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Third-generation five-seat MPV has been shown ahead of UK sales starting in early 2019

Mercedes-Benz has revealed the fourth of up to eight new compact models at the Paris motor show with the debut of its third-generation B-Class.

A new preview video was released on social media before the debut and shows glimpses of the new car's design, which draws heavily from the new A-Class and follows the brand's new family face. The interior has also been overhauled, with Mercedes' new MBUX infotainment system stretching a single screen from the instrument panel to the centre of the dash. 

 

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Mercedes buyers seeking seven-seat compatibility in the compact class will be catered to by the new GLB, according to Autocar’s source, who says it has a longer wheelbase than the B-Class. The new SUV, conceived to compete directly against the Audi Q3 and BMW X1, is planned to be sold in both five and seven-seat forms.

However, the new B-Class has grown, albeit incrementally, with minimal increases over its predecessor, which is 4359mm long, 1786mm wide and 1557mm tall.

Inside, the new MPV adopts the new digital cockpit and connectivity functions of the A-Class, including a high-definition instrument and infotainment panel and Mercedes' new MBUX operating system, which supports conversational voice commands.

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Improvements in packaging are said to have liberated added accommodation, while the adoption of a newly developed torsion beam rear suspension is said to have led to an increase in boot space beyond the 488 litres of the outgoing model.

The front-wheel-drive model is set to go on sale with a limited number of transversely mounted four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines, although other options, including for the first time a new plug-in hybrid powertrain, will be introduced in the longer term.

On the petrol side, buyers should expect a B200 running a 161bhp 1.3-litre engine and a B250 with a 222bhp 2.0-litre unit. The sole diesel at launch will be the B180d, which runs a 116bhp 1.5-litre engine.

Other models will follow throughout 2019, including an entry-level B160 and B220 petrol models, as well as B200d and B220d diesels.

Gearbox choices include a standard six-speed manual, with buyers set to be offered the choice of optional six-speed and nine-speed automatic dual-clutch units depending on the engine. Both the B220 and B250 will also be sold with the choice of 4Matic four-wheel drive.  

To counter sales of the BMW 225xe, Mercedes also plans to offer the new B-Class with a new plug-in hybrid system that is set to provide it with an electric-only range of up to 31 miles. To be employed in a new B250e 4Matic model, it uses the 161bhp 1.3-litre four-cylinder engine from the B200 to power the front wheels in combination with a 90bhp electric motor driving the rear wheels.

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Mikey C 26 September 2018

You can't get less premium

You can't get less premium that this, a deadly dull SUV. Torsion beam rear suspension, and made in Hungary. 

I just don't understand why Daimler feel the need to compete in EVERY sector, surely this must lower the brand image?

ianp55 26 September 2018

Mercedes Benz B Class

I can hardly wait,yet another overpriced under specced front wheel drive hatchback from Mercedes Benz produced to compete against the equally dull BMW 2 series Touring. Just another step in the race to the bottom for Mercedes Benz

mesumguy 9 September 2018

Hardly a design classic

I suspect teenagers will ask to be dropped half a mile away from school, rather than be seen in this visual contraceptive device.