Three years after the launch of the second generation Mercedes-Benz B-Class, time has come for a major facelift of the MPV-style compact model (C-segment, lower medium category), or "sports tourer" as defined by the German brand, with exterior and interior enhancements, new design and equipment lines as well as several power variants.
Before the world première at the Paris Motor Show (4 to 19 October 2014), orders started last week, with deliveries to dealerships from 29 November.
Engines and prices
The 2015 (model year) Mercedes-Benz B-Class is available with five diesel and five petrol (gasoline) engine variants, in addition to two alternative drive systems (B 200 Natural Gas Drive and B-Class Electric Drive) and optional 4MATIC all-wheel drive.
With the new B 200 CDI 4MATIC, all-wheel drive now starts at around 130 g CO2/km instead of over 150 g CO2/km (B 220 4MATIC) as previously. In total there are now four models with all-wheel drive traction.
The B 200 Natural Gas Drive and the B-Class Electric Drive use the B-Class's modular Energy Space body concept. Its underbody houses one large and two smaller gas tanks and a 14-litre petrol tank (B 200 Natural Gas Drive) or the lithium-ion battery (B-Class Electric Drive).
Prices start from 27,103 euros for the B 180 (German specifications and prices, including 19% VAT). More price, engines, consumption and performance details can be found in the following pages: 1 – Diesel – 2 – Petrol / gasoline – 3 – Alternative drive systems.
From the launch of the 1st generation in 2005 to the end of 2013, Mercedes-Benz sold over one million B-Class units, with a "conquest ratio" of around 30 percent sold to customers coming from a different automotive brand.
Germany is the biggest market for the B-Class, followed by China. The current 2nd generation sales achieved over 350,000 units, since its launch three years ago...