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.
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.