It looks like Mercedes plans on revolutionizing the small and compact premium MPV class with the launch of their new Mercedes Benz B Class. The German carmaker has recently published the first official details about the upcoming model together with the first teaser photos.
Overall, the new B Class will be larger than the current generation, the only dimension where the car is smaller being the height. But this and the new body design means that the car will get the best aerodynamic coefficient in its class, 0.26. But that’s not all, because Mercedes Benz also promises a special package, called ECO Technology which will modify several important elements of the body kit, further decreasing the drag coefficient to 0.24. The versions equipped with this package will also get a decreased ride height, a redesigned floor that reduces drag to a minimum and the windows’ frames will allow a better air circulation around the car. If Mercedes isn’t exaggerating, this drag coefficient will be one of the best in the world, even better than the 0.25 coefficient of the Toyota Prius.
For those interested in a more sporty driving, Mercedes says the new B Class’ driving position will be lowered by 86 mm so the driver won’t feel like he’s driving a van anymore. A Sport package will come as an option and will include a 20 mm lowered ride height and a modified version of the Direct-Steer system. Another new interior feature will be the Easy Vario Plus special package available for the seats which allows the rear seats to be adjusted by 14 cm (5.5 inches).
Under the bonnet, the new B Class will be offered with turbocharged four-cylinder engines. The 1.6 liter petrol engine will deliver 122 hp and 200 Nm of torque (B 180), but will be available in a more powerful version that produces 156 hp and 250 Nm (B 200). As for the diesel fans, there will be the B 180 CDI model powered by a 109 hp and 250 Nm engine and the B 200 CDI with a 136 hp and 300 Nm engine. A top-of-the-range 2.0 liter engine is also planned but there were no details released about it.
All engines will come with the Start/Stop system as standard and customers will be able to choose between a six-speed manual transmission and Mercedes’ new seven-speed 7G-DCT double-clutch automatic transmission. This new automatic weights only 88 kilograms (194 pounds) and will soon equip other models in the Mercedes range. The gears will be selected through a lever on the steering wheel and the gearbox will have three operating modes: economical, sporty and manual.
The new Mercedes Benz B Class will debut this Fall at the Frankfurt Motor Show and the German carmaker also announced that, after market launch, they are also considering electric, hybrid and hydrogen powertrains for the vehicle, so the future sounds pretty good.