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Priced from R485 400

Mercedes-benz’s com­pact cross­over, the GLA, has been up­dated in terms of ex­te­rior styling and new equip­ment. The re­vised body­work fea­tures new bumpers, fresh wheel de­signs and the ad­di­tion of a new paint colour called Canyon Beige (pic­tured above).

In­side, there is a new fab­ric for the seats, an eight-inch me­dia dis­play sys­tem and re­vised gauges with red nee­dles. The Ger­man au­tomaker says the door-mounted con­trols for the ad­just­ment of the elec­tric seats have been given “small yet ef­fec­tive high­lights” in sil­ver chrome-ef­fect trim, while the stowage com­part­ment in the cen­tre con­sole has come in for the chrome treat­ment. The air-con­di­tion­ing vent rings, mean­while, are now “more strongly ac­cen­tu­ated”.

An op­tional 360-de­gree cam­era in­cludes a vir­tual bird’s-eye view of the car made pos­si­ble by four cam­eras. Hands-free op­er­a­tion of the tail­gate can now be spec­i­fied.

The up­dates also af­fect the range-top­ping Mercedes-amg GLA45, which gains a restyled front apron in­clud­ing new air in­takes and a front split­ter in­sert in sil­ver-chrome, along with high­gloss black ac­cents, a dif­fer­ent dif­fuser in­sert in the rear apron and a restyled roof spoiler.

The GLA45’S 2,0-litre, four-cylin­der tur­bocharged four-pot has been mas­saged to de­liver 280 kw and 475 N.m. The facelifted mod­els will de­but lo­cally next month.

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