Fans of the Mercedes-Benz A-Class that prefer something a bit more practical and with more space rejoice. After launching the all-new hatchback last eight months ago, Auto Nation Group, the official distributor of Mercedes-Benz in the country, has launched the next-generation B-Class.

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First making its world debut back in October 2018, the all-new B-Class has received a sharper, more dynamic redesign along with a more high-tech and sleeker-looking cabin.

While it may appear similar to the second-generation MPV, the third-generation model features a more curvaceous design that is highlighted by a sloping roofline, a bigger front grill, and new tapered headlights. Also fitted on the new MPV are a fresh set of alloy wheels, eye-catching taillights, new tailgate-mounted spoiler, and a diffuser on the rear bumper.

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Like its hatchback brethren, the executive MPV gets the similar 'avant-garde' style dashboard design. Aircraft-inspired aircon vents, along with a distinct two-tone hue, and piano black accents that give the B-Class a chic look. Then there's the new MBUX infotainment system which replaces the previous COMAND system.

It is comprised of dual monitors that show the infotainment system, multi-info display, as well as the instrument panel. It even comes with new connectivity features like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and a voice recognition system that can be activated by saying "Hey Mercedes".

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Other standard amenities present on the new B Class include: power-adjustable driver's seat with memory function, climate control, leather seats, engine start/stop button, automatic headlights, and cruise control.

Need to carry plenty of luggage? The rear seats can now be split-folded in a 40:20:40 configuration. That way, the B-Class can carry between 455 to 705 liters worth of cargo. Fold all the seats down and the MPV is capable of holding 1,540 liters of luggage.

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Pop the hood and the B-Class is powered by a new 1.3-liter three-cylinder turbocharged engine. In B 180 trim, the new engine produces 136 PS along with 200 Nm of torque. Power is then transferred to a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox. Standard safety kit included in the 2020 B-Class are: anti-lock brakes with electronic brakeforce distribution and brake assist, stability and traction controls, tire pressure monitoring, hill-start assist, ISOFIX child seat anchors on the rear seats, and dual airbags.

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The 2020 Mercedes-Benz B-Class is only available in the B 180 trim and retails for Php 2,690,000