NEXT B-CLASS FOR SA: Mercedes-Benz has upgraded its second-gen B-Class set to arrive in SA in 2015. Image: Mercedes-Benz
STUTTGART, Germany - Mercedes-Benz has spruced up its second-generation B-Class with a major facelift including exterior and interior tweaks.
The automaker says in terms of design and technology, the second-gen B-Class heralded a new compact class era at Mercedes-Benz and more than 350 000 units were sold since it launched in late 2011.
IMAGE GALLERY: 2014 Mercedes-Benz B-Class
There are four diesel engines, four petrol engines and two models with alternative drive systems, says the automaker and there’s also a B 180 and B 180 CDI BlueEfficiency model versions.
Mercedes-Benz South Africa says the new B-Class will arrive here during the first quarter of 2015. The local line-up will feature the B200, B250 AMG Line, B200 CDI and B220 CDI. SA will not receive the Electric Drive version.
The B-Class Electric Drive uses the B-Class's modular energy space body concept. Mercedes says the underbody houses the lithium-ion battery. As as result, the five-seat model has been able to retain the generously proportioned luggage compartment for which it is known.
Mercedes claims that with a Cd value of less than 0.25, the MPV continues to be the role model for its class.
Member of the divisional board Mercedes-Benz Cars responsible for marketing and sales, Ola Källenius, said: "As the first member of a completely new generation of compact class, for us the B-Class paved the way for great success in this vehicle segment. The pioneer is now in better shape than ever.
"The B-Class is the perfect (family) car for anyone who attaches importance to practicality, comfort and safety, but at the same time doesn't want to miss out on sportiness or driving dynamics."
New styling elements include a new bumper, wide radiator trim with two louvres and integrated daytime running lights in the headlights. The rear bumper has also been modified and features a contoured covering and additional chrome trim strip.
It also boasts new LEDs and Bicolour tail lights.
Inside the automaker has enhanced a number of high-quality details in the B-Class such as the large, free-standing head unit display and there’s a new stylish dial layout for the instrument cluster. There’s also a choice of 12 colours for the ambient lighting, allowing different moods to be created.