Merc’s family favourite ads S-Class style
More agile, dynamic and roomier than ever, Mercedes-Benz’ chic new B-Class Sports Tourer now puts the emphasis on sport thanks to more efficient, cleaner burning engines, a new eight-speed dual-clutch transmission and starship levels of technology.
Boasting a comfortable avant-garde cabin packed with premium tech carried over from the S Class and dominated by top drawer instrumentation and groundbreaking adaptive MBUX multimedia with Hey Mercedes and Augmented Reality tech, new B also gets state-of-the-art active driving assistance measures previously reserved for luxury class cars.
Sleeker and more aerodynamic than before, optional Multibeam LED headlamps bring signature daytime running lights, while inside, improved seat geometry and lower belt line make for an even more generous feeling of space. A 90mm higher driving position than in an A-Class and minimised roof pillars make for a commanding all-round view out too.
Efficient new engines include a transverse-mounted 110kW 220Nm OM 654 two-litre turbodiesel B200d with stepped-bowl combustion and an aluminium crankcase turning a 7-speed 7G-DCT. The other launch engine is a 120kW 250Nm 1.33-litre M 282 turbo petrol four-pot in the B200 with cylinder management, a delta cylinder head and particulate filter and an eight-speed 8G-DCT dual-clutch auto. Other engines including a 140kW turbodiesel and 4MATIC AWD will follow.
B-Class integrates Active Distance, Lane Change, Emergency Stop and Brake Assistants among others help mitigate avoidable incidents over myriad driver situations, while a stiffer ultra-high-strength steel shell, all the airbags and the rest ensure top drawer safety too.
But new A-Class is all about that cabin, which is dominated by dual-split 10.25-inch screens backed up by an optional head-up display atop five airplane-inspired turbine-look round air vents with colour-accentuated surrounds and 64-colour ambience lighting in ten to tweak A-Class’ evening ambience to suit any mood.
Flatter, more adjustable and more comfortable seats mean more headroom, width and elbow room while optional energising multi-contour pews add climate control and a massage function. A variable 40:20:40 split backrest rear bench sits ahead of an optimised and more efficient boot to accommodate up to 1540 litres with the rear seats folded down flat, while an optional Easy-Pack tailgate opens or closes at the touch of a button or by the gesticulation of your foot.
But the real star of the B-Class cabin show is without doubt that new era Mercedes-Benz User Experience multimedia with Mercedes me Connectivity and Artificial Intelligence as the system learns and adapts to its user to establish an emotional link between B, its driver and passengers. Say, “Hey Mercedes,” and the car will respond or prompt you to continue through further voice commands, integrated touching the screen, centre console touchpad or optional steering wheel touch controls.
Set to bring the best of high tech to the everyday family driving, the new B-Class is backed by a 2-year unlimited warranty and 5-year 100 000km service plan at indicated intervals and is waiting to meet you and the family at your local Mercedes-Benz dealership now.
Mercedes-Benz B-Class Pricing