Mercedes-Benz said that the new B class that will make its debut at the Frankfurt auto show this September appears sleeker as it is lower than the existing version. Mercedes clams that the latest model will feature the most technology that the brand has ever offered in the launch of a new-generation car. In a statement, development chief Thomas Weber said, "No model change in the history of Mercedes-Benz has ever seen so many new developments introduced in one fell swoop.” The B class will come with an all-new engine series, including 1.6-liter, four-cylinder, gasoline direct-injection engines (known internally as M270) with 122 hp or 156 hp.
The car will also be available with a new four-cylinder turbodiesel taken from the OM651 units fitted in the larger models like the S class and C class. Its capacity was downsized to 1.8 liters. Mercedes offers two power options, either 109 hp or 136 hp. All the engines are equipped with fuel-saving stop-start systems and can be coupled with a new seven-speed dual-clutch transmission or a new six-speed manual transmission. In addition, the B class will have a radar-based collision warning system with braking assistance that lessens the risk of rear-end accidents.
Mercedes claims that this is the first model in its segment that will offer this system, which uses visual and acoustic warnings to alert a distracted driver to impending dangers and readies the brakes to make a precise reaction. This version also marks the first time that the PreSafe system from Mercedes is used on the model. It was in 2002 that the system was launched first in the S class. The latest B class has a height of 1557mm, making it 50mm lower than the existing car. So that entry would be easier, the seat height in relation to the road was reduced by 8mm. Mercedes said that the high front-seating position is retained since customers are fond of it. However, it was made more upright. The B class is the first model that’s based on the automaker’s new front-wheel drive MFA (modular front architecture) compact car platform. European dealerships will begin to receive the car this November. It isn’t likely to be made available in the U.S. market, where hatchbacks are not so well-received. Instead, Mercedes may offer coupe and SUV models built on the MFA underpinnings in the U.S.