Mercedes-Benz engineers have began the primary public trials of the redesigned B-Class minivan.
The automobile represents simply one in every of eight physique kinds Mercedes is planning for its next-generation compact automobile household, the primary member of which might be a redesigned A-Class hatchback debuting in early 2018.
Others will embrace replacements for the CLA, CLA Taking pictures Brake and GLA in addition to some new additions similar to an A-Class sedan and GLB SUV.
We anticipate the B-Class to path the A-Class hatch by a couple of 12 months. Nonetheless, don’t anticipate it to see it in america this time round. We get the present B-Class in electrical guise solely however the automobile might be dropped after the 2017 mannequin 12 months to make method, finally, for a brand new EQA compact electrical automobile.
2019 Mercedes-Benz B-Class spy pictures – Picture by way of S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
Regardless of its stodgy picture, the B-Class is an important mannequin in Mercedes’ portfolio, significantly in Europe the place its larger seating place appeals to older patrons and its spacious cabin to younger households.
Underpinning Mercedes’ next-generation compact automobile household is an up to date model of the automaker’s MFA (Modular Entrance-drive Structure) platform. Aptly dubbed MFA2, the up to date platform will carry weight financial savings plus the capability for various drivetrains. The B-Class will use a stretched model of the platform.
Powertrains will embrace a sequence of inline-Four models, in each gasoline and diesel flavors. A plug-in hybrid choice can even be accessible.
The B-Class’ solely direct rival is BMW’s 2-Collection Energetic (and Gran) Tourer. There are, after all, a handful of non-premium options. Examples embrace the Fiat 500L, Ford B-Max, Opel Meriva and Volkswagen Touran.