What is it?
Lovers of small, premium SUVs lend me your ears, for there is news to tell - and if UK car sales reports are anything to go buy, that should be quite a few ears. Indeed, if you were heading out (physically or digitally) to buy a Mercedes-Benz GLA this weekend, it might be worth holding off, because there's an updated one just around the corner.
The engine line-up remains the same: there's a 2.1-litre four-cylinder diesel in 134bhp 200 d and 175bhp 220 d forms, a 154bhp 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol (200) or a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol as the 208bhp 250 or the range-topping, 376bhp Mercedes-AMG GLA 45.
The 200 d we're driving has traditionally been the best-seller and should continue to be so, with official fuel economy of 67.3mpg and CO2 emissions of 110g/km, albeit in front-wheel-drive form.
This year's revisions start with a new front grille, headlights and bumpers, plus interior trim upgrades. They also include different alloy wheel choices and a new paint option: Canyon Beige. All GLA's now come with keyless entry and start, a reversing camera, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring and Mercedes's 30mm-raised off-road comfort suspension chassis as standard. Two special edition models (White Art and GLA 45-only Yellow Night) are now available.