Brabus upgrades the 2012 Mercedes-Benz B-Class

Article by Christian Andrei, on February 15, 2012

Brabus is offering several upgrade packages for the redesigned Mercedes-Benz B-Class that has only started to be released in Europe. Brabus, which is a prominent tuning firm for the brand, has announced these packages even as it has yet to finish its engine modifications for this new compact people mover.

Brabus is offering an aero body kit that has a front spoiler and rear apron with integral diffuser, shrouding a stainless-steel exhaust system with quad chrome tailpipes. Ride height is lower by 1.2 inches, made possible with a set of sport springs.

It comes with a choice of five wheel designs, in sizes from 17-19 inches, and with performance rubber from Continental, Pirelli or Yokohama.

Its interior tweaks include bi-color stainless-steel scuff plates, aluminum door lock pins, custom leather upholstery and different entertainment and multimedia systems. Brabus’ Eco PowerXtra performance kits for the B-Class gasoline and diesel engines will start being available later this year.

"BRABUS gladly fulfills even more extravagant wishes in the company upholstery shop. Whether it is the completion of the leather equipment available ex-factory or the creation of an exclusive ambiance in any imaginable color: The BRABUS specialists transform the interior of the Mercedes B-Class into an exclusive lounge on wheels – by request also with multimedia equipment including an iPad." said the press release.

It’s highly impressive how Brabus was able to focus on the refined attributes of the new Mercedes B-Class and fuse them with outstanding dynamics and the practicality of generous space. Its designation as a sports tourer is indicated by its visual width as highlighted by the unique designs of its front and rear ends. For instance, the front end is defined by a wide grille flanked by headlamps extending to the sides while the rear is marked by a wide rear window, a large tailgate with low loading sill as well as by two-piece taillights. The new spotlight element on the car’s elegantly designed headlamps boost its premium looks.

The sporty nature of the new Mercedes B-Class is also evident when it is viewed from the sides. Starting from the front, we can see the car’s bonnet flowing smoothly into the A-pillar. Then, the car’s roof line drops at an angle to its roof spoiler. The length of the new B-Class is further emphasized by a swage line on the roof while dynamic side skirts on the bottom end of the body provides a sense of lightness to its overall looks. While the new Mercedes B-Class comes with pronounced wheel arches, these are offset by dynamic feature lines located just below the beltline.

As expected, the new Mercedes B-Class comes with a station wagon rear end. But despite this, it is a very aerodynamic work of science and art. Its exterior has been made more aerodynamic thanks to efforts by Mercedes to optimize air flow around the front wheels, the cooling air flow and the underbody design. It also has a serrated wheel arch spoiler, a detail that Mercedes has filed a patent for. As a result, the model features a splendid coefficient of drag value of 0.26 Cd. This could be further improved with the optional ECO Technology package that lowers the coefficient of drag value to 0.24 Cd, similar to that of the E-Class Coupé.

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