Mercedes-AMG GLA 45 S Gets A Plethora Of Updates

Giancarlo Perlas October 11, 2023

In a bid to maintain its reputation for blending luxury and performance, the three-pointed star marque just unveiled a refreshed version of the Mercedes-AMG GLA 45 S. This compact performance SUV comes with a host of exterior and interior enhancements, as well as a robust powertrain that catapults it into a league of its own.

Mercedes-AMG GLA 45 S SUV
Mercedes-AMG GLA 45 S SUV (Image Source: Mercedes-Benz Media)

According to the press release of Mercedes-Benz Media, here are the key features of the overhauled version of the Mercedes-AMG GLA 45 S:

Reimagined Exterior Styling

The AMG GLA 45 S greets us with a refreshed and captivating exterior design. The most striking alteration is the reimagined front apron, accentuating the vehicle’s muscularity and sporting character. Adding a dash of sophistication, the AMG crest now graces the bonnet, symbolizing the brand’s commitment to excellence.

Moreover, LED technology takes center stage in this luxury crossover, adorning the entire lighting system, creating a new light signature for the headlights and rear lights, imbuing the AMG GLA 45 S with subtle yet captivating visual accents. If you crave even more illumination, the optional Multibeam LED main headlights are at your service.

Sporty Side Profile

Taking a closer look at the side profile, we discover another subtle yet impactful change. The wheel arch extensions, once black, now sport the color of the body, adding a seamless flow to the AMG GLA 45 S’s design. The 20-inch wheels and the red brake calipers are standard, emphasizing the vehicle’s sporty disposition.

Moving to the rear, the round twin tailpipe trim and the roof’s spoiler lip leave no room for doubt – this is the most potent variant in the GLA family, poised to dominate the road.

Sleek and Innovative Interior

The interior of the AMG GLA 45 S undergoes a sleek and innovative transformation, featuring the latest generation of the AMG Performance steering wheel as standard. Its buttons now boast bright displays and intuitive operating logic, giving drivers the power to control vital driving functions and select driving programs.

The MBUX infotainment system, with its AMG-specific screen design and expanded functionality, enhances the driving experience. It’s now more potent than ever, supporting seamless wireless connectivity with smartphones via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Additionally, higher USB charging power and an additional USB-C port amplify connectivity options.

Customization Galore

For those who appreciate personalization, the AMG GLA 45 S now offers three new light-alloy wheel options. Buyers can choose between the 19-inch AMG ten-spoke wheels in Bicolor Matt Black with high-gloss burnished surfaces or opt for the 20-inch five-twin-spoke design wheels, available in two variants – Bicolor Matt Black with high-gloss burnished surfaces or Bicolor Matt Black with high-gloss burnished rim flanges. And if you’re truly daring, the wheel range includes 21-inch multi-spoke or cross-spoke wheels from AMG.

To further personalize the interior, new upholstery options for the standard sports seats or the optional AMG Performance seats have been introduced. You can now order the combination of Artico artificial leather and Microcut microfiber in Bahia Brown for a touch of uniqueness.

The Artico artificial leather now offers a Sage Grey/Black color option, while the leather seat covers dazzle in Red Pepper/Black. Completing the customization palette is the option of open-pore lime wood in brown for the trim elements, adding a natural, earthy touch to the cabin.

Power and Performance

Under the hood, the AMG GLA 45 S boasts a potent AMG 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo engine, churning out a remarkable 421 horsepower. The compact SUV can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in a breathtaking 4.3 seconds and attain a top speed of 270 km/h, providing the driver with a thrilling experience. Power is smoothly transmitted via the agile AMG Speedshift DCT eight-speed dual-clutch transmission.

The AMG GLA 45 S boasts the standard driving program Race and a fully variable all-wheel drive, the AMG Performance 4MATIC+ with AMG Torque Control. This sophisticated all-wheel-drive system allows precise distribution of power not only between the front and rear axles but also selectively between the left and right rear wheels, delivering unmatched handling and agility.

Final Thoughts

Overall, the Mercedes-AMG GLA 45 S, with its captivating exterior enhancements, innovative interior features, and powerful yet efficient engine, is poised to conquer the compact performance SUV segment. It’s a harmonious blend of performance and luxury, setting new standards in its class.

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Giancarlo Perlas

Giancarlo Perlas is an economist by profession with a career spanning nearly two decades. His professional journey has seen him assume vital roles in various government and private organizations, particularly in the blockchain and cryptocurrency sectors. Alongside his civic and corporate pursuits is his love for cars, particularly those made by Mercedes-Benz. In 2012, he found himself with like-minded individuals within BenzInsider. From then on, he used the platform as a way to share his passion with the automotive community. Follow his Facebook page at, X (formerly Twitter) @giancarloperlas, and IG @benzinsider. View all posts by Giancarlo Perlas →

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