Re­vamped, sporty-look­ing Mercedes B-Class for sale in new year

Irish Examiner - - Motoring -

new Mercedes B-Class will be one of the early new year ar­rivals in Ire­land, hav­ing re­ceived a top-to-bot­tom makeover in terms of its de­sign, spec­i­fi­ca­tions, and at­trac­tive­ness.

Since its launch, in 2005, the B-Class has been one of the ‘quiet achiev­ers’ within the Mercedes-Benz fold, with 1.5m of them sold.

While re­tain­ing all of the space and com­fort that apThe to owners pre­vi­ously, this lat­est ver­sion has been trans­formed into a truly sporty and at­trac­tive car. It is in closer vis­ual har­mony with the new gen­er­a­tion of Mercedes-Benz mod­els.

Pow­er­ing the new B-Class are new, more ef­fi­cient en­gines, all in com­pli­ance with new Euro 6d-TEMP lim­its, which are manda­tory on all new cars pro­duced from 2020.

Five en­gine vari­ants will be avail­able at launch, two petrol (B180 and B200) and three diesel mod­els (B180d, B200d and B220d).

Likely to be the most pop­u­lar here will be the B180 petrol and B180d ver­sions. With its 7G, dual-clutch trans­mis­sion, the 136bhp, 200Nm B180 has a com­bined fuel con­sump­tion of 5.6 - 5.4-litres per 100km, and com­bined CO2 emis­sions of 128 - 124 g/ km. The B180d, with its 116bhp and 260Nm per­for­mance, has a 7G dual-clutch trans­mis­sion, com­bined fuel con­sump­tion of 4.4 - 4.1-litres per 100km, and com­bined CO2 emis­sions of 115 - 109 g/ km.

Ciaran Allen, sales man­ager for Mercedes-Benz pas­sen­ger cars in Ire­land, de­scribes the new B-Class as hav­ing the heart of an ath­lete. “Per­fect for those who at­tach im­por­tance to space, it brings sporty, more dy­namic mo­tor­ing to the tour­ing-minded mo­torist, whilst of­fer­ing com­fort and safety and bet­ter in­te­rior di­men­sions than the model it re­places,” Allen said.

Prices — to be an­nounced closer to its launch — will be ‘pitched com­pet­i­tively’ to in­crease B-Class sales in Ire­land well be­yond all pre­pealed lev­els, he said.

Mean­while, Mercedes has added the E 350 en­gine to the E-Class Coupé and Cabri­o­let.

The E350 fea­tures a 2.0litre petrol en­gine with EQ Boost, which has an out­put of 299hp and 400Nm of torque.

EQ Boost uses a 48-volt on­board net­work with a belt­driven starter/al­ter­na­tor — the sys­tem adds 14hp to the car’s over­all out­put.

It can travel from 0 to 62mph in 5.9 sec­onds — 6.1 sec­onds for the cabri­o­let — and has an elec­tron­i­cally lim­ited top speed of 155mph. The coupé de­liv­ers up to 40.9 com­bined mpg and emits 158 g/km of CO2 (de­pend­ing on wheel size), while the cabri­o­let can achieve 39.8 com­bined mpg and emits 163 g/km of CO2. Both the coupé and cavi­ous brio­let come as stan­dard with a 9G-Tronic Plus 9speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion.

The E350 coupé and cabri­o­let come packed with a high spec­i­fi­ca­tion as stan­dard, in­clud­ing blind spot as­sist; 12.3-inch widescreen cock­pit dis­play; two cen­tre con­sole and two rear USB ports; touch­pad with con­troller; il­lu­mi­nated door sills; 19-inch, five-twin-spoke al­loy wheels; ‘seat com­fort’ pack­age, in­clud­ing elec­tri­cally ad­justable front seats; pri­vacy glass (coupé only); am­bi­ent light­ing with a choice of 64 colours; Key­lessGo start­ing func­tion; heated front seats; split, fold­ing rear seats; black, open-pore ash wood trim with black, Ar­tico Di­nam­ica leather up­hol­stery.

The new Mercedes B-Class will be avail­able here early next year.

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