Fea­tures add to ap­peal of B-class

Gloucestershire Echo - - MOTORING NEWS - By IAN DON­ALD­SON

MORE space in­side, more dy­namic looks on the out­side and more ef­fi­cient and cleaner en­gines are all claims for the new B-class from Mercedes-benz.

The new car is lower than its pre­de­ces­sor and cuts through the air more ef­fi­ciently, to the ben­e­fit of fuel econ­omy, while fea­tures car­ried over from the lux­u­ri­ous S-class range add a high tech feel.

With an em­pha­sis on style, the cen­tre con­sole with a touch-based con­trol and in­put sys­tem comes with a black panel look sim­i­lar to the E-class. There’s am­bi­ence light­ing with 64 colours and ten ‘colour worlds’, a unique sell­ing point in this seg­ment, says Mercedes.

The rear seat back­rest comes as stan­dard with a 40:20:40 split. De­pend­ing on ver­sion, from mid-2019 it will be pos­si­ble for the rear seats to be moved by 14 cen­time­tres and for the back­rest to be folded into a steeper po­si­tion to vary the ca­pac­ity of the lug­gage com­part­ment be­hind the rear seats be­tween 455 and 705 litres.

The new B-class comes with driv­ing as­sis­tance sys­tems with what Mercedes calls co­op­er­a­tive driver sup­port, in­clud­ing func­tions from the S-class. For the first time, the B-class is able to drive semi-au­tonomously in cer­tain sit­u­a­tions. To do so, it em­ploys im­proved cam­era and radar sys­tems to an­tic­i­pate the traf­fic up to 500 me­tres ahead while us­ing map and nav­i­ga­tion data for as­sis­tance func­tions.

Com­pared to its pre­de­ces­sor, the new B-class is, in all cases, pow­ered by new, ef­fi­cient en­gines, all of which com­ply with the lat­est Euro 6D-TEMP lim­its.

Mak­ing its de­but is a trans­verse-mounted ver­sion of a two-litre diesel with 147 and 188hp. Thanks to ex­tended ex­haust af­ter-treat­ment with an ad­di­tional un­der­floor cat­a­lyst, the B-class with this en­gine is the first com­pact model from Mercedes-benz to be cer­ti­fied in ac­cor­dance with the Euro 6d stan­dard, which will be­come manda­tory for new mod­els only from 2020.

Com­pared to its pre­de­ces­sor, the new B-class is, in all cases, pow­ered by new, ef­fi­cient en­gines

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