Transmission:7 speed automatic
Horsepower @ RPM:122 @ 5000
Torque @ RPM:200 @ 1250
Top Speed:118 mph (Est.)
0-100 time:10.2 sec. (Est.)
2015 Mercedes-Benz B-Class
The word ‘Active Tourer’ may not strike your bells as much because we the Indians are not so familiar with the term actually because it is a new term and believe it or not it was Mercedes who actually have founded this segment when they introduced the B-Class late in the year 2011 but later many other auto manufacturers too cashed in the idea and launched their own products and made this segment competitive.
Mercedes Benz who introduced the B-Class not so long ago realized their increasing competition and did not took any chances and introduced the facelift B-Class in the International market already but don’t turn away thinking that it will take some time to reach the Indian shores because with the Mercedes Benz new aggressive marketing strategy for India it won’t take long for the German auto giant to launch the new facelift B-Class in India.
We all are quite aware of the term facelift in automotive industry which actually is to sharpen and add some new and interesting features to make the product updated without messing much with its overall proportion and other features. Mercedes too walked in the same path and given their new B-Class a new lease of life by adding some new features and sharpening some old ones both in the exterior and interior as well to make it a perfect car for those owners who wants a practical, safe and comfortable vehicle for them and their family.
It’s true that the B-Class may not be as good looking as the new A Class which also happens to be the more popular model here in India but that said the B-Class was also one of the first cars which wore the cloak of Mercedes Benz’s new and youthful design philosophy. The B-Class is based on Mercedes MFA front wheel drive compact platform which also supports the less practical but more emotional A-Class.
UPDATE 11.03.15 Mercedes Benz launched the facelift B Class in the Indian market with prices starting at Rs 27.95 lakh for the B180 Sport while the B200 CDI is priced at Rs. 28.95 Lakh
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It’s true that the new B-Class is not as stylish as any other Mercedes Compact cars like the A or GLA and the CLA Class (If you consider the sedan as a compact car) but blame its segment and purpose and not its design because it has to appear bigger than the standard hatch and more practical than the other mentioned vehicles.
At the front you will find a new bumper which looks little more aggressive than the old car while the major change that you will notice comes in the form of a new headlamps that’s right the facelift B-Class gets integrated with daytime running lamps which actually gives the vehicle more premium appearance. Beside that there has been no such major change in the overall design and body except the different lines and trims, the Mercedes B Class facelift will be available with three new design and equipment lines namely Style, Urban and AMG Line.that are available with the B-Class gets some own individual features. The facelift B-Class also gets LED high performance headlamps in the International market and we cannot tell right now whether it will be available in the Indian market or not, talking about the lamps the tail lamps units at the rear of the B-Class also gets bicolor LED lamps which makes the car more visible during night.
Mercedes hasn’t made any major changes on the exterior of the vehicle to maintain the familiarity.
The new facelift B Class also will be available with three new design and equipment lines namely Style, Urban and AMG Line.
The Style equipment line will be available with light-alloy wheels in an expressive design, radiator trim with two louvers painted in iridium silver with chrome inserts, and shoulderline trim strips in chrome on its exterior. While the interior upgrades includes Vianen upholstery fabric seats and selected interior elements in silver chrome such as the moulding on the multifunction steering wheel, highlights on the gear lever and lastly the switches placed on the top control panel. It has also been provided with a cup holder on the center console and a 12V socket in the rear round.
The Urban equipment line gets a radiator trim with two louvres painted in iridium silver and chrome inserts, 43.2 cm (17-inch) 5-spoke light-alloy wheels, and a twin-pipe exhaust system integrated into the bumper with chrome-look tailpipe trim. In its interior the seats has been fitted with a upholstery in ARTICO man-made leather/Montfoort fabric. While the multifunction steering wheel also has been wrapped in premium quality leather. The other more specific details includes a contrasting topstitching, silver chrome highlights.
The AMG Line receives AMG bodystyling which is highlighted further with the radiator trim, two-pipe exhaust system integrated into the bumper with chrome look tailpipe trim, lowered comfort suspension with Sports Direct-Steer system to improve handling, an 18-inch 5-twin-spoke AMG light-alloy wheels, perforated brake discs at the front, and brake callipers at the front with the Mercedes Benz lettering. Inside the car you will find man-made leather/DINAMICA microfibre and the multifunction sports steering wheel with flattened bottom section for the sporty feel, Red contrasting stitching on the door armrests, centre console, seats, and gear lever while the sports pedals are also finished in stainless steel.
