Mercedes-Benz has revealed its third-generation B-Class five-seat multi-purpose vehicle (MPV) at the Paris motor show this week, showcasing a new look and a strong injection of comfort and safety technologies.
The new model debuts a 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel engine, however it is expected that Mercedes' local wing will only offer the 1.3-litre turbocharged petrol engine – shared with its A-Class stablemate – when the vehicle arrives Down Under.
Following customer feedback, the latest iteration features a stiffer and more refined architecture for improved handling and ride comfort, and has been given extra legroom by way of 30mm stretched wheelbase to 2799mm.
A restyled exterior and lower roof line has translated to a sportier-looking and more aerodynamic body, and the inside has been modernised with the brand’s high-tech Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX) infotainment package.
Stylised graphics and all the latest connectivity tech are featured within the MBUX system, which is displayed on either two 7.0-inch screens on base variants or two 10.25-inch displays on higher grade units.
The interior also boasts Benz' iconic round air vents, which glow in various colours as part of the vehicle's ambient lighting system.
Optional driver assistance tech has filtered down from the S-Class, including semi-autonomous driving and active cruise control that is enhanced with maps and navigation data.
Active lane assist and a semi-autonomous lane changing feature is also onboard.
While local timing has yet to be confirmed, the new-generation B-Class will go on sale in Europe from December with five powertrains available.
Locally, we expect the car will be available with the 120kW/250Nm 1.3-litre turbocharged petrol engine matched with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
Overseas, however, the car will also be offered with a 165kW tune for the petrol engine as well as a 2.0-litre diesel engine in 110kW B200d and 140kW B220d guise.
A plug-in hybrid electric variant will also be made available following Mercedes' commitment to launch an electrified vehicle in all of its model ranges, however that is unlikely for Australia.
As small and medium SUVs continue to gain popularity, B-Class sales this year are down 23.1 per cent, to 626 units.
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