There have been a number of new introductions from the German carmaker, Mercedes-Benz in India in 2016. To be precise, it was 13 new launches last year and the company isn't slowing down for 2017 as well. The seventh introduction in India will be the facelifted version of the Mercedes-Benz GLA, prices and changes of which will be announced today. The company introduced the E220d, the AMG G 63 Edition 463 and the Mercedes-AMG GLS 63 till now and the GLA facelift is about to be unveiled. It is expected to be powered by the existing engine options, a 2.0-litre petrol and a 2.1-litre diesel. The petrol engine will produce 180 hp of power and the diesel unit will churn out 136 hp of power. Both engines will be mated to a 7-speed automatic gearbox. In terms of safety, the 2017 GLA will be offered ABS (Anti-lock Braking System), EBD (Electronic Brakeforce Distribution), 6 airbags, Electronic Stability Programme, Active Brake Assist, Attention Assist and a 360 degree parking camera with a bird's eye view. Features would include a foot operated electric tail gate which can enable the owner to open the tail gate by hovering his/her foot under the rear of the car to open the boot in case the hands are occupied. More about the facelifted version of the Mercedes-Benz GLA will be revealed shortly as we bring you the live updates from the venue.
12:55 PM: And here are the prices of the new 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLA. Starts from Rs 30.65 lakh, ex-showroom for the Style petrol version and goes up to Rs 36.75 lakh, ex-showroom. Prices ex-showroom are all across India thanks to GST Impact
12:50 PM: In terms of standard safety features, the new 2017 Mercedes-Benz will be offered with 6 airbags, ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) and EBD (Electronic Brakeforce Distribution). A new colour option, Kenyan Beige will also be available and service cost as per the company's claim will be as low as Rs 49,000. The extended warranty package starts from Rs 37,500.
12:40 PM: The new 2017 Mercedes-Benz 220d will come with a 4MATIC all-wheel-drive system with an off-road package as a standard fitment. Since it is the 220d version, the 2.1 litre that generates 136 hp of power. The 8-inch infotainment system will support Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and will be a standard fitment.
12:30 PM: The Mercedes-Benz GLA is one of the largest volume driver for the German carmaker. Until now, 13,000 units have been sold in India since the launch of its first generation for the country.
12:20 PM: The launch event is about to begin in Mumbai and price of each variant of the new 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLA will be announced soon. While it will carry forward the petrol and diesel engines from the outgoing model, there would be a revised exterior as well as interior. This would include revised LED headlamp as well as tail lamp clusters, an 8-inch infotainment system with gesture control
12:10 PM: The 2.0 litre petrol engine will develop 180 hp of power while the 2.1 litre diesel will produce 136 hp of power. Both engines will be mated to a 7-speed automatic transmission and the top-end variant would be available only in a diesel engine option. The top-end trim would also get a 4MATIC all-wheel-drive system with Downhill Speed Regulation.
12:05 PM: The Style variant of the new 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLA would be available in the petrol and diesel engine options while the Sports version will be available only with a diesel engine option. The all-wheel-drive system with DSR or Downhill Speed Regulation is available only with the diesel engine option.
11:55 AM: The new 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLA will be offered in two variants, Style and Sports, the latter being the higher trim. The Sports version would get a 12 colour ambient lighting system as well as a 4MATIC all-wheel-drive system with DSR or Downhill Speed Regulation.
11:45 AM: The new 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLA will be developed at the company's Chakan facility near pune and will be the fourth launch this year. Mercedes-Benz has introduced a new variant of the E-Class LWB, E220d, the AMG G63 Edition 463 and the Mercedes-AMG GLS 63.
11:40 AM: Changes on the outside of the new 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLA include revised bumpers with integrated fog lamps, revised LED headlamp as well as tail lamp clusters and larger air intakes. The interior is expected to have minor changes which would include a new 8-inch infotainment system which can be operated via gesture control in the centre console. Other changes on the inside would include chrome accents on the AC vents, centre console, switches for control
11:35 AM: The new 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLA would be powered by a 2.0 litre petrol and a 2.1 litre diesel engine. Both the units will be mated to a 7-speed gearbox and have been carried forward from the outgoing model. The petrol engine would generate 180 hp of power while the diesel would produce 136 hp of power. The diesel, however, will have a higher torque figure which will also kick in lower than the petrol motor.
11:30 AM: Prices of the new 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLA are expected to start from Rs 32 lakh, ex-showrooom, Mumbai and since the new tax structure GST or Goods and Services Tax has reduced overall taxes on luxury cars, the 2017 GLA will be competitively priced. The earlier tax structure included Excise Duty, NCCD (National Calamity Contingency Duty), VAT (Value Added Tax), CST (Central Sales Tax) and Infra Cess which amounted to around 52 percent has now come down to 43 percent due to GST implementation.
11:25 AM: Safety features offered with the new 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLA are ABS (Anti-lock Braking System), EBD (Electronic Brakeforce Distribution), 6 airbags which include dual front, side as well as curtain airbags and Electronic Stability Programme. Driver aids like Active Brake Assist, Attention Assist and a 360 degree bird eye view camera will also be a part of the new 2017 GLA. These features are expected to be a standard fitment on the car
11:20 AM: Mechanical changes including the increase in ground clearance of 30 mm may also include a stiffer suspension setup. This would mean that the new 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLA is likely to have a better handling characteristic than its previous iteration.
11:15 AM: Powering the new 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLA will be a 2.0 litre petrol engine option and a 2.1 litre diesel engine option. Both engines are carried forward from the outgoing model and the petrol engine would generate 180 hp of power while the diesel engine would produce 136 hp. These engines would be paired to a 7-speed automatic transmission.
11:10 AM: Changes on the new 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLA include revised bumpers, a redesigned front grille as well as larger air intakes up front. The LED tail lamps as well as headlamps would also have a new design and the ground clearance too has been increased by 30 mm. Interior would remain largely unchanged but a new 8-inch infotainment system with gesture control as well as a 360 degree bird's eye view of the car when needed
11:05 AM: The new tax structure, GST has worked in favour of Mercedes-Benz as well as other luxury carmakers in the country which means that the refreshed model would carry an aggressive price tag. The earlier tax structure attracted approximately 52 percent tax which has now reduced to 43 percent.
11:00 AM: The facelifted Mercedes-Benz GLA was first unveiled at the 2017 Detroit Motor Show and will be locally assembled at the company's Chakan facility near Pune, Maharashtra