Next-gen Mercedes-Benz B-Class based on ground-breaking new technology

Article by Christian Andrei, on October 21, 2010

According to the latest reports from Autocar, it appears that Mercedes-Benz will shake up the small car segment when it will launch the revamped B-Class, as the new car is based on ground-breaking new technology.

Furthermore, according to the head of development for the A and B-class and Smart families, Jorg Prigl, the new MFA (Mercedes Front-drive Architecture) platform which will be used by the forthcoming car is so advanced that it could be the subject of a patent.

The new platform also has room to fit a battery pack, fuel cell stack or even hydrogen & CNG tanks.

This means that we will see this platform being used by many models developed by Mercedes-Benz. Some inside sources said that the MFA patent could be revealed on 29 January 2011.

Apparently, this is not any ordinary date… this marks the 125th anniversary of the Motorwagen patent obtained by Karl Benz, described as an automobile fuelled by gas.

The new automobile could be described as a car that can be “powered by petrol, diesel, natural gas, hydrogen and electricity”.

According to Gorden Wagener, global automotive design chief for Daimler, the new B-Class aims at loyal clients who want a car with high driving position. The MFA will also be seen on the small saloon previewed by the F800 Concept.

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