2015 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Facelift prepares for 2014 Paris Motor Show

Article by Christian Andrei, on September 14, 2014

Besides the 2015 CLA, Mercedes-Benz also unveiled the 2015 B-Class Facelift, an updated version of its well-known sports tourer. The 2015 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Facelift has a starting price of 27,102 euros (B180) and can be easily recognized thanks to the redesigned front bumper, the wide radiator trim featuring two louvres, as well as thanks to the new headlamps with integrated LED daytime running lights.

At the rear, we find new LED High Performance headlamps available as an option (not on the B-Class Electric Drive or Natural Gas Drive) and a new bumper fitted with a contoured covering and an additional chrome strip. Inside, the vehicle can be fitted with a new 8-inch head unit display and gets a new ambient lightning system offering 12 colours.

Keyless-Go is available as an option too. For the 2015MY, the B-Class is offered with three new design and equipment lines - Style, Urban and AMG Line - but also with the Night, Exclusive and AMG Exclusive packages.

The Style Line includes light-alloy wheels, a radiator trim with two louvres painted in iridium silver with chrome inserts, seats wrapped in Vianen upholstery fabric, trim with a line pattern, and selected elements in silver chrome.

Urban Line arrives with the radiator trim with two louvres painted in iridium silver and chrome inserts, 17-inch 5-spoke light-alloy wheels and a twin-pipe exhaust system that comes integrated into the bumper with chrome-look tailpipe. The interior offers seats featuring Arctico man-made leather/Montfort fabric and a multifunction steering wheel wrapped in leather. Other details include topstitching, silver chrome highlights and sail pattern trim.

The AMG Line adds an AMG bodystyling, a radiator trim with two louvres painted in iridium silver and chrome inserts, as well as a two-pipe exhaust system integrated into the rear bumper with chrome look tailpipe trim. In addition, there is a lowered comfort suspension with Sports Direct-Steer system as well as 18-inch 5-twin-spoke AMG light-alloy wheels, perforated brake discs at the front and new brake calipers featuring the Mercedes-Benz lettering. The interior gets a flat-bottomed steering wheel wrapped in leather, seats in Arctico man-made leather/Dinamica microfiber, a gear lever with perforated leather, red contrasting topstitching on the door armrests, centre console, seats and gear lever. Brushed stainless steel pedals complete the sporty design.

The Night Package offers selected design elements in black and includes a radiator trim with two high-gloss black louvres and chrome inserts, 18-inch high-sheen light-alloy wheels, exterior mirror housing and shoulderline trim. Another highlight is the dark-tinted glass from the B-pillar to the rear.

The Exclusive Package adds heated front seats with 4-way lumbar support, multifunction steering wheel and gear lever covered with leather, instrument panel and door centre panel trimmed with Arctico man-made leather. Moreover, the seats are available in cranberry red, hazelnut brown and black. In addition, the Exclusive Package also adds silver chrome design elements.

The AMG Exclusive Package offers heated seats with 4-way lumbar support, black Red Cut leather upholstery with red contrasting topstitching, instrument panel and door centre panels trimmed with Arctico man-made leather, as well as a flat-bottomed steering wheel and leather gearshift wrapped in leather.

Powertrain

When it comes to engines, the 2015 B-Class Facelift offers plenty of options. The 2015 Mercedes-Benz B160 CDI is priced at 27,905 euros and is powered by a 1.5-liter four-cylinder in-line diesel engine that delivers 90 hp (66 kW) and 240 Nm of torque. As a result, it accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 14.0 seconds, a top speed of 180 km/h or almost 112 mph. Fuel consumption is 4.1 l/100 km, while CO2 emissions are 108 g/km.

The 2015 Mercedes-Benz B180 CDI costs 28,857 euros and uses the same 1.5-liter diesel engine developing 109 hp (80 kW) and 260 Nm of torque. It accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 11.6 seconds, while offering a top speed of 190 km/h (118 mph). Fuel consumption is 3.6 l/100 km with CO2 emissions of 94 g/km.

