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Mercedes-Benz B-Class [2012-2015]

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Discontinued
Last recorded price : 23.11 - 30.49 Lakhs
Mercedes-Benz has discontinued the B-Class [2012-2015] and the car is out of production.

Mercedes-Benz B-Class [2012-2015] Review

The new B-class shines bright as the three pointed star tries to regain the lost ground. We take this soon to be launched car for a spin.

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Introduction

Mercedes seems to have woken up from its slumber both as far as its international product portfolio goes and its product offering in India. The new B-class is the first of five vehicles, which will be launched based on its new compact front-wheel drive architecture and will include the A-class, the CLA sedan, the GLA SUV and the coupe as shown in one of its recent concepts. And, the big news is that all these vehicles will form the backbone of the Mercedes volumes in India as they are launched over the next three years.

 

The looks

The B is a spacious 5-seater, which reeks of quality and technology, much like the Mercs of yore. Although, it's meant to have a van-like practicality, the car has been tastefully designed with an appealing front and sculpted sides. Large wheels and a sloping roof-line give it pleasing if not outrightly attractive.

 

The drivetrain

First to be launched in India will be the petrol variants, the B180 and the B200, powered by  turbocharged, direct injection 1595cc, all aluminium, 4-cylinder engines with double overhead cams operating 16 valves. They will be in different states of tune for the two variants with different power and torque curves. While there will be an option of a manual and a new 7-speed dual clutch transmission, in India we will get the automatic.

The engine on the B200 we drive was a scorcher - one of the best 1.6-litre petrol powerplants I have experienced. Producing maximum power of 156bhp from such a small engines may be one of the joys of direct injection and turbocharging, but the miracle of the two is that peak torque of 250Nm comes in at a low 1250rpm and is maintained all the way through to 4000rpm. This is evident in the way the car drives, effortlessly cruising at 120kmph in 7th gear with just over 2000 revs on the tacho. 

The drive

The car retains the basic characteristics of Mercedes cars but it is much sportier than its bigger siblings to drive. Despite its high stance, it handles really well, thanks partly to a stiffish suspension and large alloys, but the ride quality needs to be better for it to work well on Indian roads. Ride is something Mercedes cars have mastered the art of and no doubt there will be some changes to the set-up for India.

 

The interior

While the performance is impressive, what is mind blowing are the interiors, both in terms of quality as well as the equipment they pack.

The B-class is again the first of the Mercs with a redone interior layout and I must say that it looks absolutely classy with great attention paid to the minutest details. The metal used in the inserts and on the circumference of the vents is aluminium polished in a satin-finish and looks totally high class.

Not to forget that the car also features a next generation multimedia system with lots of new features and options along with the latest of Mercedes safety and assistance technologies.

 

Verdict

 The B-class may be dubbed a sports-tourer by its maker, but it’s in effect a cross between a small car and an MPV. So, while the overall shape may not be exciting, it gets many of the plus points of an MPV. There is a large boot under the rear parcel sheet, there is also a sense of space in the cabin and one sits comfortably and higher up than in a sedan — more like in an SUV. Besides, this is the first car to adopt Mercedes' new front-wheel drive architecture and next-gen interiors, both are a big step forward. However, one is left wondering how much demand there would be for a premium utilitarian vehicle in a market like India.

 

 

 

Mercedes-Benz B 200

Engine             4-cyl, 16 valves,  1595cc

Max power       156bhp@5000rpm

Max torque      250Nm@1250-4000rpm

Gearbox          7-speed DCT

Wheelbase (mm) 2699

LxWxH (mm)   4359x1786x1557

Top Speed      220kmph

0-100kmph     8.4s

Price               Rs 25 lakh est

 


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Mercedes-Benz B-Class [2012-2015] Colours

B-Class [2012-2015] is available/sold in the following colours in India.

  • Jupiter Red
  • Cirrus White
  • Polar Silver Metallic
* Colours shown are indicative and may vary slightly from actual car colours.

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Mercedes-Benz B-Class [2012-2015] User Reviews

Very nice car, VERY bad SERVICE BACKUP

for Mercedes-Benz B-Class [2012-2015] on 02-Oct-2014 by Aamish Dhingra

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for Mercedes-Benz B-Class [2012-2015] on 17-Jun-2014 by Prasad

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Stand Out of the Crowd

for Mercedes-Benz B-Class [2012-2015] on 03-Feb-2013 by Vinay_Merc

Exterior Plain Looks otherwise, but the lighting makes it class-apart Interior (Features, Space & Comfort) Out of the world quality - As expected of a Mercedes. All imaginable...

Nice hatchback with SUV feeling

for Mercedes-Benz B-Class [2012-2015] on 06-Oct-2012 by Damodar

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