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Brabus D3 package announced for Mercedes GLA 220 CDI

Brabus has come up with a performance kit for the GLA 220 CDI. The kit might not be as insane as some of the tuner’s twin-turbo V8 kits, but it does add unique styling and a decent jump in grunt for the plucky SUV.

Brabus D3 Mercedes-Benz GLA 220 CDI kit

Wearing very bright orange paintwork, the Brabus D3 package showcases a new gloss black front spoiler lip, matching side skirts and roof rails, new air vent surrounds, a rear wing and bespoke rear diffuser, and black Brabus wheels that present red highlights. There’s also a neat-looking quad-outlet exhaust setup at the rear that seems to blend in very well with the diffuser.

The new look is also backed up by a power boost to the GLA 220 CDI’s 2.2-litre turbo-diesel engine. Output is lifted by 30kW and 60Nm, raising the total figures to 155kW and 410Nm. As a result, 0-100km/h comes up 0.3 seconds quicker, now timed at 8.0 seconds. The top speed is also lifted by 5km/h to 220km/h.

Brabus hasn’t mentioned how the tune-up affects the fuel economy, but the official combined cycle rating on the standard model is just 4.9L/100km.

The GLA 220 CDI isn’t currently available in Australia, with only the GLA 200 CDI, GLA 250, and GLA 45 AMG making it Down Under. Prices start from $48,300 for the GLA 200 CDI and top out at $80,430 for the impressive 265kW GLA 45 AMG.

Josh was one of the original co-founders of PerformanceDrive. His expertise is car culture and aftermarket performance. He was the editor at Hot4s Magazine for a few years, and has since worked at Fast Fours, Zoom, and as a journalist for The Project Group.