Merc re­veals new B-Class in Paris

Zululand Observer - Weekender - - ZO MOTORING -

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.

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