Mercedes-Benz is seeking to make further inroads into Europe’s burgeoning compact MPV market with the new Mercedes B-class.
The new five-seater is scheduled to hit the UK next April. It will be the first model to sit on the new front-wheel drive platform that is also earmarked for next year’s A-class.
Revealed here at the Frankfurt motor show, the B-class has been thoroughly re-engineered for extra interior space, greater refinement, better economy and improved safety credentials.
At 4359mm long, 1786mm wide and 1557mm tall, the new B-class is 89mm longer, 11mm wider and 48mm lower than 2005’s first-gen model.
The altered dimensions have brought some crucial packaging changes. The front seats are 86mm lower than before and have a more upright position. At 976mm, rear legroom is said to surpass that of the S-class luxury saloon. Boot capacity is put at 666 litres, 121 litres more than before.
Inside, a high-quality dashboard carries design cues from the range-topping SLS. Among the new car’s many options is a free-standing colour monitor for the navigation and entertainment systems, including optional internet access.