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Mercedes-Benz PH Just Launched Its Most "Affordable" Model

The car's sharpest iteration yet
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This car may be labeled as "entry-level," but trust us when we say it looks anything but. Auto Nation Group (ANG)—Mercedes-Benz’s official Philippine distributor—has just launched the new A-Class, and this might be the subcompact car’s sharpest iteration to date.

The vehicle’s new look lends it a sportier, sleeker vibe compared to its predecessor. This is thanks to a more aggressive aesthetic highlighted by angrier headlight design, a ‘shark nose’ front end, and a more sculpted lower fascia. The wheel designs are particularly nice, especially those with striking colored accents found on the car’s higher-end variants.

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The interior is as impressive technologically as it is visually, too. There’s a high-resolution widescreen display that can be operated via touch control, as well as an all-digital instrument cluster that drivers can customize to their liking (choose from Classic, Sport, or Understated). We’re also digging the cool turbine look of the A/C vents.

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This is also the first vehicle to feature the German carmaker’s new Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX) infotainment system with voice control. MBUX comes with an AI designed to adapt and adjust to different users, providing for a tailor-made car ownership experience.

IMAGE: Auto Nation Group

“Twenty years after it was first introduced in 1997, this vehicle is now smarter and sportier for the new generation,” ANG CEO Francis Ang said during the car’s launch. “It is the synergy of modern luxury and technological breakthrough, and I believe you will agree with me the moment you see it for yourself.”

The new Mercedes-Benz A-Class is available in three variants. The A200 Edition 1 and A200 Progressive both run on a 1.3-liter engine capable of 163hp and 250Nm of torque. Meanwhile, the A180 Progressive comes with a 1.3-liter with an output of 136hp and 200Nm. Both are mated to a dual-clutch transmission.

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And here’s the price list we’ve been waiting for:

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Mercedes-Benz A-Class:

  1. Mercedes-Benz A-Class A200 Edition 1 P3,290,000
  2. Mercedes-Benz A-Class Progressive P2,990,000
  3. Mercedes-Benz A-Class A180 Progressive P2,490,000

All Mercedes-Benz dealerships nationwide are now accepting orders for the new A-Class, and you can call ahead to book test drives, too. So, are you looking to own an ‘entry-level’ Benz anytime soon?

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IMAGE: Auto Nation Group

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IMAGE: Auto Nation Group

This story originally appeared on Topgear.com.phMinor edits have been made by the Esquiremag.ph editors.

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