Over a year has passed since Mercedes-Benz debuted the heavily updated E-Class. Since then, it's been offered in Europe, North America, and some parts of Asia. However, only recently did sales of the new-look E-Class begin in Southeast Asia.

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Thailand became the first country in the region to get the new E-Class. The Bangkok International Motor Show served as its public debut a month after it was announced for the country. With that, likely, we're a few months away from getting it here.

The Thai-spec E-Class comes in three variants, the E220d AMG Line, E300 e Avantgarde, and E300 e AMG Line. The E 300 e models are plug-in hybrids that pair a 2.0-liter turbo-gas engine to an electric motor. Meanwhile, the E220 d comes with a 2.0-liter turbodiesel. Both are interesting engine choices, but, likely, the plug-in hybrid will not be offered here. Instead, we might get the diesel and the 2.0-liter turbo-gas E200.

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What we would like to see is the local models matching the Thai versions when it comes to equipment. All their variants come with a dual-screen layout on the dashboard. One panel houses both the customizable instrument cluster and infotainment system that gives it a modern look. It also comes with smartphone integration that includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The new sedan also features Mercedes-Benz's latest infotainment software dubbed Hey, Mercedes.

Other novel features include sun blinds for the rear passengers, along with a pair of dual sun visors for both front driver and passenger. One feature we would like to see in the local-spec E-Class is adaptive cruise control with automatic emergency braking.

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For now, Mercedes-Benz Philippines have their hands full with two all-new crossovers. These are the redesigned GLA and the first-ever GLB. That said, we don't think CATS Motors (the official local distributor) will hold off the new-look E-Class in the country much longer. After all, the E-Class is one of the marque's core models and a long-time hit with their traditional buyers.