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MERCEDES-BENZ UNVEILS NEW B-CLASS

The new Mercedes-Benz B-Class will be available here during December in time for January registrations.

Benefitting from what Mercedes-Benz calls ‘a major facelift’ the B-Class has been given a revamped front end with new bumper, new wider radiator with star inset, new daylight running lights and new LED high performance headlamps.

Inside designers include new larger freestanding head unit and new stylish instrument cluster. Various driving assistance systems, which have trickled down from S-Class and other frontline Mercedes-Benz models, are offered, some as standard and others as options. Included is the well-known Attention Assist and Collision Prevention Assist systems, both standard on models sold here.

In terms of specifications, the entry-level version being launched here is significantly upgraded thanks to the provision of a ‘Style’ pack as standard whose attributes include elegant radiator trim and extra chrome body detailing, enhanced upholstery and 10-spoke alloy wheels. In addition to the Style pack, two other style and equipment lines will be available – Urban and a sporty AMG version plus other ‘personalisation' options for those wishing to craft a design to their own liking..

There will be eight engines to choose from – four diesels and four petrol versions. Here, the one likely to attract most attention is the 1461cc, 4-cylinder B160 CDI Style with its rated output of 90bhp, 240Nm at 1700rpm, and a CO2 figure of 108 which translates into annual road tax of just €190. Taking account of its higher level of specifications, this entry-level version is expected to arrive on the market at just over €31,000 ex works.

Next in line to it will be a B180CDI Style whose specifications are broadly similar save for a higher top speed, slightly faster acceleration, higher power and better torque. It is expected to come on the market just above €32,000. The petrol line-up begins with a 1595cc, 4-cylinder B180 Style with 200km/h top speed and a 0-100km figure of 9.3secs. Expected to launch at just under €33,000, it has a CO2 rating of 129 which equates to annual road tax of €270.

In international markets, B-Class Electric Drive and Natural Gas Drive versions form part of the model offering. When available in RHD, it is expected that the electric drive version will be offered here, with price guiding at €40,000 ex works.

Commenting, Mercedes-Benz passenger car sales manager Ciaran Allen said ‘since its arrival here in 2012, the B-Class has built up a respectable customer following amongst those who want to balance its extra spaciousness with the economical running costs that a compact class model offers. We expect this trend to continue.’