US: 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLA offered with fresh equipment options

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The compact crossover has been selling really well in the United States – a market that loves SUVs and pickups today more than ever – and the German automaker is looking to keep up the numbers up and running.

The mild updates for the 2016 model year will not serve as a true facelift but in typical US fashion the manufacturers will change the model year and still deliver new bits and pieces. The 2016 GLA mostly will start off by delivering more standard equipment such as the dual-zone climate control system, push-button ignition, as well as seats that gained cushion length adjustment. Also updated is the infotainment system which comes packing a bigger 7-inch screen and the media interface also boasts pre-wiring for Garmin Map Pilot navigation. Besides the new standard features, the company has also reworked its packs and options, making certain usable amenities stand alone options. Also newly available is the Kryptonite Green metallic paint while the standard gray leather upholstery has been axed in favor of a new beige/black unit.

The powertrain options start off with the well-known turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder mill that churns out 208 hp (155 kW) and 258 lb-ft (349 Nm) of torque. It has been mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox that allows a 0-60 mph sprint in under 7.1 seconds and an EPA-estimated 35 mpg highway fuel economy. All wheel drive will be counted here as an optional equipment. The range-topping model is the Mercedes-AMG GLA45 which uses the same turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine to deliver this time around 355 hp (264 kW) and 332 lb-ft (449 Nm) of torque for a 60 mph jump in a mere 4.8 seconds. Mercedes also decided to offer a new Dynamic Select system in place of the older Agility Select mode and the new one comes with the Comfort, ECO, Sport, and Sport+ setups.