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Mercedes Shows Off the Updated 2016 GLA250

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Mercedes Shows Off the Updated 2016 GLA250

Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class

Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class (Credit: © Mercedes-Benz)

The Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class took the compact luxury crossover segment by storm when it launched for the 2015 model year. Since it debuted, it knocked the class-leading X1 off its pedestal, and then nearly doubled the Bimmer’s sales in as of November 2015. With this sort of success, it is no surprise that the GLA250 carries on with limited changes in the 2016 model year.

For the new model year, Mercedes has revised the GLA250’s infotainment system, bumping its screen size from 5.8 inches to 7 inches. This upgraded system also includes a media interface and pre-wiring for Garmin Map Pilot navigation, and HD Voice for compatible wireless devices.

Mercedes has also enhanced the GLA250’s standard features. It now comes with keyless start, dual-zone climate control, and adjustable-length seat cushions.

Along with the upgraded standard features, there are a few tweaks to the various optional packages available with the 2016 GLA250. The Premium Package now includes KEYLESS-GO, the Interior Package now comes with multi-color ambient lighting, and there is a new rearview camera that now has a 180-degree field of vision.

With all of the tech upgrades out of the way, Mercedes tweaked the available colors for the GLA250, both inside and out. On the outside, Kryptonite Green replaces Universal Blue, while the interior gains new two-tone beige and black leather in the place of gray leather.

Under its hood, the GLA250 remains unchanged. It comes with the same 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that produces 208 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. This engine mates to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission that delivers power to the front wheels as standard or all four wheels as an option by way of the new-generation 4MATIC system. This powertrain results in a 7.1-second sprint to 60 mph and a 35 mpg highway rating from the EPA.

Mercedes has yet to announce the official release date and pricing for the 2016 GLA250, but we should learn this information soon, so stay tuned.

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