Mercedes-Benz PH to Launch All-New Mercedes-Benz A-Class This Week
Auto Nation Group, Inc. (ANG), the distributor of Mercedes-Benz's range of vehicles in the Philippines, is set to launch an all-new model from the German marque this week, and we believe it's the all-new Mercedes-Benz A-Class. Launched globally in February 2018, the all-new A-Class is available with three different engine choices, one of which is a diesel, and a choice of either a six-speed manual or a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, though the former is only available in the entry-level A 200 variant. If we're to guess what variant could be made available locally, it would be the A 250 since it's the same variant available for the outgoing W176 model. Output though has been bumped up to 224 hp and 350 Nm of torque. Sadly, there's no AMG version yet but we can expect to see a successor to the A 45 AMG in a couple of years' time. What Mercedes-Benz likes to hype about the all-new A-Class is that it's the first model from the marque "to feature the completely new multimedia system MBUX--Mercedes-Benz User Experience, which also ushers in a new era in Mercedes me connectivity." According to the carmaker, a unique feature of the MBUX is its "ability to learn thanks to artificial intelligence." The MBUX can supposedly be customized and adapts to suit the user. It also reportedly features intelligent voice control, which can activated by the phrase "Hey Mercedes." The MBUX system is comprised of two seven-inch displays for the instrument cluster and media display with touchscreen, a multifunction sport steering wheel with touch control buttons on the left and right, a Type-C USB interface, and Bluetooth connectivity for smartphone and audio sources.
If our guess is right and ANG is indeed launching the Mercedes-Benz A-Class, it'll only be the subcompact hatchback as the sedan body style was only launched in April 2018 and is scheduled to reach showrooms "in early 2019." "The A-Class has been a big driver of change at Mercedes-Benz. It is the single best example on how we managed to rejuvenate our entire brand," said Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler AG and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars, Dieter Zetsche, at the global launch of the A-Class. "There’s not much of an 'entry-level' feel left in our new entry-level car. This grown-up A-Class fully incorporates our definition of 'Modern Luxury.' And it's unparalleled in this segment."