Mercedes B-Class

Mercedes B-Class

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The Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive is very different from the norm for Mercedes. Instead of the big V-8s featured across the network, this little car hums along silently on batteries driving its front wheels. It will be the first all-electric vehicle from Mercedes-Benz, and the first of any B-Class to cross the pond. This matches the latest company strategy to fatten the range of models from all sides.

Most of the systems that charge and run the little B-Class will be shared with its bright-yellow sibling: the upcoming SLS AMG Coupe E-Cell . Both systems are part of a deep tech partnership between Mercedes parent company Daimler and Tesla. Fruit from this sharing agreement has been limited to date, and arguably, some of the most sour fruit on the branch via the Smart ED . That car ran Tesla Roadster parts, but downsized. The resulting “car” was appallingly slow. Tesla didn’t seem to be sharing the good, M5-beating stuff yet.

This is set to change when the B-Class Electric Drive hits U.S. showrooms in January 2014. The model will arrive in dealers first before a limited roll-out in Europe.

As Mercedes’ first viable EV, the B-Class Electric is a complete package that excels in its mission of effortless city efficiency plus Mercedes-levels safety, durability, luxury and ownership experience.

Updated 04/30/2014: Mercedes announced prices for the 2014 B-Class Electric Drive which will go on sale in summer 2014. The model will be priced at $41,450, excluding $925 destination and delivery. Customers may be eligible for federal tax credits (which run up to $7,500).

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Mercedes-Benz B-Class

We last caught the revised version of the Mercedes B-Class testing back in September, and it looks like Mercedes has taken it out for another testing session, this time on the roads of Germany.

As you can see, only the front and rear don light camouflage, which means that these are the parts that Mercedes is likely updating. We certainly were not expecting anything major from this update, which is clear from the camo, but this revision should be enough to keep the B-Class fresh for the next few years.

Included in this revision will be a new headlight and taillight design, a new grille, and new front and rear bumpers. You should also expect some minor improvements inside the cabin and under the hood. The under-hood updates will likely focus on improving the fuel economy figures.

We expect to see the revised Mercedes B-Class unveiled in early 2014.

The B-Class compact was launched in 2005, when Mercedes-Benz decided it needs a bigger A-Class in Europe. The B-Class received most of its underpinning and engines from its little brother, but more powerful unit were added to compensate the extra weight. Marketed as a compact sports tourer, the B-Class is essentially a slightly larger hatchback available in a five-door configuration. The first-generation model was built until 2011 with a bevy of gasoline and diesel engines. The hatchback was redesigned for the 2012 model year and gained an all-electric iteration two years later. Dubbed Electric Drive , the EV is the sole B-Class sold in the United States. As we’re moving onto the 2015 model year, the B-Class gets further updates by means of an anticipated mid-cycle refresh.

The facelifts comes with minor styling updates, all-around LED lighting, new equipment and a revised interior. The compact continues to offer a wide selection of drivetrains, including two gasoline units, two diesels, an electric motor and a natural gas version. Read on to check out the full details.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Mercedes-Benz B-Class.

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Carlsson has already started to work on its lineup for the upcoming 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show . Typically, we are used to seeing Carlsson updating some of the most high-performance sports cars out there, but this time around it decided to turn its attention on something a little smaller and more economical: the Mercedes B-Class .

Carlsson updated both the exterior and the interior look of the car, and made some fairly healthy improvements under the hood. On the base-level B180 , Carlsson punched its output up from 122 to 146 horsepower. Next in line for a power boost is the B200, which goes from 156 to 187 horsepower. Finally, the B250 jumps from 211 to 253 horsepower. These power boosts are performed via a simple ECU remapping, which releases horsepower that Mercedes chose to leave out of the factory models.

The extra power was combined with an updated suspension with lowering springs, which dropped the car’s ride by 35 mm (1.37 inches). This not only lowered the center of gravity and improved its handling, but it also gave this compact Benz a sportier look.

Click past the jump to read more about the Mercedes B-Class by Carlsson.

We don’t know if it was coincidence between BMW and Mercedes , but clearly there has to be some kind of snickering going between the two camps.

On the same day BMW introduced the special edition M5 Nighthawk Edition in Japan, Mercedes did the same, albeit with the less powerful B-Class . Specifically, the car is called the B180 Northern Lights Black Edition and it’s the latest in a string of special edition Mercedes models to exclusively hit Japan.

Surely, you can remember the G550 Night Edition and the C63 AMG Performance Studio Edition from a few months back, right?

As if those two models weren’t enough, Mercedes’ spoiling of its Japanese customers continues with this B180, which comes with a pretty mesmerizing dark purple exterior paint to go with bi-xenon headlights, folding mirrors and LED daytime running lights.

