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Mercedes-Benz PH gives CLA and GLB a facelift

Two accessible Chedengs get updates

For the style-conscious, the CLA is an exciting proposition. PHOTO FROM MERCEDES-BENZ

Mercedes-Benz Philippines unveils some upgrades made on the CLA200 Coupe this month. Elevating the standard in the luxury compact car segment, the CLA will have more modern touches to its exterior design.

A redesigned bumper apron, state-of-the-art LED headlamps, and 18-inch multi-spoke wheels create a more sophisticated look, while Adaptive Highbeam Assist technology ensures better visibility on the road.

Sleek and functional inside and out. PHOTOS FROM MERCEDES-BENZ

The CLA also boasts upgraded interior features.

Two 10.25-inch touchscreens running the MBUX advanced infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration will deliver superb quality for entertainment and navigation needs. A USB interface and 12V sockets are added conveniences for connectivity while on the road, and ambient lighting adds to the mood for a superb driving experience.

The CLA also offers a drive program selector (or the Dynamic Select feature) that lets you switch drive modes according to your preference. With 163hp and 270Nm of torque from a 1.3-liter turbocharged in-line-four, the CLA is elegant performance in one compact car. It retails at P3,990,000.

The GLB is a posh family hauler for those who don't want the appearance of an MPV. PHOTO FROM MERCEDES-BENZ

The GLB200 AMG Line also gets an upgrade with two multi-information displays (seven inches and 10.25 inches) that run the MBUX multimedia system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and more console and cargo storage options.

Second-row seats can now be folded down to accommodate up to 1,805L of luggage space. Also offering third-row seating, the GLB makes for a luxurious but versatile option for families.

A perfect mix of practicality and luxury. PHOTOS FROM MERCEDES-BENZ

On the exterior, the GLB boasts 19-inch AMG twin-spoke alloy wheels paired with high-performance LED headlamps. Its exterior design is just as impressive as its engine performance.

With an output of 163hp and maximum torque of 270Nm from a 1.3-liter turbo four-cylinder engine, you can expect an unforgettable experience on the road.

The GLB200 AMG Line goes for P4,590,000.

So…time for a new Chedeng?

Patty Morato-Roa

Patty had an early career as a TV and print model. She was also immersed in the motoring world at a young age having spent her childhood around annual car shows. She has worked as an editorial assistant, and dabbles in photography as well. She’s a wife of an avid motorcycle rider and a mom of two.