March 02, 2015: The luxury carmaker Mercedes-Benz India is ready with the second launch of this year and this time its B-Class facelift which is scheduled to be launched on March 11, 2015. The facelifted version gets cosmetic updates both inside out. This upcoming version was first showcased at the last year's Paris Motor Show. The 2015 Mercedes-Benz B-Class will now get redesigned front and rear bumper, LED DRLs with projector headlamps, side skirts, LED tailamps cluster, new alloy design and a bold front grille. The B-Class now offers an option of 16 to 17-inch alloy wheels.
Mercedes Benz B Class is a popular luxury tourer available in the Indian automobile market. It was first introduced with just petrol engine option and later a diesel variant has been added to its portfolio. Now, the car maker has rolled out an exclusive variant christened as Mercedes Benz B Class Edition 1, which is equipped with a 2.2-litre diesel engine. This engine is capable of producing a maximum power of 107.3bhp and yields a superior torque output of 250Nm. The car maker is offering this latest variant with a few additional features like a panoramic glass roof, a set of stylish 17-inch alloy wheels with tremolite grey scheme, electronically adjustable front seats and 'Edition 1' decals on sides. Furthermore, it also has a reverse parking camera and rear seat entertainment system featuring 17.8cm color screen. In addition to these, this trim also gets a rear center armrest with two cup holders, which further adds to the convenience. The luxury tourer has a decent external appearance with expressive lines all over. It also has trendy external features like xenon headlamps including LED DRLs, signature radiator grille with two horizontal louvres and elegant window frames with high gloss black finish. Like the exteriors, its internal cabin is also attractive as it is done up with a black color scheme. The car maker has used high quality leather leather upholstery for its insides, which gives it a luxuriant look.
This vehicle is integrated with three different drive modes like 'Sport', 'Economy' and 'Manual', which works in conjunction 7-speed dual clutch 7G-DCT automatic transmission gearbox to optimize the performance of engine. In addition to this, it is also bestowed with an ECO Start/Stop function, which automatically switches off the engine, when the vehicle is at a standstill. Thus, it saves fuel and improves the overall mileage. The manufacturer is offering this model series with several advanced comfort features like sunvisors with illuminated mirrors, automatic dimming of interior light, three-spoke steering wheel with 12 multi-functional switches and a proficient air conditioning system with pollen filter. On the other hand, it is also integrated with an advanced Audio 20 CD system and a central infotainment unit featuring 14.7cm color display. As far as its safety features are concerned, this tourer has an engine immobilizer, ISOFIX child seat mounting, airbags and a few other occupant restraint systems. It also has active safety functions including ABS with brake assist system, ESP with ASR and hill start assist with hold function. The car maker is offering this vehicle with an attractive 3-year warranty without any limitations regarding mileage.
This Mercedes Benz B Class has a decent external appearance owing to its expressive character lines all over. Its front facade gets trademark radiator grille with two horizontal louvres and company's badge. The headlight cluster is quite large and is equipped with xenon headlamps along with LED daytime running lights and turn indicators. The front bumper has a sporty structure, as it is designed with a wide air dam and air ducts. These are equipped with horizontal strips with integrated LED fog lamps, which dazzles the front fascia. It has a lustrous side profile, thanks to its strong shoulder line well carved wheel arches. The newly launched Edition 1 trim gets a set of stylish body decals along with high-gloss black window frames and wing mirrors. In addition to these, the car maker is also offering it with a set of stylish 16-inch 5 twin-spoke lightweight alloy wheels. On the other hand, the existing variants have body colored ORVMs and door handles along with a chrome waistline molding. The top end version is available with a set of stylish 17-inch alloy wheels, whereas the 'Style' variant is bestowed with 16-inch rims. The rear profile is as attractive as its front facade owing to the neatly carved taillight cluster. It is powered by innovative lighting pattern featuring courtesy lamps, turn indicators and LED brake lights. The tailgate is accompanied by a large windscreen along with a spoiler and wiper. Furthermore, it also houses LED third brake light, which provides additional safety. The rear bumper has a masculine structure as it is fitted with a black protective cladding, which is further fitted with a round shaped exhaust pipe. The overall look of this tourer is complimented by the iconic Mercedes Benz logo embedded on to the tailgate.
This luxury tourer has a total length of 4359mm, an overall height of 1557mm and a decent width of 2010mm (including ORVMs). Its has an overall wheelbase of 2699mm, which is quite long. Its front tread measures at 1522mm, whereas the rear tread is 1549mm, which is quite good.
Editor's take : The B-Class is spacious and it gets the new instrument panel that will be seen on the next generation Mercedes-Benz. Both the rows have decent space and now it even gets a centre arm rest.
