The new Mercedes Benz B-Class, which will premiere at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show, will be in the UK in March 2012, benefiting from improved agility and efficiency.
Other new features a new four cylinder petrol engine with direct injection and turbocharging, a new diesel engine, a new dual clutch transmission, a new manual transmission and new assistance systems.
The new four cylinder petrol engines mark the launch of a completely new engine series. The combustion process is based on the third-generation Mercedes Benz direct injection system introduced in 2010 with the BlueDIRECT V6 and V8 engines. The new four cylinder engines in the new Mercedes Benz B-Class will initially be available with a displacement of 1.6 litres, the B1180 offers an output of 122hp and the B 200 has an output of 156hp. Maximum torque is 200 and 250Nm respectively at 1250rpm.
Meanwhile, the new four cylinder diesel engine has a scaled down displacement of 1.8 litres and is the first time that the compression-ignition engine has been mounted transversely in a Mercedes Benz. The B 180 CDI delivers 109hp and the B 200 generates 136hp. Maximum torque is 250Nm from 1400rpm for the 80kW variant and 300Nm from 1600rpm for the 100kW variant.
Premiering in the new Mercedes Benz B-Class is the new 7G-DCT dual clutch transmission. Featuring seven gears and an electric oil pump for start/stop capability, gear shifts can be completed without an loss in power whilst offering the comfort of an automatic with the efficiency of a manual transmission.
The new 6 speed manual transmission, a close relative of the DCT, benefits from easy gear shifting, low shift forces, low internal friction and a low weight.
Enhancements have been made to exterior lines, with the front and rear both emphasising the width of the new Mercedes Benz B-Class and a new wide, prominent grille and headlamps extend along the sides at the front and a new wide rear window features alongside single two piece tail lights and a large tailgate.
The new Mercedes Benz B-Class is some five centimetres lower than its predecessor, with a height of 1557mm, seat height in relation to the road has been reduced, ensuring ease of entry and exit of the vehicle, whilst the sitting position is now more upright - a direct result of customer requests. Maximum headroom is now 1047mm at the front and rear legroom is 976mm, more than is on offer in the Mercedes Benz S- and E-Class.
EASY-VARIO-PLUS is also available as an option for the new Mercedes Benz B-Class, which enables the interior to easily be rearranged for transporting bulky items. The rear seats are provided with fore/aft adjustment by up to 140mm which increases the luggage compartment from 488 to 666 litres and the front passenger seat's backrest can be folded forward onto the seat cushion.
The Mercedes Benz B-class benefits from internet access, the LINGUATRONIC voice control system, two navigation systems (tailored to different budgets), connection for two mobile auido devices and an operating concept featuring a turn/push control in front of the armrest and a familiar control knob on the head of the unit.
The COMAND Online multimedia system provides internet access whilst the car is stationary or use a Mercedes Benz app which benefits from fast page loading and simple operation which makes for simple operation whilst driving. Apps includes Google Local Search and Weather and a facility which enables the user to download a route previously configured on a PC using Google Maps.
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