Join Date: Nov 2016
Location: Stuttgart, GER
Car Year & Model: 2017 GLA45
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Alright, so I have a small streak on my driver's windshield wiper, probably from a leaf that I didn't remove or something - needless to say, it annoyed me, so I went and bought replacement blades. Imagine my surprise when contrary to all information available online, the 2017 GLA45 does NOT have I&L style blades, but rather a new locking "cartridge" style that I cannot find anywhere else. If you google GLA wiper blades, CLA blades, GLA OWNER'S MANUAL (on the MB site), or anything similar, you will see locking tab retention.
However, my physical and vehicle owner's guides both show this new style. The mounting is actually admirably slick. You pinch a small, ~1" plastic cover tightly and pull it "away" from the pivot point. It moves roughly ~1/4" and latches. Once it has moved, it lines up small inlets on its underside with four nubs on the outside of a roughly 1" rectangle that is pin mounted almost directly on the wiper blade itself. The blade then simply drops out towards the windscreen. It's extremely compact, sitting very close to the windshield, and very easy to operate once you figure it out. However, I've messed with a lot of wiper blades in my life as a tire monkey (and owning a mono blade W202 which was a *slightly* wider J-hook than the modern standard). I've never seen anything like this mounting.
This means the dealer's got me in a difficult position, and I don't like it.
My question to you, fellow X156 owners, is this - when did they change it? Is it with the 2016 "touchups"? Is it new for 2017? Is it only for the 45? I suspect it is new for 2017 due to the utter lack of internet knowledge, and I also suspect it is only on the 45 due to the "streamlined" nature of the mount. However, I would need data points to be sure. I especially want to see if Wayne's has it, as I think he's only a few months before mine. Additionally, the rear wiper is a similar mount setup, but a blade that puny is unlikely to be available outside of a dealer in any sort, so that doesn't irk me nor attract my attention.
Also, putting this post out here will hopefully help fellow X156 owners who are as confused as I was when I removed the factory blades.
EDIT: I will add photos when I can take them - it was nightfall by the time I got the blades today.
As far as I know Bosch was the supplier for wiper blades and I had changed my wife's '14 CLA250 with Bosch's Icon blades. They were perfect fit!
I just checked their website, they list '14 ~ '15 CLA & GLA as compatible vehicles, but '16 onward they don't list it anymore.
So I guess MB changed the design from MY16.
I am quite shocked to see how they want to control parts even on wiper blades.