Just a few days after the spy photographers captured how the updated Mercedes-AMG GLA 35 is being tested outdoors, they captured an even more powerful version of the GLA 45, which will retain the title of the flagship in the line of compact SUVs after the update next year.
The hot GLA prototype featured light camouflage on both sides, trying to hide minor visual changes. Interestingly, it was equipped with a set of 19-inch alloy wheels, which look quite small for such a powerful machine, especially when you consider that the prototype GLA 35 received additional 21-inch alloy wheels.
While the wheels really matter, the true nature of the GLA 45 prototype is revealed thanks to the quad exhaust pipes at the rear, not the dual GLA 35. We also see the extension of the rear spoiler and the diffuser.
The camouflage wrapper doesn’t allow us to get a good look at the updated model, but we expect the GLA 45 to inherit updated LED graphics on the headlights and taillights, a slightly different Panamericana grille, and a redesigned front bumper similar to the one on the GLA 35.
The differences between the two AMG-branded GLAS will include functional air intakes in the 45 and 45 S bumpers, which close at 35. An additional aerodynamic body kit adds a more pronounced splitter, ducks, and a fancy rear wing for an even more sporty appearance.
Like the entire compact Mercedes family, the updated GLA will receive a number of interior updates, the most important of which are the updated MBUX infotainment system, a new steering wheel, and the absence of a trackpad on the center console.
“AMG variants will also receive bucket seats, flat-bottom steering wheels, aluminum pedals, colored stitching, and Alcantara upholstery.”