Mercedes-Benz Malaysia has launched the Mercedes-Benz GLA facelift in the country. As before, two non-AMG variants of the premium compact SUV are available here, a GLA 200 and a GLA 250 4 MATIC. The cars were introduced today along with the Mercedes-AMG GLA 45 version, making the current line-up identical to that for the pre-facelift when it was introduced in Malaysia in November 2014.
External revisions include a new front bumper, which with the exception of the AMG Line ditches the faux side intake cutouts and introduces fog lamps into the equation. There’s also a new grille design, which features rectangular elements within the slats, as well as a new, redesigned lower section.
Like that seen on the Mercedes-AMG GLA 45, the standard GLA comes equipped with LED High Performance headlamps as standard – these replace the bi-xenon units found previously, and the Malaysian cars come equipped with Adaptive Highbeam Assist.
At the back, the car features new graphics for the tail lamps and a reworked rear bumper design, complete with a reworked diffuser. Standard fit across both models are an Easy Pack tailgate, a Thermotronic climate control system, Keyless-Go starting function, Attention Assist and cruise control.
General interior updates to the GLA include new dials and needles in the instrument cluster, a chrome finish for the electric seat controls and centre console stowage compartment surround as well as new seat upholstery and trim.
Other new items to the GLA are the inclusion of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support, a reverse camera and an eight-inch free-standing display screen.
Both the GLA 200 and GLA 250 variants come with a Night package, aluminium roof rails in high gloss black and 19-inch wheels. In the case of the GLA 200, the units are five-spoke light-alloy wheels done in matte black with a high-sheen finish, while the GLA 250 rides on AMG five-spoke units. Run-flats feature on both GLA variants.
For interior trim, the GLA 200 is dressed in an Urban Line package, and the kit features Artico man-made leather/Maringa fabric in black upholstery and light aluminium trim with longitudinal grain.
The GLA 250, meanwhile, has an AMG Line package, with Artico man-made leather and Dinamica microfibre black upholstery. The variant also comes with AMG floor mats and illuminated AMG door sill panels with illuminated AMG lettering.
Both GLA versions also come with a multi-function three-spoke, leather-wrapped steering wheel and a Night package as well as an Audio 20 with Garmin Map Pilot, though the GLA 250 has an off-road display function, which isn’t found on the GLA 200.
Mechanically, the GLA facelift continues on with the same powertrains and output as seen previously. The 1.6 litre M270 DE 16 AL 1.6 in the GLA 200 offers 154 hp at 5,300 rpm and 250 Nm from 1,250 to 4,000 rpm for output numbers, while the GLA 250’s 2.0 litre M270 DE 20 AL delivers 208 hp at 5,500 rpm and 350 Nm at 1,200 to 4,000 rpm.
Both are paired with a seven-speed 7G-DCT dual-clutch automatic transmission. Performance figures for the GLA 200 include a 0-100 km/h time of 8.1 seconds and a 215 km/h top speed, while the GLA 250 does the same sprint in 6.6 seconds and has a 230 km/h maximum speed.
Dynamic Select offers a number of drive modes – Comfort, Sport, Eco, Individual and, in the case of the GLA 250 4Matic, Off-Road, which adds DSR (downhill speed regulation) and an off-road transmission mode into the equation.
The Malaysian-spec GLA 200 and GLA 250 are equipped with an off-road comfort suspension, a package that presents the car with a 30 mm higher stance and improves the vehicle’s axle articulation and off-road capability. The suspension was seen on the pre-facelift GLA 200, but is new to the current GLA 250, which previously rode on a lowered sports suspension.
Among the variety of colours available for the GLA is Canyon Beige, a new shade introduced for the car. As for pricing, the Mercedes-Benz GLA 200 Urban Line goes for RM239,888, while the GLA 250 4Matic AMG Line is priced at RM269,888, both on-the-road without insurance.
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