2011 Frankfurt Motor Show: 2012 Mercedes-Benz B-Class makes its appearance

Published by Andrew Christian @andrew4wheels Google+ | Wednesday September 14, 2011

2011 Frankfurt Motor Show: 2012 Mercedes-Benz B-Class makes its appearance

Mercedes-Benz has finally unveiled the new B-Class model at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show. The new model comes with a new four-cylinder petrol engine that features direct injection and turbocharging. It may also come with a new diesel engine, a new dual clutch transmission, a new manual transmission and new assistance systems. The modifications cover both the interior and exterior, making the new sports tourer appear like a totally reinvented vehicle.

When it comes to performance, its new four-cylinder petrol engines are initially offered with a displacement of 1.6 litres, including the B 180 that has an output of 122 hp/200Nm and the B 200 with 156 hp/250 Nm.

When it comes to the new four-cylinder diesel engines, buyers can choose between the B 180 CDI with 109 hp/250Nm or the B 200 CDI that offer 136 hp/300 Nm. Mercedes-Benz is also debuting the new 7G-DCT dual clutch transmission in the B-Class.

Meanwhile, the new 6-speed manual transmission is designed along similarly compact lines as a three-shaft transmission has a close relation to the DCT.

In addition, the chassis and suspension have been refined while the steering got redesigned. The new B-Class comes with a reduced height (1,557 mm) and an excellent drag coefficient (cd = 0.26).

Four equipment packages are available. These are: Chrome, Sports, Exclusive and Night. Mercedes-Benz enhanced its safety. The B-Class is equipped with a radar-based collision warning system with adaptive Brake Assist as standard, reducing the risk of rear-end collisions.

This is the first compact vehicle in the world to get the system. The new B-Class now also gets the PRE-SAFE preventive occupant protection system, the first vehicle in its category to get one.