The 2015 Mercedes-Benz B200 CDI comes with a price tag of 31,088 euros and a 2.2-liter four-cylinder in-line diesel engine that generates 136 hp and 300 Nm. This engine pushes the vehicle from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 9.9 seconds, while top speed is 220 km/h or 136 mph. Fuel consumption is 4.3 l/100 km.

The 2015 Mercedes-Benz B220 CDI costs 36,027 and is powered by the 2.2-liter diesel engine that develops 177 hp and 350 Nm of torque. As a result, it accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 8.3 seconds, while top speed is 224 km/h (139 mph). Fuel consumption is 4.1 l/100 km with CO2 emissions of 107 g/km.

If you want a model using a petrol engine, the 2015 Mercedes-Benz B180 (27,102 euros) comes with a 1.6-liter four-cylinder in-line engine that generates 122 hp (90 kW) and 200 Nm of torque. Acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) takes 9.3 seconds, while the top speed is limited at 200 km/h or 124 mph. Fuel consumption is 5.6 l/100 km.

The 2015 Mercedes-Benz B200 costs 29,036 and uses the same 1.6-liter petrol engine delivering 156 hp (115 kW) and 250 Nm of torque. Acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) takes 8.6 seconds, while top speed is increased to 220 km/h or 136 mph. Fuel consumption is 6.5 l/100 km with CO2 emissions of 151 g/km.

The AWD 2015 Mercedes-Benz B220 4Matic is priced at 33,647 euros and uses a 2.0-liter petrol engine that produces 184 hp (135 kW) and 300 Nm. This model accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 7.5 seconds, while top speed is 225 km/h or almost 140 mph. Fuel consumption is 6.5 l/100 km with CO2 emissions of 151 g/km.

The 2015 Mercedes-Benz B250 will be available from March 2015 with a price tag of 35,134 and will offer a 2.0-liter petrol engine delivering 211 hp (155 kW) and 350 Nm of torque. Acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) takes 6.8 seconds, while top speed is 240 km/h or 150 mph. Fuel consumption is 6.1 seconds with CO2 emissions of 141 g/km.

The 2015 Mercedes-Benz B200 Natural Gas Drive uses a 2.0-liter four-cylinder in-line engine that generates 156 hp and 270 Nm of torque. This model costs 32,903 euros and can take you from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 9.2 seconds, while top speed is 200 km/h or 124 mph.

Press Release

Mercedes-Benz B-Class Facelift

In terms of both design and technology, the second generation of the B-Class car has heralded a new compact class era at Mercedes-Benz. More than 350,000 of the sports tourer have been sold since the market launch in late 2011. Now the best-seller from Mercedes-Benz has undergone a major facelift including exterior and interior enhancements along with attractive, redefined design and equipment lines.

The breadth of choice is unique in this segment: five economical diesel models with consumption statistics ranging from 3.6 to 5.0 l/100 km, four efficient petrol engines at between 5.4 and 6.6 l/100 km, alternative drive systems (B 200 Natural Gas Drive and B-Class Electric Drive), as well as optional 4MATIC all-wheel drive. What is more, with a Cd value of less than 0.25 the sports tourer continues to be the role model for its class.

"As the first member of a completely new generation of compact class, for us the B-Class paved the way for great success in this vehicle segment. The pioneer is now in better shape than ever," says Ola Källenius, Member of the Divisional Board Mercedes-Benz Cars responsible for Marketing & Sales. "The B-Class is the perfect (family) car for anyone who attaches importance to practicality, comfort and safety, but at the same time doesn't want to miss out on sportiness or driving dynamics."

