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Mercedes-Benz USA has announced some updates for the 2016 model year of its entry-level SUV, the Mercedes-Benz GLA – buyers in the United States will get several added features as standard from now on.

Sold in sole GLA 250 guise (AMG GLA 45 notwithstanding), all cars get dual-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, cushion length adjustment for the seats and a larger seven-inch display (introduced as part of running updates worldwide earlier this year) for the COMAND infotainment system, along with a media interface and pre-wiring for the Garmin Map Pilot navigation system.

The Agility Select system has also been replaced by the new Dynamic Select – first introduced on the facelifted A-Class, it gets four driving modes; these being Comfort, ECO, Sport and Sport+. It has to be noted that none of these features are fitted on our GLA 250 4Matic as yet.

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The options list has also been rejigged for the new year – for example, a power-adjustable passenger seat is now a stand-alone option, while the colour palette has been expanded with a new Kryptonite Green metallic exterior paint as well as a new beige-and-black interior scheme (replacing the previous grey leather upholstery).

No changes under the bonnet, so the GLA 250 retains the 2.0 litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine producing 208 hp and 349 Nm, mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard in the US, but can also opt for 4Matic all-wheel drive.

GALLERY: Malaysian-spec Mercedes-Benz GLA 250 4Matic