Although the current B-Class has little relevance to us Americans, Mercedes plans to make up to 3 B-Classes for the US market in the future. And to give you a taste of what might be hitting the states, here’s a spy shot of the 2012 B-Class out in the wild.

The B-Class caught in the photos is a hatchback version which is the only model confirmed for the U.S. so far. A sedan and SUV version are still under consideration over in Germany, but we hear a hatchback is also a possibility. Sadly, these new photos are the only news of the 2012 B-Class. Engine setups are still to be determined, but with everyone going green, expect a hybrid version.

Dr. Joachim Schmidt, head of sales and marketing at Mercedes-Benz, commented on the upcoming A- and B-Class models, noting that, "In the next couple of years, we will launch additional cars where we don’t currently have predecessors. Our current A-Class and B-Class will be replaced by a new platform for four totally different cars defining new segments for Mercedes." He added, “If you want young customers, you need to have a brand that is sexy and sporty. The reason we didn’t get this customer before was, in my opinion, not a brand issue, but a product issue.”

The next generation B-Class is set to launch next year as a 2012 model, with a US model expected a year or two later.


Source: LeftLaneNews

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  (401) posted on 05.9.2011

Spying around is such an exciting experience. I can imagined how fortunate the person who took a snapshot of this car. Pretty clever job, and I want to try it too.

  (1211) posted on 09.23.2010

You know, I really hate how you guys crop the "spy photos" forcing me to click on a link, only to reveal some uglier than sin Mercedes. .

  (406) posted on 08.4.2010

I wonder what BMW and Mercedes-Benz’s cars would look like if they designed this type of car.

  (815) posted on 08.3.2010

like the look of the current GL. I don’t like the fact that they discontinued the off road option (no more available two-speed transfer case) because I actually do take my SUV off road. Oh well, I can’t afford $70k for a new truck, so it is a moot point anyways.

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