The all-new 2019 Mercedes-Benz B-Class has been revealed at the Paris motor show bringing a modern look and more space along with the brand’s latest infotainment and safety technology.
Straight off the bat, the B-Class looks considerably sharper. Designers were tasked with making the car stand out from the world of minivans. To satisfy the brief, the B-Class has shorter overhangs, slightly lowered roofline and larger, 16- to 19-inch alloy wheels.
The new look has also improved the aerodynamic efficiency of the B-Class which now has a drag coefficient of 0.24, 0.1 lower than the old model. Additionally, engineers have reduced the wind noise thanks to extensive detail work.
Mercedes-Benz is quick to claim the new B-Class in “more practical than ever.” The wheelbase has been stretched to 2729mm to provide a greater level of comfort and depending on the configuration, the B-Class offers luggage capacity of between 455 and 705 litres behind the rear seats. With the rear seat folded flat, the luggage compartment can accommodate up to 1540 litres.
As with the new A-Class, the B-Class will come equipped with the MBUX (Mercedes-Benz User Experience) multimedia system which in premium guise is displayed on two 10.25-inch screens.
The new B-Class will come packing the latest driving assistance systems and functions carried over from the S-Class limo. Autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian and cyclist detection, active lane-change assist and emergency stop assist should be standard on Australian delivered cars.
At launch, European models will be available with a range of four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines, including a new 2.0-litre turbo-diesel tuned to produce either 110kW or 140kW.
B180 and B200 variants will get power from the new 1.3-litre turbo petrol that debuted in the new A-Class.
All models are equipped with a dual-clutch automatic transmission as standard, with the new 2.0-litre diesel debuting a new eight-speed dual-clutch automatic.
Australian specifications and pricing are yet to be announced, however, Mercedes-Benz has confirmed the B-Class is scheduled to arrive in local showrooms in mid-2019.
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