The B-Class has grown barely in measurementThird-generation five-seat MPV has been noticed testing forward of UK gross sales beginning in early 2019
Mercedes-Benz will reveal the fourth of as much as eight new compact fashions on the upcoming Paris motor present with the debut of its third-generation B-Class.
Spied right here present process a last spherical of checks forward of a deliberate begin to UK gross sales in early 2019, the five-seat MPV will be a part of the not too long ago launched fourth-generation A-Class hatchback in addition to commonplace and long-wheelbase variations of the brand new A-Class Saloon. These are a part of an expanded line-up that can even embrace second-generation variations of the CLA, CLA Taking pictures Brake and GLA, in addition to the brand new GLB, in showrooms by the top of subsequent 12 months.
The brand new B-Class, recognized underneath the inner codename W247, retains the one-box silhouette of its predecessors, however in a a lot smoother kind that displays Mercedes’ newest design lineage. The heavy structuring and taut surfacing evident within the sides of right this moment’s second-generation mannequin offers option to an easier and largely unadorned therapy.
The BMW 2 Collection Energetic Tourer rival additionally adopts the so-called ‘predator face’ of the A-Class, giving it larger visible affect on the entrance. On the rear, its tailgate is extra sharply angled than earlier than.
The prototype pictured right here signifies the brand new MPV will supply related practicality to the outdated B-Class, with equally sized door apertures and a low loading lip on the rear.
As with all of Mercedes’ newest compact fashions, the brand new B-Class relies round a closely re-engineered model of the MFA (Modular Entrance Structure) platform. It has been extensively reworked to supply larger ranges of rigidity than the prevailing construction, in a transfer a supply on the German model’s R&D centre urged will present the automobile with “vastly improved trip and refinement”.
Mercedes’ preliminary plan was to provide the brand new B-Class in each commonplace and long-wheelbase guises as a way of matching the flexibility supplied by the five-seat 2 Collection Energetic Tourer and its bigger, seven-seat 2 Collection Gran Tourer sibling, however the determination to push forward with the GLB means the brand new MPV will as an alternative observe the instance of its predecessor.
Mercedes consumers searching for seven-seat compatibility within the compact class will probably be catered to by the brand new GLB, based on Autocar’s supply, who says it has an extended wheelbase than the B-Class. The brand new SUV, conceived to compete immediately towards the Audi Q3 and BMW X1, is deliberate to be offered in each 5 and seven-seat varieties.
Nonetheless, the brand new B-Class has grown, albeit incrementally, with minimal will increase over its predecessor, which is 4359mm lengthy, 1786mm huge and 1557mm tall.
Inside, the brand new MPV adopts the brand new digital cockpit and connectivity features of the A-Class, together with a high-definition instrument and infotainment panel and Mercedes’ new MBUX working system, which helps conversational voice instructions.
Enhancements in packaging are mentioned to have liberated added lodging, whereas the adoption of a newly developed torsion beam rear suspension is claimed to have led to a rise in boot area past the 488 litres of the outgoing mannequin.
The front-wheel-drive mannequin is about to go on sale with a restricted variety of transversely mounted four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines, though different choices, together with for the primary time a brand new plug-in hybrid powertrain, will probably be launched in the long term.
On the petrol facet, consumers ought to anticipate a B200 working a 161bhp 1.Three-litre engine and a B250 with a 222bhp 2.Zero-litre unit. The only real diesel at launch would be the B180d, which runs a 116bhp 1.5-litre engine.
Different fashions will observe all through 2019, together with an entry-level B160 and B220 petrol fashions, in addition to B200d and B220d diesels.
Gearbox decisions embrace a regular six-speed handbook, with consumers set to be supplied the selection of non-compulsory six-speed and nine-speed automated dual-clutch items relying on the engine. Each the B220 and B250 can even be offered with the selection of 4Matic four-wheel drive.
To counter gross sales of the BMW 225xe, Mercedes additionally plans to supply the brand new B-Class with a brand new plug-in hybrid system that’s set to supply it with an electric-only vary of as much as 31 miles. To be employed in a brand new B250e 4Matic mannequin, it makes use of the 161bhp 1.Three-litre four-cylinder engine from the B200 to energy the entrance wheels together with a 90bhp electrical motor driving the rear wheels.
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