Monobox mini-MPV given major boost ahead of 2011 launch
24 May 2010

The new Mercedes B-class, mooted for launch next year, could go on sale in the US.

Mercedes' US arm is said to be keen on the monobox mini-MPV's design, and company bosses are said to be keen to push the car into as many markets as possible.

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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 also 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 here 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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25 May 2010

I very much doubt this 4-door saloon variant of the B-Class you keep talking about will materialise!

25 May 2010

I'm not sure that Americans will buy into the whole hatchback thing......

Hatchbacks don't tend to catch on in places where fuel is cheap because they can afford the fuel it takes to run a car that hasnt had the back chopped off.

Apparently even the BMW 5 series GT is flopping in America.. But that may be more to do with it being pig ugly..... who knows.......

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