First update since the launch in mid-2012.
Mercedes-Benz India today confirmed that it will launch the 2015 Mercedes B Class (facelift) on March 11. The car had world premiered at the Paris Motor Show last October.
The facelift adds a sense of sportiness to the B-Class's family oriented styling. Compared to the current model, the MFA-based hatchback features deeper front and rear bumpers, a pair of side skirts, and new rim designs. It also comes equipped with a slightly redesigned set of headlamps that now comes with LED lighting, as well as new taillights.
Inside, the B Class features a new steering wheel similar to the C Class, ambient lighting with a choice of 12 colors and a larger 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system. For India, Mercedes might still offer the Style, Urban and AMG line trims for better distinction.
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Power will likely be sourced from the same 120 bhp 1.6-litre petrol in the B180 variant, and the 107 bhp 2.2-litre diesel 4-cylinder engine in the B200 CDI variant. Both will offer a standard 7G-TRONIC automatic transmission, although it's unclear whether Merc will equip the 4MATIC all-wheel drive system available in European spec models.
The 2015 Mercedes B Class is already available for sale in global markets like Germany, starting at a price of EUR 27,102 (INR 20.94 Lakhs) for the basic B180 petrol. As of now, Mercedes India imports the B Class via the CBU route, with no confirmation of assembly at its Chakan plant. The company had previously said that the A- and B-Class together make up 20 percent of overall sales.