Third-gen Mercedes-Benz B-Class priced and specced, coming Spring 2019

4 Dec 2018

Mercedes-Benz has revealed all on the new third-generation B-Class, ahead of its arrival in Spring 2019.

What used to be an awkward-looking family wagon has been reimagined to what is essentially a larger version of the sleek and stylish A-Class hatchback - the dorky big brother has loosened up and picked up some cool lessons from its younger, hipper sibling.

Unveiled earlier this year at the Paris Motor Show, the new B-Class is available to order now, with prices starting from £26,975 for the B 180 Sport model.

New B-Class engines

The B-Class will launch with a choice of four engines: B 180, B 200, B 200 d, B 220 d.

Both the B 180 and B 200 use a 1.3-litre petrol engine. The former boasts a power output of 134 hp and 200 Nm of torque, rising to 161 hp and 320 Nm in the latter.

Despite the considerable difference in shove, both return a combined fuel consumption of 51.4mpg and CO2 emissions of 125g/km (the B 200 emits an extra gram).

It’s a similar setup with the diesels with a two-litre oilburner under the bonnet of the B 200 d and B 220 d.

Tuning sets the two apart though, with the B 200 d pumping out 148 hp and 320 Nm of torque, while the B 220 d generates 188 hp and 400 Nm. Both return 64.2 mpg at 115g/km of CO2; again, climbing a gram with the more powerful option.

The diesels come linked to an eight-speed automatic transmission as standard, while the petrols are paired to a seven-speed auto.

New B-Class trims

Equipment for the new B-Class is split over two trims: Sport and AMG Line.

The Sport grade comes as standard with MBUX multimedia system with ‘Hey Mercedes’ voice activation, seven-inch cockpit display and seven-inch touchscreen media display, reversing camera, 17-inch ten-spoke alloy wheels, hard-disk navigation, active lane keeping assist, speed limit assist, black grille, silver-painted louvre and insert in chrome, DAB radio, keyless-go starting function, automatic two-zone climate control, LED high performance headlights, and spiral-look trim with Artico and Fléron fabric upholstery.

AMG Line steps things up by adding 18-inch five-twin-spoke AMG alloy wheels, three-spoke multifunction sport steering wheel in nappa leather, sports seats, diamond radiator grille with chrome pins and single louvre, AMG bodystyling, and carbon-structure trim with Artico and Dinamica microfibre upholstery with red contrast stitching.

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