Mercedes give B-class a com­plete makeover

Yorkshire Post - Motoring - - FRONT PAGE - Frederic Manby

THE all-new Mercedes-Benz B-Class is here next spring.

“No model change in the his­tory of Mercedes-Benz has ever seen so many new de­vel­op­ments in­tro­duced in one fell swoop,” says Thomas We­ber, a board mem­ber re­spon­si­ble for group re­search as head of de­vel­op­ment at the Ger­man com­pany.

The proof will found on the roads, after a pre­view this month at the Frankfurt Mo­tor Show (Septem­ber 15-25). It is Europe’s largest car show, where the ma­jor brands show their prospects.

The B-Class, un­til now a con­ven­tional hatch/es­tate, tilts at be­ing a sports tourer with a low­ered body and more erect seat­ing po­si­tions. The slip­pery new body achieves a drag fac­tor of 0.26, a record in the sec­tor.

Nat­u­rally, fuel and emis­sion fig­ures and per­for­mance sta­tis­tics are im­proved. All mod­els will be fit­ted with the crash an­tic­i­pa­tion sys­tem, called Pre-Safe, which the com­pany pi­o­neered on its largest model in 2002. The car is bustling with new fea­tures – ad­vanced four-cylin­der diesel and petrol en­gines, new six-speed man­ual and seven-speed dual clutch au­to­matic gear­boxes. In­ter­net ac­cess be­comes an op­tion, with route find­ing and Google searches. Bri­tish de­liv­er­ies be­gin in March, with prices ex­pected shortly.

HERE SOON: The new B-Class aims at be­ing a sports tourer with a low­ered and ‘slip­pery’ body.

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