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autoviva2014-09-15 11:41:43

Mercedes launches B-Class facelift

Electric Drive version is the highlight of the updated model

The design team reshaped the front bumper with larger air intakes, which allow more efficient cooling of the engine compartment

Mercedes-BenzMercedes-BenzMercedes-BenzGermany, 1924 > present197 models
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is ready to unveil an updated version of the first model of the new line of compact models to be launched: the B-ClassB-Class Gen.2 [W246]Mercedes-Benz B-Class Gen.2 [W246]Germany, 2012 > present60 versions
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. The model receives some visual changes, an upgraded interior and a new range of more efficient and cleaner engines.

One of the highlights of the facelifted B-Class range is the B Electric Drive, a car that was jointly developed by Mercedes and TeslaTeslaTeslaUnited States of America, 2003 > present4 models
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, ​​expert in electric technology.

This version with 180hp and 340Nm of torque is the first series electric vehicle produced by the German brand. According to the data revealed by Mercedes, the B Electric Drive can achieve 100km/h in 7.9 seconds and has a limited maximum speed of 160km/h. Thanks to the 16.6kWh ion-lithium battery this version allows a range of 200km. The new B Electric Drive will have the BMW i3i3BMW i3Germany, 2011 > present13 versions
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and the Volkswagen eGolfe-GolfVolkswagen e-GolfGermany, 2014 > present3 photos
as its main rivals.

Design changes

For the new B-class, the design team reshaped the front bumper with larger air intakes, which allow more efficient cooling of the engine compartment. Furthermore, the grid has also been redesigned as well as the daytime running lights. Customers can opt for LED headlights, however, these are not available with the B Electric Drive.

The design of the taillights was also changed and the rear bumper has a deeper look and integrates trapezoidal exhaust outlets, similar to more expensive models of the German brand.

Inside the new B-Class receives the latest security technologies and equipment, including a standard eight-inch screen, optional key-free entry and an updated attention assistance system that can detect driver fatigue between 60 to 200km/h using a display with five stages.

Range of engines

The engine range of the B-Class remains exclusively available with four-cylinder engines with outputs ranging from the 90hp diesel version B 160 CDI and 211hp petrol version B 250. In the petrol range the entry version is the B 180 with an output of 122hp, while the most powerful version of the diesel range is the 177hp B 220 CDI.

All engines are equipped as standard with a manual six-speed gearbox, but can be purchased with a seven-speed automatic dual-clutch as an option.

Another new addition to the range is the possibility of acquiring the B 220, B 250, B 200 CDI and B220 CDI versions with 4Matic all-wheel drive system.

B-Class Gen.2 [W246]B-Class Gen.2 [W246]




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