicle.

This package costs $3780 for the GLA180 and GLA220d, while GLA250 4Matic buyers will be charged $3280.

Thankfully, AMG punters are not left out of the action as the $3990 'Yellow Night Edition' package promises to add some extra spice to the already hot GLA45 4Matic.

Extra kit in the cabin comprises of an 'Aerodynamics Package', 'Performance' seats covered in 'Artico' leather with 'Dinamica' inserts and yellow contrast stitching, yellow air vent surrounds, door sills and 'Dinamica'-trimmed yellow-stitched 'Performance' steering wheel.

A 360-degree camera is part of an options package for all variants.

Externally, changes are less than subtle with yellow highlights to the front apron, side sill panel inserts, door mirror housings, rear diffuser, roof-mounted spoiler and the 20-inch 10-spoke matte black wheels.

A 360-degree camera is part of an options package for all variants, allowing for a surround view of the vehicle when parking.

The arrival of the GLA's mid-life updates completes that of Mercedes-Benz's A-series range, with the refreshed A-Class hatch and coupe-style CLA already on sale since last year.

Has Mercedes-Benz done enough to keep its GLA line-up fresh enough for the next few years? Tell us what you think in the comments below.

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