2012 Mercedes-Benz B-Class: official details revealed

Article by Christian Andrei, on July 4, 2011

The Mercedes-Benz B-Class will soon be available with a dedicated eco version of its actual engine. It will come with four-wheel drive. The future models will be offered with a range of alternatively powered engines. In addition, the car’s chassis received some modifications.

It doesn’t anymore have sandwich architecture, permitting the engineers to lower its center of gravity by up to 30 mm. The Mercedes-Benz B-Class will be much sportier but it will still offer the same comforts.

In the space between the floor and the under tray, the carmaker has put in a new “energy storing space.” This is typically used for the storage of batteries, natural gas tanks and fuel cells.

The hydrogen and hybrid variants, which are intended for 2013/2014, will get this new feature. The new B-Klasse will be fitted with a multi-link rear suspension that’s meant to hold the four-wheel drive, 4matic models that would be offered on more powerful models also on AMG models.

Mercedes is thinking about taking advantage of its alliance with Renault to create a lineup of three cylinder engines so that it could have the most efficient range possible.

This new powerplant is a direct injection 1.6 litre turbo, and it will be offered in two versions that will deliver 123 hp or 154 hp. The carmaker focused on the torque that the engine will have at the lowest revs. This is why peak shove is able to attain an incredibly low 1,250 rpm.

The Mercedes-Benz B-Class follows the footsteps of the German automaker’s sports cars in offering a lot of space and an impressive performance.

The front and rear have the classic sports tourer design that highlights width. The front features the grille and headlamps that extend towards the sides. Meanwhile, the rear end has the two-piece tail lamp, expansive rear window, and a big tailgate that has a low loading sill.

Viewed from the side, you would further appreciate the athleticism of the car, as well as its aerodynamic features. The car’s bonnet connects seamlessly with the A-pillar in the same manner as the roof line falls into the beautiful roof spoiler. The roof has a swage line that makes the car look longer. The car also has distinctive wheel arches that form a contrast with the dynamic feature lines that you find beneath the belt line. The bottom edge of the B-Class has side skirts, and you will surely appreciate the exquisite design of the headlamps.

Don’t Let the Rear End Fool You

The new Mercedes-Benz B-Class has a very low drag coefficient at only 0.26, beating out all the other cars in its segment. Looking at the car, however, you would think that aerodynamics would be pulled down by the car’s big rear end. Well, not really.

As you would have guessed, the exterior design helps the car’s aerodynamics a lot. Plus, the automaker also put a lot of attention to other details such as the air flow surrounding the front wheels, the cooling air flow, the serrated wheel arch spoiler, and the underbody. These meticulously planned elements helped boost the car’s aerodynamic performance. Some of these innovative details now have a patent waiting in the wings. You can opt for the ECO Technology package, as well.

More Spacious

The new Mercedes-Benz B-Class sports a lower height. Measuring only 1,557 millimeters high, the new car’s body is much closer to the road than the previous model. The seat height is also 86 mm closer to the road, so that passengers could easily board.

Mercedes-Benz listened to customers and made the seats more upright and gave them more headroom. Without the sliding room, maximum headroom topped 1047 mm. The upright seats and the lowered floor at the rear also gave passengers more leg room at about 976 mm. All of these have made the B-Class the most spacious car in its class.

You could also select the EASY-VARIO-PLUS system as an add-on. The interior is reorganized so that you would have more space for bulky cargo. Some of the features that you could enjoy with the EASY-VARIO-PLUS system are the front seat backrest’s ability to fold forward and the 140-millimeter adjustment for the rear seats.

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