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Mercedes-Benz Australia has announced local pricing for its new third-generation B-Class hatch.
The new B-Class, unveiled at the Paris motor show in October last year, carries many of the improvements that have already arrived on the smaller A-Class hatch and will be available in just one trim level.
The sole variant – the $46,400 (MSRP) B180 Sports Tourer – is powered by a 1.3-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine producing 100kW/200Nm, driving the front wheels only via a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. It carries an official/combined fuel consumption number of 5.7L/100km.
The B-Class is third car in Benz's range to receive the “widescreen cockpit” dual-10.25-inch multimedia displays with the latest 'MBUX' software which supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, DAB+ digital radio, built-in sat-nav, a 225-watt nine speaker stereo system 17-inch alloy wheels, keyless entry & push-start, powered tailgate with motion activation, ‘Artico’ artificial leather full interior trim, auto park assist, and climate control.
The B180 Sports Tourer shares the same multi-drive mode selection as the A-Class and has paddle-shifters on the steering wheel as standard. Boot space for the new B-Class is rated at 455-litres with the seats up or 1540L with the seats down. Although it shares its underpinnings with the latest A-Class hatch, the new B-Class is 33mm wider inside and the driver sits 90mm higher.
On the safety front, the B180 scores the same active suite as the A-Class, including auto emergency braking (AEB – branded as ‘Active Brake Assist’), lane keep assist (LKAS) with lane departure warning (LDW), traffic sign recognition (TSR) and blind spot monitoring (BSM). Front and rear parking sensors as well as a reversing camera are also standard.
The $46,400 pricetag puts the new B-Class at $3300 more than the outgoing model, but still undercuts its primary competition, the BMW 2-Series Active Tourer, by $3500.
B180 Sports Tourer - $46,400