Mercedes GLA facelift shows us its new LED headlights

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Mercedes GLA facelift shows us its new LED headlights for the first time. A thinly camouflaged prototype has been caught on camera by amateur spy Walko, ahead of the next year premiere.

Styling-wise, the refresh brings little news. The most striking modifications will be applied to the headlights – now with optional LED technology – and the tail light design. In addition, a more swept front apron, a rejuvenated grille and new tailpipes can be seen on the thinly camouflaged prototypes.

The interior features new materials and fresh instrument cluster alongside an optional larger display. In addition, the infotainment system will become compatible with the latest crop of smartphones and offer Apple and Google MirrorLink connectivity.

Updated engines with better fuel economy and lower CO2 emissions are also part of the update. The GLA 45 AMG will benefit the most. Its turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine gets new mapping and higher boost pressure. As a result, power output will go up from today’s 360 hp rating to 381 hp and 475 Nm. The CLA 250 will also get a revised engine with total output increased from 211 to 218 hp.

The suspension setup is also new with an adaptive setup offered for the first time, allowing the driver to modify the vehicle’s damping characteristics using the DYNAMIC SELECT switch in two modes, Comfort and Sport. Dynamic Select will now be standard alongside both manual and automatic (7G-DCT seven-speed dual-clutch) variants, except base engines. The system adjusts the response of the engine, transmission, suspension, steering and air conditioning in four driving modes: Comfort, Sport, Eco and Individual.

Video: WalkoArt @youtube