The B-Class is heralding a new era in the
Stuttgart - Substantially more agile and
efficient, but as comfortable and spacious as ever – the new B-Class
from Mercedes-Benz is a winner on all fronts. The vehicle's lower height
and more upright seat position provide for a first impression that hints
at the compact sports tourer's dynamic credentials.
The second generation of the B-Class car
heralds a new compact class era at Mercedes-Benz in terms of both design
and technology. The entire drive programme is completely new:
four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines with direct injection and
turbocharging, dual clutch transmission and manual transmission. Several
new assistance systems support the driver.
"No model change in the history of
Mercedes-Benz has ever seen so many new developments introduced
in one fell swoop," stresses Prof. Dr. Thomas Weber, Member of
the Board of Management, responsible for Group Research and
Mercedes-Benz Cars Development. "Future B-Class customers will
benefit from this quantum leap in terms of exemplary low fuel
consumption and CO2 emissions combined with driving pleasure,
plenty of space and the highest standard of safety that has ever
been available in this class."
The fuel consumption of the new B-Class
undercuts its predecessor by up to 21 percent. All the engines have been
developed in-house. Both diesel models (B 180 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY and B
200 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY) now run on 4.4 litres per 100 km (114 and 115 g
CO2/km respectively ) – their predecessors required 5.2 litres per 100
km. The B 180 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY attains a CO2 value of 115 g/km with
automatic transmission – an improvement of 21 percent on its predecessor
(146 g/km). The petrol-engine variants have also made great strides:
despite a substantial improvement in performance, the B 180
BlueEFFICIENCY and B 200 BlueEFFICIENCY now run on 5.9 litres per 100 km
(137 and 138 g CO2/km respectively), undercutting their predecessors by
up to twelve percent.
The new B-Class (length/width/height:
4359/1786/1557 millimetres) will be making its way to European dealers
in November 2011.