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Mercedes-Benz GLC-class arrives in Singapore Q3 2016, plus Mini Cooper Convertible gets JCW variant

The Mercedes-Benz GLC-class,spiritual successor to the GLK, will be in town soon.

The Mercedes-Benz GLC-class, spiritual successor to the GLK, will be in town soon, and is an SUV that scores in the design and functionality departments. The luxury crossover is powered by a 2-litre turbo four-cylinder, and takes many a leaf out of the Mercedes C-class playbook, such as spacious interior and sturdy handling.

It also introduces a slew of sorely needed tech upgrades, like a 17.7cm infotainment screen and collision avoidance sensors, while shedding a couple hundred kilograms from the GLK build, for better fuel efficiency.

(RELATED: We reviewed the new Mercedes C-Class sedans.)

The dated GLK line ended its seven-year production run last year, and was renamed to reflect equivalency with the well-loved C-class sedan. “Out with the old” was the right call in this instance.

Available in Singapore in the third quarter of the year.

A MINI ONE-UP

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(RELATED: The Peak flew to Sweden to test the largest Mini Cooper yet: the Mini Cooper Clubman.)

No surprises here – on the tail of the S-version upgrade for the reworked Mini Cooper Convertible comes the revved-up John Cooper Works (JCW) variant. The little speedster leverages on a BMW-built, 228bhp four-cylinder engine to hit the 0-100kmh mark in 6.5 seconds.

Coupled with a fine-tuned suspension system and a body trimmed for sleeker aerodynamics, the JCW looks set to deliver on the promise of a more powerful and better-handling joyride, than its vanilla counterpart.

Arriving in Singapore in the second half of this year.

FLY IN Bentley STYLE

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Bentley’s bespoke furnishings team, Mulliner, has finally brought ultra luxe bells and whistles to the Flying Spur. The options are plenty, but our favourite has to be the on-board bottle cooler, which comes with two holders for wine glasses or champagne flutes. A close second – a hide-trimmed compartment that looks fit for royalty, to hold your evening dress watch and those cufflinks you promised to wear to dinner.

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