Mercedes-Benz is currently working on a refresh for the GLA-Class family and we’ve spied a number of testing prototypes on public roads. Today, we have a new batch of shots with the most powerful member of the lineup, the complete AMG 45.
Just last week we took a look at the GLA 35 and the photos attached below depict a more powerful version of the crossover. Thankfully, it doesn’t wear much camouflage and we can easily see the visual changes will be kept to a minimum compared to the outgoing model. This is definitely not a full generational change for the fast crossover but a facelift to keep the vehicle fresh for a few more years before a successor is released.
At the front, there is a camouflage foil that covers the fascia and doesn’t allow us to see the final design of the bumper. However, we know from previous spy photos that the headlights will be slightly redesigned and the bumper will get air openings with a new shape. This will be different from the one seen on the GLA 35 because the GLA 45 requires more air for the engine and brakes.
Not much camouflage at the rear, even though the taillights are covered. It may show their internal graphics can be modified. We don’t expect another visual upgrade at the rear, meaning the quad exhaust pipe setup will remain unchanged for the facelifted model.
Inside the cabin, changes will also be minimal. We know a new steering wheel will be installed in all versions of the GLA and there may be a new version of the company’s MBUX infotainment software.
In its most powerful version, the current GLA 45 has a peak output of 416 horsepower (310 kilowatts) and 369 pound-feet (500 Newton-meters) of torque, which comes from the turbocharged 2.0-liter engine. These numbers will likely remain unchanged for the redesigned model, although there may be minor adjustments in the engine mapping to make the grind feel more lively. Power reaches all four wheels via an eight-speed automatic gearbox.