A quick getaway with the Mercedes-Benz GLC and V-Class


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Giving select members of the local motoring media a chance for a ride and drive experience of the new Mercedes-Benz GLC and V-Class, the Auto Nation Group (ANG), the authorized Philippine distributor of Mercedes-Benz, hosted a one-of-a-kind experiential activity that did not only allow a better look into the latest models but also experience the ‘Mercedes-Benz lifestyle.’

Deviating from the usual, Mercedes-Benz Philippines planned a day of activities that did not felt work for us at all.

First agenda was a three-hour introductory course to scuba diving. With this, the group gathered in the indoor scuba facilities of The Upper Deck Sports and Lifestyle Center in Ortigas, Pasig City. Getting a glimpse of the adventurous lifestyle, participants were taught with the basics of scuba diving by the PADI-accredited driver Igo Subora.

With yours truly being a scuba diving first timer, the experience was unlike any other. Learning to breathe underwater via regulator and finally going to the deepest part of the indoor diving pool felt such an achievement. It made me want to try again soon in open waters and enjoy beauty under the sea.

Mercedes-Benz GLCAfter the awesome experience under water, we then hopped on to our Mercedes-Benz vehicles for a travel within the metro. I went in a Mercedes-Benz V220d as a passenger and it was the best. Being on a busy Friday, traffic was bad in some parts of EDSA but that was okay as the ride of the new V-Class was astounding enough not to be bothered by traffic especially as a passenger. Inside the new V-Class is a proper fusion of modern and simplicity which absolutely works in bringing out more elegance inside the cabin of the new Benz luxury van. Oh, and the seats could be rearranged to face each other, too. With modular table trays for each seat, meetings could literally be done on mobile in the V-Class.

From Ortigas we traveled to Seda Hotel at Vertis North in Quezon City where we had our scrumptious buffet lunch. After filling up, we then had a quick photo op of these two beauts.

First to wow you about the new V-Class 220d is its stronger visual presence brought by its new front-end design. Now with striking cooling air inlets and new diamond in the front grill. Adding to the new exterior look is the new set of lightweight alloy wheels that completes the modern vibe.

As for the updated Mercedes-Benz GLC, except for the redesigned LED headlights not much update was needed as the Benz SUV’s exterior highlighted by its muscular and athletic profile still looks astounding as this model’s first unveil. But the biggest change for the GLC happens inside with the Benz SUV getting the Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX) infotainment system. By saying “Hey Mercedes”, MBUX activates and caters to voice commands to perform infotainment functions such as destination input, phone call, music selection, climate control, and 64-colors ambient lighting.

After the spending time at Seda Hotel, the group went back to Ortigas for a relaxing massage. Yes, we went scuba diving, ate sumptuous lunch and had a relaxing massage and all these we did rolling around the metro in luxurious Mercedes-Benz. Did I tell you that this is work?

(Photos courtesy of Mercedes-Benz Philippines)


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