The new Mercedes B-Class stands out

stuttgart – Unique sporty proportions, versatile interior, modern drive technologies and the latest MBUX generation make the new Mercedes-Benz B-Class ready for all the small and big adventures of everyday life.

Progressive and confident exterior

At first glance, the updated front end catches the eye. The newly designed, optionally available LED headlights, the sporty bumper and the grille give the new B-Class a dynamic boost thanks to their smooth transition to the visually compact greenhouse. The Sports Tourer demonstrates its sporty aplomb with, among other things, externally recessed wheels with four additional rim designs in sizes up to 19 inches, including optional high-gloss black painted light alloy wheels in a multi-spoke design and with a shiny rim flange for the AMG line. But the rear view also expresses dynamism and power: the new two-part rear lights are now fitted with LED technology as standard and reinforce the impression of spaciousness at the rear. They are supported by the aerodynamic spoilers attached to the side of the rear window, which improve aerodynamics. The new B-Class is available in ten different solid/metallic or special paint finishes.

Interior between high-tech and sportiness

The interior of the new B-Class is perfectly practical and spacious. The driver’s side cutout is dominated by the dual-screen display (7-inch instrument cluster and 10.25-inch main unit), which is included as standard. In the optional variant with two 10.25 inch screens, a widescreen appearance is created through which the element appears to float. The three round turbine-shaped air vents, so typical of Mercedes-Benz, are a tribute to the world of aviation. The redesigned center console conveys the high-tech aspirations of the new B-Class through its Black Panel look, while the new steering wheel of the latest generation of steering wheels comes as standard in Nappa leather. A heated steering wheel is also available as an option in the AMG equipment variant for the first time.

An attractive range of interior colors and materials allows for a high degree of personalization. In the basic variant, the seats have been further improved with their three-dimensional relief ARTICO upholstery and the best ergonomic comfort. The “Progressive” equipment variant offers the characteristic Mercedes exclusivity in the colors black, black/macchiato and the new black/sage grey. The seats in this case can also be upgraded to black or bahia brown leather seats. The newly developed trim element with star pattern creates an exciting highlight in the interior. The AMG Line is the sportiest version of the new B-Class, with black ARTICO/MICROCUT interior and red contrast stitching.

In its Ambition 2039, Mercedes-Benz has set itself the goal of launching a CO₂-neutral fleet of new passenger cars and vans from 2039 across the entire value chain and life cycle. The objective is to at least halve the CO2 emissions per passenger car of the new vehicle fleet over the entire life cycle compared to 2020 by the end of this decade. One measure is the use of recycled materials. For this reason, the composition of all materials to be used was also reconsidered in the design of the new B-Class and possibilities for more sustainable alternatives were examined. Comfort seats feature fabrics in the center section made from 100% recycled materials. In the case of ARTICO/MICROCUT seats, this proportion is 65% in the surface of the seat and 85% in the material underneath.

Class B

Significantly improved equipment

Mercedes-Benz has once again clarified the logic of the various equipment packages in order to simplify the tedious selection of numerous individual options. Based on actual buyer behavior, features that are often purchased together will therefore now be grouped together. Other functional options are also available. When it comes to design options such as paint finish, upholstery, trim and wheels, customers can still configure their vehicles individually as before.

Concretely, this means that even the basic version of the new B-Class has been significantly improved: a reversing camera, multimedia screens, the USB package and the nappa leather steering wheel are included with immediate effect. From the Progressive equipment variant, the basic equipment includes LED headlights, a seat with lumbar support, the parking package, the mirror package and the tailgate Easy Pack.

Infotainment and assistance

All three display styles have been redesigned for the latest MBUX generation in the B-Class: Classic provides all driver-relevant information, Sporty impresses with a dynamic rev counter and Discreet has been stripped down to display minimal content. With three modes (Navigation, Assistance, Services) and seven color worlds, this creates a holistic and aesthetic experience that can be personalized to your wishes and situation. The central screen offers all the previous functions such as navigation, media, telephone, vehicle, etc. and can be used directly and comfortably as a touch screen.

The telematics system has been revised and impresses with its new design and improved performance. Another novelty is the integration of a fingerprint sensor (which should be available from the 1st quarter of 2023) for the identification and authorization of the driver. Of course, smartphone connectivity via Apple Carplay or Android Auto Wireless is a given, while for additional connectivity another USB-C port has been added and USB charging power has been increased further.

The Hey Mercedes voice assistant becomes even more capable of dialogue and learning in the new B-Class. For example, certain actions can also be triggered without the activation term “Hey Mercedes”. The MBUX voice assistant can also explain and support vehicle functions, for example when finding the first aid kit or connecting the smartphone to the vehicle.

The new “Tourguide” audio travel guide, integrated into the Mercedes me “MBUX Voice Assistant”[1], makes the previous travel information functions even more interesting and entertaining. Initially available exclusively in Germany, the MBUX infotainment system reads detailed information about points of interest along the driving route in response to the voice command “Hey Mercedes, start Tourguide” and reacts to around 3400 traffic signs. brown tourist information along German autobahns, among other things.

The new B-Class also received an update in terms of safety assistance. With the driver assistance package upgrade, for example, controlling the lane keeping assistant is much more comfortable using active steering control. The optional trailer maneuvering assistant automatically regulates the steering angle of the towing vehicle, making reversing maneuvers with the new B-Class a more confident and relaxed process.

Class B

Electrified drives everywhere

The range of petrol engines of the new B-Class has also been updated and systematically electrified. With an additional 48 volt on-board power supply and a power increase of 10 kW, the start functions, in particular, are supported. For customers of the new B-Class, the belt-driven starter-alternator (RSG) also noticeably improves comfort: it reduces noise and vibrations during starting procedures compared to conventional starters and allows you to “navigate” with the combustion engine off during regular cruising. In addition, the RSG recovers during braking processes and thus supplies the 12 volt on-board network as well as the 48 volt battery. The energy thus generated can be used during acceleration processes to support the combustion engine.

Plug-in hybrid with more power

The plug-in hybrids of the new B-Class (Mercedes-Benz B 250 e, weighted combined fuel consumption (WLTP) 1.2-0.9 l/100 km, weighted combined electricity consumption (WLTP) 17.4-15 .4 kWh/100 km, CO₂ emissions combined, weighted (WLTP) 27-20g/km)[2]. benefit from a further improved high-voltage battery. The charging process has also been optimized: in addition to the standard 3.7 kW, the improved battery can now also be charged with alternating current and up to 11 kW, instead of only 7.4 kW as before. In addition, customers still have the option of charging the battery with direct current and up to 22 kW. DC charging from 10% to 80% takes about 25 minutes – easy and simple charging experience, especially in daily life. The electric motor of the new B-Class has also been revised and reaches 80 kW of power after the update, an increase of 5 kW.

Thanks to the differentiated assessment of the different driving phases, the newly introduced ECO Score 3.0 for certain engines also motivates the driver to drive more fuel-efficiently.

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