The Mercedes B-class is hoped to change the manufacturer's successes in the 'premium compact' car sector.
Saddled with a mechanical platform that delivered excellent packaging but at a considerable price, the A-class and B-class siblings have failed to win major success. But change is coming to Mercedes’ small-car range, and this new Mercedes B-class is the first taste of it.
Stuttgart’s pseudo-MPV has been given a new platform and format that, stylistically and dynamically, make it a more conventional fit for the so-called ‘premium C-segment’.
It is at the vanguard of a fresh effort by Mercedes to make real headway into a chunk of the luxury car market where it can ill-afford to be outperformed. As such, the impact crater of serious investment is readily apparent.
The B-class, like the new A-class, is an all-new car offered with a choice of four-cylinder engines, manual or automatic gearboxes and extensive class-first safety features.