Special editions are an age-old tradition. After all, who wants to get just a regular base model?
That’s especially true in the luxury car market, so Mercedes-Benz has picked some highlights from its range of option packages and given some of its entry-level models more showroom appeal with special edition models featuring drive-away prices.
The range of limited editions opens with the GLA180 Urban Edition, priced at $49,990 drive-away. For comparison, the regular GLA180 is priced at $44,700 before on-road costs.
For the extra coin, you get plenty of extra equipment taken from the various option packages. The Urban Edition adds a panoramic sunroof, ambient lighting and electric front seats with heating, four-way lumbar and memory, with Artico/Macapa upholstery in either black or Sahara Beige.
There’s also the contents of the Keyless-Go Comfort Package, including proximity entry, as well as larger 19-inch alloy wheels instead of the regular 18-inch ones. GLA180 Urban Edition models also add the optional Off-Road Comfort Suspension package. Bit strange for something called the “Urban Edition”…
Like the regular GLA180, the Urban Edition uses a 1.6-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 90kW and 200Nm, mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and powering the front wheels.
Those seeking a more practical small Mercedes – and a more modern one, considering the GLA will soon be replaced – can opt for the B180 Sport Edition. It’s priced at $52,990 drive-away, a sizeable jump over the regular B180’s sticker price of $46,400 before on-road costs. However, there’s plenty of extra equipment to justify the higher price.
B180 Sport Editions add the AMG Line body kit and 18-inch AMG wheels, as well as lowered suspension. There’s also a panoramic sunroof, Multibeam LED headlights with adaptive high-beam assist, 360-degree camera, and electric front seats with heating and memory.
Though the bigger B shares its 180 suffix with the GLA180, there’s a completely different engine under the bonnet – a 1.3 turbocharged four-cylinder mill with 100kW but an identical 200Nm, also mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic and powering the front wheels.
The biggest and most expensive of the special edition Benzes is the E200 Sport Edition sedan. Priced at $98,900 drive-away, this special edition also adds an AMG Line body kit and a panoramic sunroof.
Also included are privacy glass, a wireless smartphone charger, heated front seats and the contents of the Vision Package, which adds a head-up display, 13-speaker Burmester surround sound system and the aforementioned sunroof. The E200 Sport Edition also uses AMG alloy wheels, in this case 20-inchers.
As in the regular E200, priced at $93,640 before on-road costs, under the bonnet of the E200 Sport Edition is a 2.0 turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 135kW and 300Nm. It's mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission and powers the rear wheels.
If any of these Mercedes-Benzes tickle your fancy, you have until 31 December to order one and have it delivered, unless Mercedes-Benz chooses to extend the offer.
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