Mercedes reveals new B-Class pricing
Mercedes’ new B-Class is arriving as we speak and local pricing has just been confirmed.
The B-Class is largely an A-Class model that has been scaled up slightly, adding more passenger and cargo space, a taller seating position and better visibility thanks to a low beltline and deep glasshouse.
There’s a shorter front overhang compared with the A-Class that houses the same multibeam headlights as the entry-level Merc. The taillights have shrunken, aeros have improved and the sculpting on the sides has gone.
Inside, it’s almost completely digital, with the sole B 180 offered here gaining a pair of 10.25-inch displays. The MBUX infotainment system from the A-Class is present, giving B-Class buyers access to features such as intelligent voice control and the ‘Mercedes me Connect’ network with the ability to remotely interact with the vehicle.
The compact people carrier gets Intelligent Drive from the S-Class, which means semi-autonomous capability will be offered for the first time in the model’s history. It uses improved camera and radar systems to anticipate the traffic up to 500 metres ahead while employing map and navigation data for assistance functions. For example,
Active Distance Assist Distronic can adjust the speed when approaching bends, junctions or roundabouts. Also on board are active emergency stop and lane change assist.
The B 180 will come with a 1.3-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine making 100kW and 200Nm. Power is sent to the front wheels through a seven-speed DCT gearbox and fuel consumption is rated at 5.7L/100km. Price for the B 180 starts at $57,800 and is on sale now.