Minor updates along the way

Mercedes-Benz is in the process of updating its compact range and will see the latest prototype for the GLA-Class crossover.

The GLA-Class is set to become Mercedes’ entry-level car in the United States soon after the A-Class sedan will be discontinued here after the 2022 model. Like the coupe though the CLA-class will stick around.

The updated A-Class sedan and hatchback are expected to be released later this year. The updated GLA-class should be followed by early 2023. We will probably see it as a 2024 model.

Judging by the prototype, we need to see modified designs for the headlight grille and interiors. There could also be a new front fascia when it looks like the interior of the taillights will also be new.

2024 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class Facelift Spy Shot - Photo Credit: S.  Baldauff / SB-Median

2024 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class Facelift Spy Shot – Photo Credit: S. Baldauff / SB-Median

The interior is expected to receive a modified dash with a new screen powered by the latest version of Mercedes’ MBUX infotainment system. With this update, the center console is expected to be tweaked, with the possibility of dropping the current model’s scrolling pad.

Don’t expect too much change in the powertrain section. The GLA-Class is currently offered exclusively in the United States with the 2.0-liter Turbocharged Inline-4. The base grade has a respectable 221 hp whereas AMG Pack 302 and 382 hp have GLA 35 and GLA 45 grades respectively. Each case has a 9-speed automatic. All-wheel drive is standard in most grades but available in base grades.

A plug-in hybrid option available abroad since 2019 may finally be launched here with this update, although Mercedes has not yet mentioned this possibility. There is also an electric EQA model for sale abroad, although it will not come here. Instead, we get the GLB-class-based EQB that comes as a 2023 model this summer.

Further out, the GLA-Class will be transformed into Mercedes’ MMA platform when it is redesigned in the middle of the decade. The MMA platform is designed for C-Class sized vehicles and is billed as an electric-vehicle platform capable of supporting internal-combustion engines in a hybrid configuration.

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