2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA Shows Its Fresh Face for the First Time

The full reveal will happen on January 9 in Detroit

Mercedes-Benz has released the first official photo of the facelifted GLA crossover, which will debut on January 9 at the Detroit Auto Show.

The car has already been spied during testing wearing a pair of updated headlights that will be optionally available with LED technology.

The dark image released by the automaker shows the front end of the car, which besides the new headlamps gains a more prominent grille with an off-road look, bigger creases in the bonnet, as well as a more aggressive-looking front bumper with round LED fog lights.

The automaker didn't get into details about the facelifted GLA but said that its smallest crossover would undergo a "fitness program" at the Detroit Auto Show. What that means is anyone's guess, but we suspect it has something to do with the GLA's more muscular design details and updated engines.

Besides the refreshed front end, the GLA will get retouched taillights, new tailpipes, and an overhauled interior with new materials, updated instrument cluster, and an optional larger display.

As with the facelifted A-Class, the GLA will receive uprated engines too, including the 376 hp 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline engine in the GLA 45 and the 215 hp 2.0-liter turbo-four in the GLA 250.