Mercedes give B-class a complete makeover
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.