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2019 Mercedes-Benz B-Class

2019 Mercedes-Benz B-Class

A new generation for Merc’s people mover

The third-generation Mercedes-Benz B-Class arrived at the 2018 Paris Motor Show to replace a dated seven-year-old model. Just like its predecessor, it competes in the subcompact MPV segment. Essentially a bigger A-Class, it combines the utility of a small crossover with the sporty stance of a hatchback, and, thanks to its latest update, technology from the company’s bigger vehicles.

Developed to give the slightly newerBMW 2 Series Active Tourer a run for its money, the third-generation B-Class sets a new benchmark on the executive MPV market. Just like the latest A-Class, it features an interior design based on larger sedan like the E-Class and S-Class, as well as semi-autonomous driving tech. Unfortunately, the B-Class will remain a European vehicle for the most part as Mercedes-Benz has no plans to bring it to the United States.

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2014 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive

2014 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive

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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2014 Mercedes-Benz B-Class

2014 Mercedes-Benz B-Class

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.

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2013 Mercedes B-Class by Carlsson

2013 Mercedes B-Class by Carlsson

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.

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2013 Mercedes B180 Northern Lights Black Special Edition

2013 Mercedes B180 Northern Lights Black Special Edition

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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2012 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive Concept

2012 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive Concept

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.”

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2014 Mercedes B-Class EV

2014 Mercedes B-Class EV

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2013 Mercedes B25 AMG

2013 Mercedes B25 AMG

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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2011 Mercedes-Benz B-Class E-Cell Plus Electric Concept

2011 Mercedes-Benz B-Class E-Cell Plus Electric Concept

The Mercedes B-Class E-Cell Plus Concept was officially introduced at the Frankfurt Motor Show with an eye towards production sometime in 2014. The electric B-Class concept carries the same exterior and interior dimensions as that of the standard B-Class, including the five-seat interior lay-out.

As you can imagine, the notable difference between the two lies in the powertrain. Whereas the regular B-Class carries a fuel powertrain, the B-Class E-Cell is powered by a permanently excited synchronous machine that develops 136 horsepower of maximum power and 95 horsepower of contiguous power. On top of that, the B Class E Cell-Plus also has a 1.0-liter three-cylinder turbocharged range extender engine, producing an output of 50 kW (65 horsepower) at 3,500 rpm while also being used to re-charge the vehicle’s battery. Then there’s the lithium-ion battery, which the B-Class E-Cell also has and can be recharged through a socket and a 3.3 kW board charger.

All in all, the vehicle can sprint from 0-62 mph in 11 seconds with a top speed of 93 mph and a CO2 emissions level of 32g/km. The electric range of the concept allows the car to run for just 62 mph, although thanks to the vehicle’s internal combustion engine, that range can be extended up to 600 km (373 miles)

No word yet on how much Mercedes is thinking of pricing the vehicle. Since production has been set for 2014, expect the announcement to come at a much later date.

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2012 Mercedes B-Class

2012 Mercedes B-Class

Mercedes officially unveiled the new generation B-Class in Germany at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show. The new model has received a completely redesigned exterior and interior design, as well as a new engine line-up.

The Mercedes B-Class is the larger of the company’s two compact models, the smaller model being the A-Class. It has undergone significant changes to gain some attention out on the market, including redesigned front and rear ends. The aerodynamic changes provide a significant improvement, allowing the B-Class to deliver an outstanding drag coefficient of 0.26.

Power for the 2012 Mercedes B-Class consists of a new four-cylinder petrol engine with direct injection and turbocharging and a new diesel engine. These engines come with a new dual clutch transmission, a new manual transmission, and new assistance systems.

The new B-Class will go on sale in November 2011.

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2011 Mercedes B55 AMG Concept

2011 Mercedes B55 AMG Concept

The mad mechanics from Mercedes high end tuning arm of AMG are at it once again. Instead of preparing a brand new CLS63 AMG or putting the finishing touches on the C63 AMG Black Series; the trainees are up to no good with some spare parts and an idea.

The innocent Mercedes B-Class is about to receive a serious upgrade from some talented young men and women. A plant manager at an AMG assembly shop is testing his students by giving them a task they can really sink their teeth into. Peter Wesp thought up the challenge and ended up having some of his talented staff take on the project.

Andreas Wurz is a foreman in the technical vocational training department and it was his idea that lent to such a sinister B-class being built. Specific plans were put together, parts gathered and work started on the B55 AMG.

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2010 Mercedes B-Class F-Cell

2010 Mercedes B-Class F-Cell

The German automaker Mercedes Benz has just revealed the new B-Class F-Cell, the company’s first full size production ready fuel cell powered EV to hit the road, with deliveries scheduled to begin in Europe and the U.S. next spring. The B-Class F-Cell is propelled by an electric motor that is on par with a conventional 2.0 Liter internal combustion engine. The electrically charged bundle of wound wires and magnets provides a maximum output of 136 HP and 214 lb-ft of torque fed juice by a powerful trio of high voltage lithium ion battery packs.

