New front-drive hatch is set for a 2011 launch
13 October 2009

These are the first spy shots of the new Mercedes B-class. The front-wheel drive hatchback was originally launched in 2005 and the new model is set to be launched in 2011.

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New variants are expected to join the standard hatchback in the range, including a BMW 1-series-rivaling sports hatch and a four-door saloon with sportier coupe styling.

New diesel and petrol engines are expected to join the range, while the new model could also be used as a showcase for alternative fuel technology.

Mercedes has already launched limited b-class-based production versions of its all-electric E-cell and hydrogen-powered F-cell. Expect to see a hybrid version of the B-class make series production.

The BlueZero concept seen at the Detroit motor show in January strongly hints at the styling on the new B-class. The spy shots show a more squared off roofline, which leads to its new, larger C-pillars.

The car also appears to be longer than the current model, which should improve interior room for passengers.

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13 October 2009

[quote Autocar]New variants are expected to join the standard hatchback in the range, including a BMW 1-series-rivaling sports hatch and a four-door saloon[/quote]

That is complete utter crap, they will not make a saloon version of the B-Class.

13 October 2009

I hope Hyundai copies this for their Next Gen Accent Hatch in the US. They might, Mercedes still refuses to sell ther A and B class in the States. It wouldnt be like they would be copying off a model thats in the market.

Anyway, everything Mercedes makes is rubbish except for the A-Class B-Class and CLS-Class. Well at least for my driving tastes.

13 October 2009

[quote J400uk]That is complete utter crap, they will not make a saloon version of the B-Class.[/quote]

I think they are talking about a BLS - a smaller version of the CLS (obviously) and it looks bloody good!

http://www.motorward.com/2009/03/mercedes-benz-bls-four-door-coupe-for-2011/

13 October 2009

[quote jelly7961]I think they are talking about a BLS - a smaller version of the CLS [/quote]

Doesnt Cadillac own the rights to that name? (even if they only sell 2 a year)

13 October 2009

What's with the pics of the Dodgy Calibre? Is it an engineering mule or the last remnants of the Daimler/Chrysler tie up and will spawn some other crime against motoring?

13 October 2009

Wizzard, the Current Gen Caliber is about to go through a refresh. The Grille Will mostly be changed.

Fiat decided it would keep the Caliber, and develop a Next Gen on an Alfa Platform.

Also, the PT Cruiser Will stay. It will be pit against 3rd Tier Luxury Subcompacts like the MINI and the Next Generation Hyundai Accent, the Buick Subcompact, the Mercury Subcompact, Coming A1/A2, and the Polo.

The PT will also feature new more fuel efficient powertrains from FIAT.

13 October 2009

Looks Very Next Gen Hyundai Accent like. Which both Sedans I think look damm good. I just wish the A and B class were in the States. That would make for better competition. As the Benchmark for all Future Accents will be A and B classes.

The Accent will be out in 2011 as a 2012 model also. The 3 door Model will be that Veloster Concept that people mistakenly call a Next Gen Tiburon. There will be a 5 Door variant as well. It will feature a 140HP Direct injection, a hybrid, and a 176HP Turbo.

http://www.thecarblogger.net/2009/09/spied-2012-hyundai-accentverna-rb.html

14 October 2009

ive never seen the point in both the a class and b class ditch one or even better ditch both and make a seven seater and call it a smart forseven and let the mercedes brand be for models like sl cls cl slk e ml and c class once more! and now with the inotrduction of the x1 surely the glk class will be bound for the uk

15 October 2009

[quote VX220EDDIE]ive never seen the point in both the a class and b class ditch one or even better ditch both and make a seven seater and call it a smart forseven and let the mercedes brand be for models like sl cls cl slk e ml and c class once more! and now with the inotrduction of the x1 surely the glk class will be bound for the uk
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Firstly the A-Class sells in vast numbers so they won't drop that, and secondly they need the B-Class as people are gradually downsizing to smaller more fuel efficent cars thse days.

There is no market for a 7-seat SMART car, as the brand is all about small city freindly cars, not big MPVs.

As for your comment about the Mercedes GLK, thats a BMW X3 rival, not X1. The Mercedes to rival the X1 will be a 4WD derivative of the next A/B Class.

16 October 2009

The A-B and CLS Classes are by far the best models Mercedes has for my driving tastes. Though with an A class, I would get great fuel economy but I would also be sacrificing a lot of horsepower.

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