Daimler has taken the wraps off the 2019 Mercedes B-Class at the Paris Motor Show. Here’s a visual comparison of the third generation model with its predecessor.
The third generation Mercedes B-Class looks sportier and chicer than its predecessor, and it has much resemblance of the fourth generation Mercedes A-Class.
The more upright front-end, low-profile Multibeam LED headlamps, slightly lowered roofline, larger, 19-inch wheels and sleeker rear combination tail lamps elevate the vehicle’s sportiness. The all-new model is more rounded and has a progressive design. The drag coefficient is down to 0.24 Cd now (predecessor: 0.25 Cd).
The Mercedes B-Class is all about its practicality. So, while the more chic exterior is a bonus, the interior looks markedly improved in terms of aesthetics, comfort, and convenience. The minimalist design is heavily inspired by that of its sister model, but it uses more straight lines than curves for simplicity.
The seats offer a flatter seating position and a larger adjustment range. The former results in a more comfortable seating position, while the latter increases the maximum headroom. Improved passage over the centre tunnel in the rear has made accessing the middle seat easier. The MBUX infotainment system with artificial intelligence that debuted in the latest G-Class has made it to the B-Class. The dual-display setup comprising a 10.25-inch virtual instrument cluster and a 10.25-inch central display is another commonality.
Five engine variants are planned for offer at the launch:
- B 180 - M 282 1.3L petrol engine (136 PS/200 Nm), 7G-DCT dual-clutch transmission, FWD
- B 200 - M 282 1.3L petrol engine (163 PS/250 Nm), 7G-DCT dual-clutch transmission, FWD
- B 180 d - OM 608 1.5L diesel engine (116 PS/260 Nm), 7G-DCT dual-clutch transmission, FWD
- B 200 d - OM 654q 2.0L diesel engine (150 PS/320 Nm), 8G-DCT dual-clutch transmission, FWD
- B 220 d - OM 654q 2.0L diesel engine (190 PS/400 Nm), 8G-DCT dual-clutch transmission, FWD
More engines will follow, as will models with the 4MATIC all-wheel drive system.
The 2019 Mercedes B-Class’s order books open on 3 December and deliveries will commence in February 2019. The outgoing model is sold in India, and the new generation model could arrive in the second half of 2019.