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Refreshed 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA makes local debut

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Anton Andres / Jose Altoveros | August 25, 2017 20:04

Mercedes-Benz Philippines introduces the redesigned 2018 GLA

Following its debut at the 2017 North American International Auto Show, the updated Mercedes-Benz GLA arrives in the Philippines. For the 2018 model year, the GLA gets a refreshed exterior design and a revamped interior. The GLA is the third New Generation Compact Car (NGCC) to receive an update following the A-Class and CLA.

Changes made to the exterior are relatively minor. At the front, the 2018 GLA's tweaked front end boasts a new grill, as well as a pair of headlights with a new LED light signature. Another tweak is the lower half of the bumper, which sees a new slimmer and wider air intake. Also, the corners of the front bumper have been reshaped, giving it more defined edges.

Refreshed 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA makes local debut

The side profile of the GLA is carried over from the pre-facelift model with no changes. Towards the rear however, Mercedes-Benz gave the crossover darker tail light surrounds. Like the front, the rear gets a new bumper, eliminating the air outlets of the outgoing model. Rounding up the changes are a new set of alloy wheel designs. Mercedes Benz Philippines offers two variants for the GLA, the GLA 180 and GLA 200 AMG.

Refreshed 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA makes local debut

Inside, there is a revamped COMAND infotainment system, now boasting new software and functionality. The center stack has also been redesigned which now has flush-fitting buttons. From the driver's seat, one can also see the tweaked instrument cluster with enhanced graphics.

Refreshed 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA makes local debut

There are two engines available in the updated GLA. In the GLA 180, it is powered by a 1.5-liter turbocharged engine which produces 122 PS and 200 Nm of torque. For the top of the line GLA 200 AMG, it gets a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine that puts out 156 PS and 250 Nm of torque. It then shifts via a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. Power is sent to all four wheels via Mercedes-Benz's 4Matic all-wheel drive.

Refreshed 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA makes local debut

Prices for the 2018 Mercedes GLA are as follows:

GLA 180 Urban: PHP 2,790,000

GLA 200 AMG: PHP 3,090,000