Mercedes-Benz Malaysia today presented the updated GLA with a host of exterior and interior upgrades for the year. The 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLA is offered in three variants: GLA 200 Urban Line, GLA 250 4MATIC AMG Line and the Mercedes-AMG GLA 45 4MATIC.

The expressive design with a clear SUV character remains intact for the GLA line-up. Modified bumpers, additional light-alloy wheels and the new attractive color “canyon beige” characterize the 2017 model line-up at first glance.

With a newly introduced off-road suspension (for the GLA 200 Urban Line and GLA 250 4MATIC AMG Line) and many more on-and off-road characteristics, the compact SUV is now geared better than ever to tread all situations.

The GLA 200 is equipped with the Urban line, offering selected exterior and interior features to underscore the vehicle’s sporty character. Together with 19-inch 5-spoke light-alloy wheels in matt black with a high-sheen finish, the GLA creates dynamic highlights from every angle. The Night Package offers selected design features in black, from the two louvres in the radiator grille through exterior mirrors and light-alloy wheels to the simulated underguard.

The AMG Line on the GLA 250 4MATIC combines perfectly coordinated features to enhance the sportiness and exclusivity of the vehicle even further. Dynamic looks from all angles are ensured with the powerful AMG bodystyling, a radiator grille with two louvres painted in silver and chrome inserts, and also the twin-pipe sports exhaust system with chrome-plated tailpipe trim elements integrated into the bumper. Its 19-inch AMG 5-spoke light-alloy wheels, perforated brake disks at the front and brake callipers at the front with Mercedes-Benz lettering round off the striking exterior.

The characteristic distinguishing feature of the top flight Mercedes-AMG GLA 45 4MATIC is the sharpened front section. The front apron was given an even more dynamic shape, new air intake grilles, a front splitter insert plus flics in high-gloss black.

In addition, the twin louvre on the AMG Twin Blade radiator grille is now in silver chrome, as are the inserts in the side sill panels. Eye-catching features at the tail end are the new diffuser insert in the rear apron, the trim in high gloss black and the new spoiler lip on the roof spoiler. The GLA 45 4MATIC features 20-inch AMG multi-spoke light-alloy wheels.

Interior-wise, high-quality materials and craftsmanship are enhanced by new seat covers and trim parts as well as chromed control panels. The free-standing 20.3 cm (8-inch) media display is familiarly slim and is easily legible, as are the new dials with red needles. The controls for switches on the electric seat adjustment in the doors have been given small yet effective highlights and the stowage compartment in the center console is also surrounded by a chrome frame. In addition the nozzle rings are more strongly accentuated and thus underscore the harmonious SUV touch in the interior.

The GLA 200 is powered by a 1.6-liter for a rated output of 156 hp and 250 Nm of torque, while the GLA 250 4MATIC and 45 4MATIC AMG come with a 2.0-liter powerplant for 211 hp and 350 Nm and 381 hp and 475 Nm, respectively. With a maximum output of 280 kW (381 hp) and 475 Nm maximum torque the Mercedes-AMG GLA 45 4MATIC is among the most powerful cars in its segment. A speed of 100 km/h is achieved from standstill after just 4.4 seconds. The power-to-swept-volume ratio of 141 kW (191 hp) marks a record for a series engine with four cylinders, it raises the AMG engine to the level of thoroughbred super sports cars. Lastly, drive modes available for the GLA 250 4MATIC and up are Comfort, Sport, Eco, Individual and Off-road with 4MATIC.

For optimum traction even in poor road surface conditions the standard all-wheel drive AMG performance 4MATIC (250 and AMG versions)  transfers the drive power to all wheels. The torque is steplessly variably distributed to the front and rear axle. This configuration results in an optimum ratio of dynamism, efficiency and traction to match the driving situation.

For safety, the GLA has Active Brake Assist and ATTENTION ASSIST, both standard equipment, and a whole lot more features.

The 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLA prices are: GLA 200 Urban at RM 239,888. GLA 250 4MATIC at RM 269,888 and  GLA 45 4MATIC at RM 408,888.