Or­ders open for the new Mercedes B-Class range

Cynon Valley - - MOTORS WALES - DAVID WHINYATES news­[email protected]­line.co.uk

MERCEDES-BENZ has an­nounced pric­ing and spec­i­fi­ca­tions for its new B-Class range and also for the en­try-level ver­sion of its E-Class hy­brid, all of which are due to be­come avail­able from deal­er­ships next spring.

The new B-Class will be avail­able with a choice of four en­gines and come in two lev­els of trim – Sport and AMG Line – with prices start­ing from £26,975.

The B 180 and B 200 both use a 1.3-litre petrol en­gine with out­puts of 134 and 161hp re­spec­tively. Both are ca­pa­ble of de­liv­er­ing up to 51.4 mpg on the com­bined cy­cle, while the B 180 emits 125 g/km of CO2 and the B 200 126 g/km CO2.

The diesel-en­gined B 200d and B 220d mod­els come with two-litre mo­tors rated at 148 and 320hp, both with a com­bined fuel con­sump­tion of 64.2 mpg. The B 200d emits 115 g/ km of CO2, while the B 220 has emis­sions of 116 g/km of CO2.

Diesel ver­sions come as stan­dard with an eight­speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion, while the B 180 and B 200 use a seven-speed auto.

The Sport trim line comes as stan­dard with a voice-ac­ti­vated mul­ti­me­dia sys­tem, 7in cock­pit dis­play and 7in touch­screen me­dia dis­play, re­vers­ing cam­era, 17in 10-spoke al­loys, hard-disk nav­i­ga­tion, ac­tive lane keep­ing and speed limit as­sist sys­tems, DAB ra­dio, key­lessstart­ing, au­to­matic two-zone cli­mate con­trol, LED head­lights and fab­ric up­hol­stery.

AMG-Line mod­els are equipped with 18in al­loys, a three-spoke mul­ti­func­tion sport steer­ing wheel in nappa leather, sports seats, AMG bodystyling and mi­crofi­bre up­hol­stery with red con­trast stitch­ing.

Deal­ers have now opened their or­der books for the new B-Class and also for the new en­try level E 300SE hy­brid which is priced from £47,450 and is pow­ered by a 211hp tur­bocharged two-litre petrol en­gine and a hy­brid mod­ule with 122 hp of elec­tric power to pro­vide a com­bined sys­tem out­put of 700 Nm.

It can hit 60mph from rest in un­der 5.7 sec­onds and has a top speed of 155mph, while be­ing ca­pa­ble of 134.5mpg on the com­bined cy­cle and with CO2 emis­sions of a mere 46 g/km.

The E 300 e has a fully elec­tric range of 31 miles from its 13.5kWh bat­tery which can be charged from 10%-100% in un­der two hours with a 7.4 kW charger, or in un­der four hours from a stan­dard three-pin UK socket.

Mercedes B-Class

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