2011 Frankfurt Auto ShowJust the Facts:
- The first official exterior shot of the redesigned B-Class has been leaked in Europe, ahead of the car's public debut at the Frankfurt auto show.
- The new B-Class will be sold in the U.S., beginning in 2012, in several body styles, including coupe, sedan and crossover.
- The redesigned B-Class goes on sale in November in Europe.
Mercedes itself has been releasing teaser shots of the car in advance of the Frankfurt show. Last month, the company told Edmunds.com that the new B-Class will be sold in the U.S., beginning in 2012, in several body styles, including coupe, sedan and crossover.
Mercedes said the new model will be lower than the current European B-Class, with a more aerodynamic shape. An optional sport package will drop ride height by another 0.8 inch and will bundle adjustable shocks with a variable-ratio direct-drive steering system.
For the European market, the new B-Class will offer a choice of four turbocharged direct-injection four-cylinder engines — two gasoline and two diesel. All will come with a standard stop/start system to maximize fuel economy.
The four-cylinder gas engines that power the B 180 and B 200 displace 1.6 liters. The base engine makes 121 horsepower and 148 pound-feet of torque, while the more powerful unit is rated at 154 hp and 184 lb-ft.
The four-cylinder common-rail turbodiesels displace 1.8 liters. The 180 CDI makes 107 hp and 184 lb-ft, while the B 200 CDI delivers 134 hp and 221 lb-ft.
Either engine can be mated with a six-speed manual gearbox or a new 7G-DCT dual-clutch automatic.
Eventually, Mercedes plans to offer a 156-hp 2.0-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine, and that is the most likely power source for the U.S. market. The company also has designed the B-Class to accommodate a variety of alternate power sources, including hybrid, electric and fuel cell.
The new B-Class offers one of the most comprehensive advanced-technology portfolios in the segment, including Adaptive Headlamp Assist, Blind Spot Assist/Lane Keeping Assist, Attention Assist, Speed Limit Assist, Active Parking Assist, Linguatronic, Distronic Plus, PreSafe and radar-based Collision Prevention Assist with Adaptive Brake Assist.
Edmunds.com says: The new B-Class looks considerably more traditional and conventional than the original B-Class.