We may be ending the year in a few weeks, but the automotive industry isn't showing signs of going on break. In fact, it's been busier than usual with late launches and breaking news both local and abroad. Mercedes-Benz Philippines is one of them, and they've just quietly launched two new models.

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First is an addition to the C-Class range. Joining the C180 is its diesel counterpart, the C180d. For the Philippine-market, we get ours in Avantgarde form. That means it has its three-pointed star mounted on the grill, rides on twin five-spoke wheels, and a unique set of front and rear bumpers. Like the gas-fed version, the C180d Avantgarde comes standard with Agility Control.

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Visually though, the C180d looks almost the same as the C180. The only difference between gas and diesel variants are the trunklid badges.

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While the exteriors are just about the same, the C180d has one major difference from the C180. In the diesel C-Class, it comes with a (mostly) analogue instrument cluster. For reference, the gas-powered C-Class has a fully digital cluster, which is customizable as well. Features on the other hand are the same, from Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as the power memory seats for the driver.

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Under the hood of the C180d is a 1.6-liter mill, not a 1.8-liter as the name would suggest. It's good for 122 PS and 300 Nm of torque and it's then paired to a nine-speed automatic transmission.

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The second car quietly launched by Mercedes-Benz Philippines is the third-generation CLS four-door coupe. For our market, there will only be one variant that will be offered. What we get is the CLS 450 4Matic AMG Line, the highest standard variant which slots below the full-blown AMG models.

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Its major technical highlight is the powertrain. It uses a turbocharged inline-six engine paired to a mild hybrid system with electronic boost. This all-new 3.0-liter mill has a combined output of 367 PS and 500 Nm of torque. Power is then sent to all wheels, instead of the usual rear for most Mercedes-Benz sedans. Like most new models from the brand, the transmission is a nine-speed unit.

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The AMG Line fitted to the CLS 450 gives more aggressive front and rear bumpers, along with a diamond-pattern grill. It then rides on 20-inch alloy wheels which is unique to AMG Line models. This package also adds what the brand calls Direct Control sports suspension, lowering the car by a few millimeters.

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Other packages in the CLS 450 4Matic include Multibeam LED headlights, mirror package, memory package, parking package with 360 degree-view camera, and Keyless-Go.

Prices for these new Mercedes-Benz models are as follows:

C180d Avantgarde: Php 3,390,000

CLS 450 4Matic AMG Line: 9,290,000