The electric motor is combined with three 700-bar hydrogen storage tanks that is used to run the fuel cell. Each tank holds just under 4 kilograms of the liquid hydrogen fuel and can cover a range of up to 400 kilometers with the tanks topped off, now this is more than twice as far as the previous A-Class F‑Cell from Mercedes. The best part is, unlike a pure BEV that can take all night to fully charge, the F-Cell’s tanks can be filled in less than three minutes at any standard refueling station so that you can get back on your way.

Press release after the jump.

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2010 Mercedes Concept BlueZERO E-CELL PLUS will be at Frankfurt

2010 Mercedes Concept BlueZERO E-CELL PLUS will be at Frankfurt

The German automaker Mercedes Benz will unveil the pre-production version BlueZERO E-CELL PLUS Electric Car at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The E-Cell is an electric vehicle that according to the manufacturer can travel ut to 100 kilometers on electricity alone.

The BlueZERO E-CELL PLUS is powered by a 18 kWh lithium-ion battery that is recharged by a 1.0-liter turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine that produces 67 hp. The battery is connected to an electric motor that produces 100 kw. The concept sprints from 0 to 60 MPH in just 11 seconds and can hit a top speed of 93 MPH.

During rapid charging with a charging capacity of 20 kW, the high-performance, 18 kWh lithium-ion battery of the BlueZERO E-CELL PLUS can store enough power within around 30 minutes for a 50 kilometre cruising range. The complete electric range of 100 kilometres requires a charging time of somewhat more than an hour. Charging time with a standard charge cycle at a conventional household outlet with 3.3 kW is approximately 6 hours.

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2009 Mercedes Concept BlueZERO

2009 Mercedes Concept BlueZERO

Mercedes will unveil at the Detroit Auto Show the Concept BlueZERO. This a modular concept that allows three models with different drive configurations: the BlueZERO E-CELL with battery-electric drive and a range of up to 200 kilometres using electric drive alone, the BlueZERO F-CELL (fuel cell) with a range of 250 miles using electric drive and the BlueZERO E-CELL PLUS with electric drive and additional internal combustion engine as power generator (range extender). Mercedes seems to be very serious about the possibilities about getting this car into production.

All three BlueZERO variants share the same key technical components, while the design and vehicle dimensions are identical. Measuring just 4.22 metres in length, the BlueZERO models combine compact exterior dimensions with a generously proportioned and variable interior and luggage compartment.

All three BlueZERO models feature front-wheel drive. It is powered by a modular system that includes a liquid-cooled lithium-ion batteries with a storage capacity of up to 35 kWh and the compact electric motor with a maximum output of 134 hp (continuous output 93 hp), which develops a peak torque of 320 Nm. All three variants accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in less than 11 seconds. Their top speed is electronically limited to 93 mph.

Press release after the jump.

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2009 Mercedes B-Class

2009 Mercedes B-Class

After three successful years, Mercedes-Benz has overhauled the design and engineering of the B-Class. The facelift programme focused on environmental compatibility, economic efficiency and comfort, with further advances being made in each of these areas. Thanks to a series of detailed improvements, the four-cylinder engines now burn up to seven percent less fuel than previously, and distinguish themselves with remarkably low exhaust emissions that undercut the current EU limits by as much as 90 percent.

Mercedes-Benz has developed a new ECO start/stop function for the high-volume B 150 and B 170 models. This switches off the engine when stopped at traffic lights, for example, producing a fuel saving of up to nine percent in practical use. Additional new developments include the bi-fuel petrol/natural-gas drive in the B 170 NGT BlueEFFICIENCY, along with active parking assist which helps drivers to both find a suitable parking spot, and then manoeuvre into it.

The B-Class continues to be available with a choice of six engines – two direct-injection diesel units (109 hp and 140 hp) delivering up to 300 Nm of torque, as well as four petrol engines with a peak power output of up to 193 hp and a maximum torque of 280 Nm. The four-cylinder power units have undergone a series of detailed improvements in order to further reduce fuel consumption.

A further new addition to the B-Class range bears the initials "NGT" on the right-hand side of its tailgate. They stand for "Natural Gas Technology" and identify a model variant which is as economical as it is environmentally compatible, courtesy of its bi-fuel drive: the B 170 NGT BlueEFFICIENCY is able to run on both natural gas and premium grade petrol while delivering an identical maximum output of 116 hp.

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2005 Mercedes B-class

2005 Mercedes B-class

Just as the values, goals, lifestyles and interests of people change, so their expectations of the automobile change accordingly. The experience factor is gaining in importance, but comfort, practicality, attractiveness and performance are also expected. These are attributes that present vehicle concepts can only offer in part.

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