Moving inside, the cabin features heated seats with their own memory function, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and Easy-Vario-Plus capabilities, allowing for the front passenger seat and both rear seats to be folded, increasing the interior’s load capacity to 1,995 liters (70.45 cubic-feet).

Under the hood, this special edition carries the same 1,595 cc turbocharged four-cylinder engine as the base B180. This gives it 90 kW (120 horsepower) at 5,000 rpm and 200 Nm (148 pound-feet) of torque from 1,250 to 4,000 rpm.

Humble as the B-Class appears to be relative to the M5, the Northern Lights Black Edition is as attractive as they come and can be yours, assuming you live in Japan, for just ¥3.36 million, which is about $33,900 at the current exchange rates.

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Mercedes C-Class Coupe Sport

For all of you that have a Mercedes CGI turbocharged engine in your late-model Mercedes – engine codes M270, M271EVO and M274 – Carlsson has announced that it now offers CB kits to help bump power by up to 28 percent.

The base CB kit is an adapter plug that goes between the vehicle wiring harnesses and the factory ECU. This little nugget of joy communicates with the various electronic systems within your Benz, assessing the driving situation and conditions, and making adjustments to optimize power.

There’s no need to worry about reliability when you install this kit, as it includes safety checks that help prevent damage that some other tuning kits may cause. First, the CB kit waits for the engine oil temperature to reach 50 degrees Celsius (122 degrees Fahrenheit) before the performance boosts activate. Secondly, the CB kit closely monitors the limits of the CGI engine (oil temperature, coolant temperature, etc.) and drops the ECU to its normal performance if these limits are reached.

This kit’s improvements range from a 24-horsepower gain in the A 180 and B 180 to a 42-horsepower gain in the A 250 and B 250 .

For those that want some extra power from the M271EVO engine lineup, the CBS kit is available too, which adds a larger and freer-flowing intercooler to the base CB kit. The power increases from the CBS kit range from 35 horsepower in the C 250, E 250 and SLK 250 to 45 horsepower in the C 180 .

When you purchase this kit, Carlsson further shows its dedication to keeping your Benz running by taking over the manufacturer’s drivetrain warranty for two years or 100,000 km (62,137 miles).

Click past the jump to see the full specification sheet

Mercedes B-Class EV

The upcoming Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive was previewed at the 2012 Paris Motor Show and now, a few months later, the car has been caught for the first time charging its batteries during winter testing in Sweden.

Mercedes wants to be the first of the luxury automakers to bring an all-electric vehicle into the B-segment. You will say that Toyota is already offering such a model with its Prius v model, but Mercedes-Benz wants to offer a car for those who are looking for a premium alternative to the relatively bland Prius.

Initial details suggest that the next B-Class EV will be offered with a lithium-ion battery from Tesla and is expected to provide an overall range of 200 km (124 miles).

The new Mercedes B-Class EV will go on sale in late 2013 as a 2014 model and it will be the only B-Class model to hit the U.S. market.

Stay tuned for more info.

It’s understandable if the Mercedes SLS AMG Coupe Electric Drive Concept grabbed all the attention from the Mercedes booth at the 2012 Paris Motor Show all by itself. An electric supercar with 740 horsepower on tap?

Yeah, that’s insane.

But it’s also important to remember that the SLS AMG Coupe Electric Drive Concept isn’t the only car Mercedes brought to Paris because they also brought the B-Class Electric Drive Concept.

Now that we know how serious Mercedes is when it comes to emission-free electric vehicles, it’s worth pointing out that the German automaker has taken the steps to ensure that they’re ready to build series production vehicles that demonstrate high everyday practicality.

“In developing our electric vehicles we accord top priority to customer benefits,” says Professor Dr Thomas Weber, Member of the Board of Management at Daimler AG responsible for Group Research and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars Development.

“Accordingly, the Concept B-Class Electric Drive demonstrates premium-standard electric mobility for all the family. The concept vehicle offers outstanding everyday practicality and great driving enjoyment.”

Find out more about the Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive Concept.

Usually when people think about Mercedes AMG models, they automatically think of a large, powerful vehicle, but these people will be surprised to hear that Mercedes also plans on adding this speedy package to smaller cars like the A-Class and B-Class. The standard A-Class still has a little bit before its debut, but the B-Class has already been unveiled, and the next step is an AMG version for it.

This future car, rumored to be called the 25 AMG, has already been caught testing and features the same exterior treatment previously shown on the A25 AMG . In fact, the two cars will be built on the same platform and will both be powered by a 2.0 liter turbo engine delivering somewhere between 320-350 HP. The power will be sent to all four wheels via a dual-clutch transmission.

Compared to the standard B-Class model, the future B25 AMG will be distinguished by a different front bumper with bigger air intakes, a different rear bumper with a diffuser, larger wheels combined with larger brakes, and the usual AMG package.

The future B25 AMG will be released in late 2012.


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