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.
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.
Click past the jump to read about the standard Mercedes B-Class
As the big brother of Mercedes’ compact lineup, the B-Class gives you access to an affordable yet finely-built Mercedes that none of the other models can boast of.
With the new-generation model having been introduced just last year, Mercedes clearly has high hopes for the B-Class and it’s banking on the significant changes made to the design to gain some attention out on the market.
In addition, the German automaker is offering a slew of engine options for its big compact, highlighted by a four-cylinder gas engine that produces a stout 156 horsepower while mated to either a new 7G-DCT dual clutch transmission or a new 6-speed manual transmission. The 7G system.