The updated Mercedes GLA has been tested with minor upgrades

Spy photographers have already photographed the decorated Mercedes A and B-classes, and now we are seeing the updated GLA for the first time.

The crossover, which was recently tested, has a lightly trimmed front with a wide grille lined with updated headlights. The changes are not immediately noticeable, but a careful inspection reveals high lighting elements.

We can also expect a new front bumper, but the camouflage hides the changes well. There isn’t much to see in the rear, as the only update seems to be the redesigned rear lights with new graphics.

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While spy photographers can only see the interior, we can expect several updates, including a simplified center console that removes the large touchpad controller. The model may also come with a new steering wheel, as well as the usual finishing and upholstery upgrades.

Engine options basically need to change, and these Americans are 221 hp. (165 kW / 224 PS) and 258 pound feet (349 Nm), which means it can wait for a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharger that develops torque. It is mated to an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission and can be paired with an optional all-wheel drive system. When equipped with the latter, the GLA 250 can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph (0-96 km / h) in 6.6 seconds.

Europeans can expect a range of different engines with a range of petrol, diesel and hybrid options. Among them are 134 hp. (100 kW / 136 PS) and a 1.3-liter four-cylinder starting level gasoline with a torque of 147 pounds (200 Nm).

However, the plug-in hybrid is much more interesting, as it combines a 1.3-liter engine with a 15.6 kWh battery pack and an electric motor. This setup gives the model only electric WLTP range of 215 horsepower (160 kW / 218 PS) and up to 38 miles (61 km).

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Photo credit: S. Baldauf / SB-Medien for CarScoops

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