A first look at Mercedes’ second-generation B-Class

Mercedes has unveiled the second generation of the B-Class, which will be available here from December, in time for January registrations.

Described as a ‘sports tourer,’ the B-Class sits comfortably within the Mercedes-Benz model range, between their compact A-Class and mainstream models, such as the C-Class and upwards.

The second generation of the car has received “a major facelift”, say Mercedes, with a revamped front end with new bumper, new wider radiator with star inset, new daylight running lights, and new LED high-performance headlamps.

The interior, too, has been upgraded, with a new, larger, freestanding head unit and new, stylish instrument cluster.

Various driving assistance systems, which have trickled down from S-Class and other frontline Mercedes-Benz models, are offered, some as standard and others as optional. Included are the attention assist and collision prevention-assist systems, both standard on models to be sold in Ireland.

The entry-level version has been significantly upgraded, thanks to a standard ‘Style’ pack that includes elegant radiator trim and extra chrome body detailing, enhanced upholstery and 10-spoke alloy wheels. Two other style and equipment lines will be available — Urban, and a sporty AMG version, plus other ‘personalisation’ options for those who want to craft a design to their own liking.

Customers in Ireland will have eight engines to choose from — four diesels and four petrols.

Here, the one likely to attract the most attention is the 1461cc, four-cylinder, B160 CDI Style with its rated output of 90bhp, 240Nm at 1700rpm, and a CO2 figure of 108, which translates into annual road tax of just €190. Given its higher level of specifications, this entry-level version is expected to cost €31,000 ex-works.

Next up will be a B180CDI Style, whose specifications are broadly similar, save for a higher top speed, slightly faster acceleration, higher power and better torque.

It is expected to cost €32,000.

The petrol line-up begins with a 1595cc, 4-cylinder, B180 Style, with 200kph top speed, and a 0-100 kph figure of 9.3 seconds.

Expected to cost €33,000, it has a CO2 rating of 129, which equates to annual road tax of €270.

In international markets, B-Class electric drive and natural gas drive versions form part of the model offering.

When available in RHD, it is expected that the electric-drive version will eventually be available here, and will cost €40,000 ex-works.

A first look at Mercedes’ second-generation B-Class


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