Offcourse! This is Mercedes-Benz so expect quality materials and a premium interior from B-Class. The facelift car gets more up to date interior along with a bigger (8 inch) and better free standing head display unit, with the help of the bigger screen which also has better resolution and actually provides clearer and better images and much more better control over the vehicles COMMAND system even when the vehicle is on the move than the last one. while the stylish instrument cluster too will attract your attention for sure specially the new dial layout in the instrument cluster.
This time around Mercedes Benz has already provided the owners to choose from 12 colors for the ambient lighting system as an optional extra which can be set according to the mood beside the ambient mood lighting the owners can also choose the Keyless GO which is also available as an optional extra. This function actually allows the owners to open and start the vehicle while simply carrying the electronic key in your pocket. The steering wheel in this facelift B-Class has been borrowed from the C-Class sedan which will also be launched in India soon. Sadly what I have discussed above are available with the International car and most of them won’t even make it to India.
Mercedes has tried to make the B Class engine more fuel efficient and right now the B Class which is available in the Indian market comes with both diesel and petrol engine options, the 2.1 litre CDI diesel engine does duty under the hood of the diesel variant while the petrol variant is powered by a 1.6 litre motor which offers enough grunt to the B-Class.
In the International market the B-Class actually gets 4 diesel and 4 petrol engines as an option while there is also an electrical drive unit as well as a B-Class which runs entirely on Natural gas. Hopefully Mercedes Benz won’t make any changes in Indian drivetrain and the facelift B Class will also be powered by the same engine that powers the pre-facelft variant.
The B-Class has been built with the purpose of carrying your family so do not expect the engine to perform like the engine you will find in the more sportier products from the same manufacturer however the engine isn’t slow either and is ideal for carrying your whole family in it. Both the engines are coupled to a 7-speed dual clutch 7G-DCT transmission which has 7 seven forward gear and 1 reverse gear. This transmission makes sure that the sporty nature of the vehicle is also maintained while it also takes care of the fuel economy at the same time.
|Arrangement/number of cylinders||In-line/4||In-line/4|
|Total Displacement (cc)||1595||2143|
|Rated output (kW/hp at rpm)||90/122 at 5000||100/134 at 3200-4000|
|Rated Torque (Nm @ rpm)||200 @ 1250 - 4000||300 @ 1400 - 2800|
|Acceleration (0-100 km/h, sec)||10.2||10.7|
|Top speed (km/h)||200||190|
The facelift B-Class gets couple of newly added safety features with the vehicle such as Collision prevention Assist (CPA) which was previously available only with the S Class.Unfortunately the Indian variant wont be getting all those but because this is a premium vehicle from a reputed auto manufacturer it does come with plenty of safety features as well.
Electronic Stability Programme
Anti Lock Braking system
Hill start assist with hold function
Acceleration Skid control
Tyre Pressure loss Warning system
The updated B 180 Sport has been priced at 27.95 lakh while the B 200 CDI has been priced around Rs. 28.95 lakh.
The BMW X1 is the entry level crossover from the stable of another premium auto manufacturer in India. It is powered by a 1995 cc diesel engine which generates 184 bhp of maximum power at 4000 rpm and 380 Nm of torque at 1,750–2,750 rpm. This car is also known for its luxurious interior and quirky performance.
Yes! We agree that the B-Class may not be as good looking as the A or the GLA but it is definitely is a more practical alternative to the smaller A Class and sits in between the A and the GLA which will even help those who does not want to extend their budget much but also wants to stick to this brand. With its impressive interior space a practical boot and all the comfort that you would generally expect out of a premium Tourer the B Class has it all. Although Mercedes has not exactly made a huge difference to the facelift B Class but surely the changes in the exterior has made the vehicle more attractive as well as elegant at the same time while the interior changes has upped the premium quality interior further. The facelift B-Class will certainly draw attention of those who wants a premium and practical vehicle for their family.
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Horse Power122 @ 5000 HP
Top speed118 mph