Scor­ing a B Class

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The new Mer­cedes-benz B-class puts the em­pha­sis on sport with the Sports Tourer. It looks more dy­namic than its pre­de­ces­sor and is more ag­ile on the road while of­fer­ing greater com­fort. When it comes to ac­tive safety, state-of-the-art driv­ing as­sis­tance sys­tems make the B-class one of the seg­ment lead­ers with func­tions car­ried over from the S-class. In ad­di­tion, the in­te­rior is now more spa­cious, while the en­gines are more ef­fi­cient and cleaner. The eight-speed dual-clutch trans­mis­sion makes its de­but. “More prac­ti­cal than ever, more chic than ever,” is how Britta Seeger, Mem­ber of the Board of Man­age­ment of Daim­ler AG, re­spon­si­ble for MercedesBenz Cars Sales, char­ac­terises the new B-class. “In our port­fo­lio of com­pacts, it’s the per­fect ve­hi­cle for the whole fam­ily. And MBUX – the new Mer­cedes-benz User Ex­pe­ri­ence – pro­vides also the B-class with an all-new cus­tomer ex­pe­ri­ence with func­tions that were pre­vi­ously the re­serve of the lux­ury class.” The new B-class is the sec­ond car model after the A-class to fea­ture the MBUX (Mer­cedes-benz User Ex­pe­ri­ence) mul­ti­me­dia sys­tem, which ush­ered in a new era with Mer­cedes me Con­nec­tiv­ity. MBUX is cus­tomis­able and adapts to the user. Its other strengths in­clude touch screen con­trol as stan­dard as well as, de­pend­ing on equip­ment, a high-res­o­lu­tion Widescreen cock­pit, nav­i­ga­tion dis­play with aug­mented re­al­ity tech­nol­ogy plus in­tel­li­gent voice con­trol with nat­u­ral speech recog­ni­tion, which is ac­ti­vated by say­ing “Hey Mer­cedes”. The fol­low­ing five en­gine vari­ants will be avail­able at the launch of the B-class: • B 180 (100 kw/136 hp, 200 Nm); with 7G-DCT du­al­clutch trans­mis­sion. • B 200 (120 kw/163 hp, 250 Nm); with 7G-DCT du­al­clutch trans­mis­sion. • B 180 d with 7G-DCT du­al­clutch trans­mis­sion (85 kw/116 hp), 260 Nm. • B 200 d with 8G-DCT du­al­clutch trans­mis­sion (110 kw/150 hp), 320 Nm. • B 220 d with 8G-DCT du­al­clutch trans­mis­sion (140 kw/190 hp), 400 Nm. “The lat­est de­riv­a­tive of the new gen­er­a­tion of com­pact cars from Mer­cedes-benz, the B-class writes a fur­ther punchy chap­ter in the suc­cess story of the dy­namic Mer­cedes-benz Sports Tourer,” says Gor­den Wa­gener, Chief De­sign Of­fi­cer of Daim­ler AG.

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