Models with the permanent all-wheel drive system 4MATIC feature the Off-Road Engineering Package as standard.
This comprises an additional driving programme, a downhill driving assist function and in combination with Multibeam LED headlamps, a special light function for off-road driving.
Also, the enhanced functions of the Driving Assistance Package include the turning manoeuvre function, the emergency corridor function, the exit warning function alerting the driver to approaching cyclists or vehicles, and a warning when pedestrians are detected near zebra crossings.
The GLA is able to react when the driver doesn't. Active Brake Assist can apply autonomous braking to avoid a collision or to reduce its severity.
At typical city speeds, the system is also able to brake for stationary vehicles and crossing pedestrians, and avoid collisions.
In the cabin, all-round visibility has also been improved – partly thanks to optimised roof pillar cross-sections, which obscure less of the surroundings.
Included as standard is the intuitively operated MBUX infotainment system (Mercedes-Benz User Experience). It can be activated by voice control, using the keyword "Hey Mercedes".
The 1.33-litre GLA 200 is the entry level turbocharged petrol variant, fitted a 7G-DCT dual clutch transmission, producing 163hp at 5,500rpm and 250Nm of torque at 1,620 - 4,000rpm.
The 2.0-litre GLA 250 and its 4MATIC variant have a 8G-DCT dual clutch transmission, and outputs 225hp at at 5,500rpm and 350Nm of torque at 1,800 - 4,000rpm.
An EQ Power model with third-generation hybrid drive will be out by June, while the fully electric EQA will follow by year-end.