More light: LED High Performance headlamps now available

The easiest way to recognise a facelifted B-Class with a petrol or diesel engine is from the front: a new bumper, wide radiator trim with two louvres and now integral daytime running lamps in the headlamps give the vehicle a more organic and dynamic appearance. The rear bumper has also been modified and now features a contoured covering and an additional chrome trim strip. LED High Performance headlamps create a more striking look, both day and night (optional extra, not available for the B-Class Electric Drive or Natural Gas Drive). These increase safety at night due to their wide beam pattern and light of a colour similar to daylight. Bicolour tail lamps featuring LED technology provide emphasis and make the vehicle more visible.

A high-grade, functional interior underscores the B-Class's premium quality claim. The facelift gives the vehicle a more exclusive, up-to-date feel and boosts the scope for individualisation. Mercedes-Benz has enhanced a number of high-quality details in the B-Class such as the large, free-standing head unit display, which is now larger, with a diagonal of up to 20.3 cm (8 inches), and the stylish dial layout for the instrument cluster. There is a choice of 12 colours for the ambient lighting, allowing different moods to be created.

Mercedes-Benz has also revised the model range and aligned the logic to the other compact models. There are three new design and equipment lines: Style, Urban and AMG Line. Each features a number of distinctive exterior and interior details. The Night, Exclusive and AMG Exclusive packages build on these and provide more options for individualisation.

KEYLESS-GO is new as an optional extra. This access and drive authorisation system with KEYLESS-GO starting function allows the vehicle to be opened, started and locked simply by carrying the electronic key with you.

Safety: autonomous partial braking if the risk of a collision is detected

When it made its début, the B-Class redefined the standard of safety in the compact class with a variety of new driving assistance systems, some of them included as standard equipment. These functions have now been enhanced and new assistance systems added to give the driver more support. COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST PLUS extends the functionality of COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST with autonomous partial braking to reduce the risk of rear-end collisions. The standard ATTENTION ASSIST feature has also been upgraded: operating within an extended speed range (60 - 200 km/h), this now uses a five-stage bar display to visualise the driver's current attention level.

"Mercedes connect me" links the B-Class to its environment

Next-generation telematics offer more intuitive operation; functions are more accessible due to animated menus and visual representations on a larger display in the head unit.

"Mercedes connect me" links the B-Class to its environment. Basic Mercedes connect me services can be used with the standard communications module.

The available services include, among others, accident recovery, as well as service maintenance and incident management. In an accident, the Mercedes-Benz emergency call system automatically connects the occupants with the Mercedes-Benz Emergency Call Centre and sends the position and condition of the vehicle to the rescue operations centre. A rescue vehicle can then be dispatched immediately. The system works automatically but can also be triggered manually.

The special Remote Online equipment enables customers to connect with their vehicle anywhere and at any time via the URL "connect.mercedes.me" and to query by smartphone the fill level of their fuel tank, for example.

Mercedes connect me services are even more extensive for the B-Class Electric Drive: Via "connect.mercedes.me". The current charging level of the lithium-ion battery and current vehicle range can be queried comfortably from a distance. The range of Mercedes connect me services is rounded off by the ability (depending on the temperature) to preheat or precool the vehicle ready for a specified departure time.

COMAND Online customers are also able to receive real-time traffic information courtesy of Live Traffic Information.

A wide spectrum: petrol and diesel engines, all-wheel drive and alternative drive systems

In terms of efficiency, the new B-Class continues to set benchmarks with the best Cd value in its segment. The choice of efficient engines is extensive – four diesel engines, four petrol engines and two models with alternative drive systems. Also available are the B 180 and B 180 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY Editions.

Thanks to the new B 200 CDI 4MATIC, the pleasure of all-wheel drive and safety now start at around 130 g CO2/km instead of over 150 g CO2/km (B 220 4MATIC) as previously. In total there are now four models with all-wheel drive for improved traction, high driving stability and safe handling.

The B 200 Natural Gas Drive and the B-Class Electric Drive coming soon (sales release: 3 November) join the portfolio as two models with alternative drive systems. Both use the B-Class's modular ENERGY SPACE body concept: The underbody houses one large and two smaller gas tanks and a 14-litre petrol tank (B 200 Natural Gas Drive) or the lithium-ion battery (B-Class Electric Drive). Due to this intelligent packaging method, the five-seater model has been able to retain the generously proportioned luggage compartment for which it is known.

