The Mercedes GLA is off to the strong start in the United States and the company is hoping to keep that momentum going by announcing a series of updates to the 2016 model.

The Mercedes GLA is off to the strong start in the United States and the company is hoping to keep that momentum going by announcing a series of updates to the 2016 model.

First and foremost, buyers will receive additional standard equipment including a dual-zone climate control system, a push-button ignition, and seats with a cushion length adjustment.  The crossover also gains a new infotainment system with a larger 7-inch display as well as a media interface and pre-wiring for Garmin Map Pilot navigation.

Besides the new standard equipment, Mercedes has rearranged some packages and options.  This doesn't sound terribly exciting but certain features - such as a power passenger seat - are now available as a stand-alone option.

Additional changes are limited but customers can order a new Kryptonite Green metallic exterior. The previous gray leather upholstery has also been replaced by a new beige/black option.

Under the hood, the entry-level GLA has a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 208 hp (155 kW) and 258 lb-ft (349 Nm) of torque.  The engine is connected exclusively to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission which enables the crossover to accelerate from 0-60 mph in less than 7.1 seconds and return an EPA-estimated 35 mpg highway.  Front-wheel drive is standard but all-wheel drive continues to be optional.

Moving up to the Mercedes-AMG GLA45 rewards buyers with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that develops 355 hp (264 kW) and 332 lb-ft (449 Nm) of torque.  This enables the all-wheel drive model to rocket from 0-60 mph in just 4.8 seconds.

Speaking of performance, a Dynamic Select system replaces the previous Agility Select system and allows drivers to choose between four different modes - Comfort, ECO, Sport, and Sport+.

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