This Mercedes Benz B Class model series has a captivating interior design with an attractive color scheme and a lot of chrome inserts. The top end 'Sport' trim gets a black high-gloss ash-wood interior scheme, which is complimented by stainless steel door panels. The car maker used extensive use of ARTICO leather upholstery for its inside to give it a luxuriant finish . This high end variant gets exclusive package, which includes a 3-spoke multi-functional steering wheel with perforated leather, stainless steel pedals with rubber studs and door panels in leather with contrasting top-stitching. Its dashboard has an attractive design with high-gloss black inserts. It is equipped with features like an AC unit, touchscreen infotainment system and a lot of storage spaces. Its central console also has stowage compartment along with a center armrest and drink holders. The car maker is offering the 'Sport' variant along with the newly introduced Edition 1 trim with panoramic glass roof, which further emphasizes its elegance. Both the front seats have electrically adjustable function wherein the driver's seat also has memory function including 4-way lumbar support. However, the newly introduced Edition 1 trim also has front passenger seat with 4-lumbar support and memory function. Furthermore, it also has rear seat entertainment system with 17.8cm color display, which supports video and audio files. The car maker is offering its rear bench seat with 60:40 split folding facility along with an integrated engagement verification indicator. There are several utility features given inside the cabin like accessory power sockets, sun visors, reading lamps and a digital clock.
This model series is bestowed with several advanced comfort features, which ensures a fatigue free traveling experience. Its entry level 'Style' trim has features like an auto dimming interior mirror, sun visors with illuminated vanity mirror, electrically adjustable driver's seats with 4-way lumbar support, adjustable steering column, power windows with one touch control and a proficient air conditioning system with dust and pollen filter. It is also integrated with features like direction indicators with one-touch changing function, retractable load compartment cover, front center armrest for driver and passenger, boot lighting, spare wheel, bag hook and a 12V accessory power socket in rear. This trim is also blessed with an advanced instrument cluster with 11.4cm color screen that displays trip computer, digital clock, fuel gauge, speedometer, tachometer, outside temperature and several other informatics. On the other hand, its 'Edition 1' and 'Sport' variants have been bestowed with some additional features like a rear center armrest with two cup holders and a reverse camera with dynamic guidelines, which provides enhanced convenience.
This tourer is extremely spacious from insides as it is designed with a long wheelbase, width and height. Its cockpit has a headroom of 1013mm along with a shoulder and leg space of 1411mm and 521mm. While the rear cabin has a leg space of 476mm, headroom of 958mm and a total shoulder space of 1382mm.
Editor's take : Despite being 122bhp, the seven-speed dual clutch box on the B-Class improves the acceleration and the torque spread. The diesel is 108bhp and the torque it produces is just fine.
Both the diesel and petrol engines have been mated with an advanced 7G-DCT 7-speed automatic transmission gearbox, which allows them to reach a maximum speed of 190 Kmph. Its diesel variant takes about 10.7 seconds to break the 100 kmph speed mark from a standstill, while the petrol trim takes only about 10.2 seconds to breach it.
Editor's take : The 1.6-litre turbo petrol engine is one of the few petrol engines with direct injection. To extract maximum performance, one has to rev the engine a bit harder. The diesel is the 2.2-litre that produces 108bhp and also comes mated to a seven-speed dual clutch transmission.
It is available with both petrol and diesel engine options. The diesel trims are equipped with an advanced 2.2-litre, in-line diesel engine that has a displacement capacity of 2143cc. It comprises of 4-cylinders and 16-valves, which receives fuel through a fourth generation common rail injection technology. It also has a turbocharger, which enables it to pump out a maximum power output of 107.3bhp at 3200 to 4400rpm that results in a peak torque output of 250Nm between 1400 to 2800rpm. On the other hand, its petrol variant is equipped with a 1.6-litre mill, which displaces 1595cc. It is based on a DOHC valve configuration with 4 in-line cylinders, 16-valves and a direct injection fuel supply system. This mill can pump out 120.7bhp at 5000rpm along with 200Nm between 1250 to 4000rpm. Both these power plants are mated with an advanced 7G-DCT seven speed automatic transmission gearbox, which delivers torque output to the rear wheels.
Editor's take : The mileage is decent, and buyers of vehicles like B-Class might not be too much worried about the fuel economy. The diesel returns about 17 km/l on the highway, if you decided to cruise at 80-90 km/hr, it should return even more.
Its petrol engine is incorporated with a high pressure direct fuel injection technology. This helps it to produce a maximum mileage of 14.8 Kmpl on highways, while delivering a minimum of 11.2 Kmpl on city roads . The diesel engine is integrated with a current generation common rail fuel injection technology. It enables the vehicle to give away a minimum mileage of 13.62 kmpl in urbane conditions, which goes up to a maximum of 18.98 Kmpl on expressways.
Editor's take : The power produced by the B-Class might not impress you on paper, but it is very drivable in the real world. The power is just fine, nothing like the C or the E.
