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2026 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class Preview Redesign Info & Release Date

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The 2026 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class is slated to come out as a fully redesigned model. This vehicle is just one of a spate of refreshes and redesigns that Mercedes has in store for the 2026 model year. The GLA was last given a light refresh for the 2024 model year, and we expect a more heavy-handed redesign this time around.

We expect the subcompact SUV to receive a new look, closer to the upright design of the GLB. We also expect new lights both front and back, an updated fascia, and new touches to the sides and cladding on the vehicle. With a full redesign, we're also likely to see new paint colors available and new interior color schemes to match.

Inside, Mercedes offers the current GLA with a standard 10.3-inch touchscreen and a 10.3-inch digital instrument cluster, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth, multiple USB ports, voice recognition, and six audio speakers. We would like to see more features, like navigation and wireless charging become standard on the redesigned 2026 model.

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The current GLA-Class is available with two engine choices. A base turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that features a 48-volt mild-hybrid system is standard. The engine is rated at 221 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. The mild-hybrid system can provide a 13-hp boost of performance. Front-wheel drive is standard, while the GLA 250 4Matic trim comes with all-wheel drive. The AMG GLA 35 comes with a high-performance version of the turbocharged engine that produces 302 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. The AMG trim also features a mild-hybrid system and comes with standard AWD. An eight-speed automatic transmission is standard. We expect these engines to increase in efficiency with the redesign.

Pricing & Release Date

We don't have an official release date for the redesigned Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class, but we expect it to arrive in mid-2025, based on previous Mercedes release schedules. With a full redesign, we expect the all-new generation of GLA to be priced higher than the current model on sale. 2023 GLA-Class pricing ranges from $38,650 to $57,800.

The Mercedes GLA-Class should compete against other subcompact luxury SUVs such as the Genesis GV70, BMW X1, Audi Q3, and the Volvo XC40.

We will update this page as more information becomes available.

Source: Automotive News (subscription required)

Pictured: 2023 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class

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Meghan Carbary
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