The third-generation Mercedes-Benz has been revealed at the Paris Motor Show, boasting a new design, more advanced cabin and (on some models) a fresh eight-speed dual-clutch transmission.
The Stuttgart-based brand says many of the driving assistance systems available in the new B-Class have been carried over from the S-Class. In addition, the interior is now more spacious, while the engines are “more efficient and cleaner”.
The new model’s wheelbase measures 2 729 mm, while the roofline has been “slightly lowered” (which Mercedes says contributes to a “best-in-class airflow due to the smaller end face of the car”). Wheel sizes range from 16 to 19 inches.
Inside, the driver sits 90 mm higher than in an A-Class, a model that donates some of its interior architecture. You’ll notice the free-standing display unit, which comes in three different versions: with two seven-inch displays; one seven- and one 10,25-inch display; and, in the widescreen version, with two 10,25-inch displays. The MBUX (Mercedes-Benz User Experience) multimedia system is also offered.
The centre console, meanwhile, boasts a touch-based control and input system, and comes with a black panel look similar to that of the E-Class. Mercedes says the seats offer a flatter and more comfortable position as well as a larger adjustment range than before.
The rear seat backrest comes standard with a 40:20:40 split, while there are plans to offer (from mid-2019) an option for the rear seats to slide some 140 mm and for the backrest to be folded into a steeper position to vary the capacity of the luggage compartment between 455 and 705 litres.
In terms of engines, a transverse-mounted version of the brand’s 2,0-litre diesel will be offered in 110 kW/320 N.m (B200d) and 140 kW/400 N.m (B220d) outputs. A 1,5-litre oil-burner (as used in the A-Class) will also be available, with up to 85 kW/260 N.m (B180d). Two four-cylinder petrol engines with 1,33-litre displacement will also form part of the range, offered in 100 kW/200 N.m (B180) and 120 kW/250 N.m (B200) forms.
All versions of the new B-Class will feature McPherson struts and forged-aluminium wishbones up front, while entry-level models will come with a twist-beam rear axle. More powerful engine variants (or models with optional suspension systems) gain a four-link axle at the rear.
*From the October 2018 issue of CAR magazine