Mercedes-Benz revealed the new B-Class at the Paris Motor Show with new looks, a high-tech cabin, new driver aids and chassis tweaks. This model is expected to be launched in India next year with the choice of both petrol and diesel engines. Come let's take a look at the completely new model through these official pictures that let out all the specifications.
This is the third-generation of the B-Class that retains the MPV silhouette of its predecessor. However, it reflects the carmaker's new design language in its smoother form.
Dimensions point out that it’s longer (4,359mm), wider (1,786mm) and taller (1,557mm) than its outgoing model. It has a wheelbase of 2,929mm and a reduced drag coefficient of 0.24.
Up front, the 'predator face' as seen on the A-Class is prominent with a short overhang. Then, there are multi beam LED headlamps from the A-Class as well.
Two-part tail lamps accentuate the new styling at the back with reflectors integrated in the bumper. Its bottom section in black gets a chrome strip and the diffuser look gives it a sporty appearance.
The interior draws design cues from the new A-Class, but here the instrument panel is divided into two. The size varies according to the trim with optional head-up display on offer too.
Interestingly, this is only the second Mercedes, after the A-Class, to feature the latest MBUX multimedia system. This includes touch, voice and gesture control, and Mercedes Me connectivity.
A long list of optional driver assistance and safety systems are included, which were first seen on the S-Class. They will allow it to drive semi-autonomously in certain situations.
Delving deeper into the details, Mercedes says the car’s suspension was developed to retain the agility of its predecessor while also adding comfort.
The suspension set-up uses MacPherson struts on the front and a twist-beam rear axle as standard, with electronic damper tuning among several options.
Engine and gearbox options will be confirmed soon with a range of petrol and diesel options mated to either an eight- or seven-speed transmission set-up.