The diesel motor comprises of 4 in-line cylinders and 16-valves based on a DOHC valve configuration . It also has a turbocharger with variable nozzle turbine, which helps it to unleash a maximum power of 107.3bhp along with a commanding torque output of 250Nm. On the other hand, its petrol engine also has 4-cylinder and 16-valves with variable valve timing. Its is also integrated with a turbocharger, which enables it to pump out a maximum power of 120.7bhp in combination with a mammoth torque output of 200Nm, which is quite good.
|Variants||Transmission||Engine Description||Mileage||Power||AC||Power Steering||Central Locking|
4 Cylinder 16 Valve
|11.5||15.0||107.3bhp @ 3200-4400rpm||Standard||Standard||Standard|
4 Cylinder 16 Valve
|11.5||15.0||107.3bhp @ 3200-4400rpm||Standard||Standard||Standard|
4 Cylinder 16 Valve
|7.9||11.9||120.7bhp @ 5000rpm||Standard||Standard||Standard|
Editor's take : The accessories list on the B-Class is also high as it gets navigation, reverse parking camera etc. The Edition 1 also gets rear seat entertainment, which isn’t available on the regular B-Class.
The car maker is offering this model series with a proficient Audio system with a Radio and a 14.7cm color display. In addition to these, it has a USB port and AUX-In socket in the center armrest . This system also supports Bluetooth connectivity for hands-free operation and audio streaming with control switches located on the steering wheel. Apart from this, it is integrated with speed sensing volume control, which gradually increases the volume starting from 20 Kmph. The newly introduced Edition 1 trim is also blessed with a rear seat entertainment system with 17.8cm color display. As far as its accessories are concerned, it gets stylish body graphics with 'Edition 1' lettering on its side profile along with black hub caps and glossy black ORVMs. Apart from these, buyers can customize it with optional accessories provided by the company. These includes all season floor mats, mud flaps, a set of stylish lightweight alloy wheels, AMG door pin, and sports pedal brushed in stainless steel. In addition to these, the list also include stowage crate, shallow boot tub, concertina load sill protector, cool box, tyre pressure gauge and coat hangers.
Editor's take : The handling of the B-Class is decent, however it cannot be compared to any other SUV in that segment. It has some amount of body roll in it.
Its front wheels are fitted with a set of internally vented and perforated brake discs, which are loaded with superior calipers. While the rear ones are coupled with conventional disc brakes, which works fine in all weather conditions. The car maker has also incorporated anti lock braking system, electronic brake force distribution and brake assist system , which augments this mechanism. Its front axle is fitted with a McPherson Strut, while the rear axle is coupled with a four-link suspension system, which keeps the vehicle well balanced. This tourer is also integrated with a rack and pinion based steering with an integral STEER CONTROL, which provides excellent assistance in critical driving situation.
Editor's take : The safety features on the B-Class are plenty. It gets seven airbags, which is first in its segment. Other safety features include ESP, ABS.
All the variants in this series have been bestowed with several sophisticated safety features, which provides unparalleled protection to the occupants. The list includes active safety features like electronic stability program with acceleration skid control, ABS with EBD and hill start assist with hold function. It also has features like ATTENTION ASSIST, electric parking brake with comfort function, adaptive brake lights and tyre pressure loss warning. Furthermore this model series also has crash responsive emergency lighting, brake pad wear indicator and seat belt warning light. This Mercedes Ben B Class also has restraint features like airbags, five adjustable head restraints and ISOFIX child seat mountings. Apart from these, its locking and security features include electronic engine immobilizer, automatic-locking doors with emergency opening, central locking system with interior switch, crash sensor and an infrared remote control with visible locking-verification signal.
The 'Style' trim and the newly launched 'Edition 1' variant are bestowed with a set of 16-inch, 5-twin spoke, lightweight alloy wheels with matte black finish. These rims are covered with 205/55 R16 sized tubeless radial tyres . While the top end variant is being offered with 17-inch, 7-twin spoke alloy wheels, which are covered with 225/45 R17 sized radial tubeless tyres.
1. ECO start/stop function improves its fuel economy.
2. Eye-catching interior design with ample leg and shoulder space.
3. Decent external appearance with attractive cosmetics.
4. Roomy luggage space and fuel tank adds to its advantage.
5. Safety and comfort features are at par with other contenders.
1. Price range can be more competitive.
2. Acceleration and pickup is not as good as other models.
3. Low ground clearance is its big drawback.
4. Navigation system and paddle shifters can be offered as standard.
5. Cost of maintenance and service is quite expensive.
|B180 CDI |
|28,31,000||28,81,329||27,95,713||28,81,329||25,60,564||28,24,537||29,37,586||Get On Road Price|
|Edition 1 |
|30,49,000||31,03,205||30,20,257||31,03,205||30,04,087||31,03,205||31,33,320||Get On Road Price|
|B180 Sports |
|29,42,700||29,95,015||29,13,068||28,81,328||26,63,914||29,38,223||30,52,459||Get On Road Price|
The luxury carmaker Mercedes-Benz India is ready with the second launch of this year and this time its B-Class facelift which is scheduled to be launched on March 11, 2015. The facelifted version gets cosmetic updates both inside out. This upcoming version was first showcased at the last year’s Paris Motor Show.
Mercedes Benz unveiled the much awaited facelift version of B-Class. Since its inception in 2011, the German manufacturer has globally retailed more than 3,50,000 cars and with the updated model soon to be made available, the automaker looks to touch new heights. The car is expected to be made available in Indian showrooms by early 2015 while for the rest of the world, the sales have already commenced with a price tag of £22,575 (Rs 22.57 lakh).
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