Merc reveals new B-Class in Paris
Mercedes-Benz chose the Paris Motor Show to reveal the third generation B-Class. The Stuttgart-based brand says many of the driving assistance systems available in the new B-Class have been carried over from the S-Class.
In addition, the interior is now more spacious, while the engines are ‘more efficient and cleaner’.
Its makers say the new B has a lower roof line for a ‘best-in-class airflow owing to the smaller end face of the car’ and has a wheelbase measuring 2 729mm.
Inside there’s a free-standing display unit, which comes in three different versions: with two seven-inch displays; one seven and one 10,25-inch display; and, in the widescreen version, two 10,25-inch displays.
The MBUX (Mercedes-Benz User Experience) multi-media system is also offered.
The centre console boasts a touch-based control and input system, and comes with a black panel look similar to that of the E-Class.
Mercedes says the seats offer a flatter and more comfortable position as well as a larger adjustment range than before.
As far as engines go, a transversemounted version of the brand’s 2.0-litre diesel will be offered in 110kW/320Nm (B200d) and 140kW/400Nm (B220d) outputs
A 1.5-litre turbo-diesel (as used in the A-Class) will also be available, with up to 85kW/260Nm (B180d).
Two four-cylinder petrol engines with 1.33-litre displacement will also form part of the range, offered in 100kW/200Nm (B180) and 120kW/250Nm (B200) forms.
In SA, while not a big seller, the B-Class is still part of Mercedes-Benz’s line-up, so the new car will most likely make its way here eventually.