The model range: new product logic with three lines

As part of the facelift, Mercedes-Benz has revised the B-Class's model range and brought the model breakdown into line with the other compact models. There are three new design and equipment lines: Style, Urban and AMG Line. Each features plenty of distinctive exterior and interior details. The Night, Exclusive and AMG Exclusive packages build on these and provide more options for individualisation. New KEYLESS-GO functions simplify operation.

The Style equipment line underlines the B-Class's stylish appearance. Exterior characteristics include light-alloy wheels in an expressive design, radiator trim with two louvres painted in iridium silver with chrome inserts, and shoulderline trim strips in chrome. For the stylish interior there are seats with Vianen upholstery fabric, trim with a line pattern, and selected elements in silver chrome such as the moulding on the multifunction steering wheel, highlights on the gear lever, and the switches on the top control panel. Useful details like a double cup holder on the centre console and a 12V socket in the rear round off the high-quality feel.

The Urban equipment line emphasises the vehicle's sportiness both inside and out. The radiator trim with two louvres painted in iridium silver and chrome inserts, 43.2 cm (17-inch) 5-spoke light-alloy wheels, and a twin-pipe exhaust system integrated into the bumper with chrome-look tailpipe trim create a dynamic impression. In the interior the sporty character is on display with seats featuring upholstery in ARTICO man-made leather/Montfoort fabric and a leather multifunction steering wheel with perforated grip area. Details like contrasting topstitching, silver chrome highlights and sail pattern trim round off the high-quality feel.

The AMG Line augments the vehicle's sportiness and exclusivity. Powerful AMG bodystyling ensures a dynamic appearance along with the radiator trim, which has two louvres painted in iridium silver and chrome inserts, and the two-pipe exhaust system integrated into the bumper with chrome look tailpipe trim. A lowered comfort suspension with Sports Direct-Steer system improves handling and boosts driving enjoyment. 45.7 cm (18-inch) 5-twin-spoke AMG light-alloy wheels, perforated brake discs at the front, and brake callipers at the front with Mercedes-Benz lettering complete the striking exterior. Seats in ARTICO man-made leather/DINAMICA microfibre and the multifunction sports steering wheel with flattened bottom section, as well as a gear lever with perforated leather, add stylishly sporty elements in the interior. This equipment line also includes red contrasting topstitching on the door armrests, centre console, seats, and gear lever. Brushed stainless steel sports pedals with rubber studs are another highlight.

The Night package allows the exterior to be individualised further. It includes selected design elements in black. The radiator trim sports two high-gloss black louvres and chrome inserts. The 45.7 cm (18-inch) high-sheen light-alloy wheels, exterior mirror housing, and shoulderline trim strips also come in black. Dark-tinted glass from the B-pillar to the rear protects against prying eyes and simultaneously emphasises the sporty character.

Comfort, quality, and design are hallmarks of the Exclusive package. Highlights include heated front seats with 4-way lumbar support that, like the multifunction steering wheel and gear lever, are covered with high-quality leather. The instrument panel and door centre panel are trimmed with matching ARTICO man-made leather. Leather seats are available in the following expressive colours: cranberry red, hazelnut brown and black. Silver chrome design elements also help to create an exclusive ambience. Among the many other practical details are infrared convenience closing and a 12V socket in the rear.

Building on the AMG Line, the AMG Exclusive package offers even more exclusivity, individuality and sportiness. Features include heated seats with 4-way lumbar support where black RED CUT leather upholstery with red contrasting topstitching creates striking highlights. To match them, the instrument panel and door centre panels, as well as the armrests in the doors, are trimmed with ARTICO man-made leather and have red contrasting topstitching. The leather multifunction sports steering wheel with flattened bottom section and perforated grip area and the leather gearshift lever emphasise the sporty character.

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