March 11, 2015: Mercedes-Benz today launched the facelift model of its already available B-Class in India.The refreshments given to this model adds sagacity to the its conventional styling with a number of new attributes resembling the new generation C-Class.
The facelift flaunts new front and rear bumpers, daytime running lamps with projectors while the tail lamps get LED elements. While facelifts are generally restricted to cosmetic bits, this company has tweaked a bit in that department too. It gets the same 2.1-litre diesel engine that also does duty under the bonnet of the CLA and GLA and produces 135 bhp of power and 300Nm of peak torque. The petrol variant however, still gets the petrol 1.6-litre unit which makes 121bhp.
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|Variants||Fuel Type||Transmission||Engine Description||Mileage||Power|
|B200 CDI Sport||Diesel||Automatic||2143cc
||15.3||19.7||136bhp @ 3600-4400rpm|
||10.5||14.8||122bhp @ 5000rpm|
Mercedes-Benz B-Class was first introduced in two trim levels, but now, the manufacturer has launched it in one trim level with petrol and diesel engine option. Its diesel version is equipped with a 2.1-litre engine, whose power capabilities have been improved. It now has the ability to churn out a peak power of 134.10bhp and yields a pounding torque output of 300Nm, which is around 30bhp and 50Nm more than its predecessor. Its petrol version is fitted with the same 1.6-litre mill, which is mated to a seven speed automatic transmission gear box. To start with its exterior updates, this vehicle gets new LED headlamps along with restyled front bumper and a slightly modified radiator grille. At the same time, its taillight cluster too gets updates, while its rear bumper gets chrome accents. Coming to the interiors, this latest version gets an all new three spoke steering wheel, which is also seen in the newly introduced CLA class. At the same time, its instrument cluster too gets some tweaks that renders a new look to the cabin. In terms of features, this latest version is now blessed with an multimedia system featuring a high resolution 17.8 cm touchscreen display that eventually adds to the customer excitement. Besides these, the manufacturer is now offering this entire model series with panoramic sunroof as a standard feature. This vehicle is integrated with three different drive modes, which includes 'Sport', 'Economy' and 'Manual', which works in conjunction with the advanced 7-speed dual clutch automatic transmission gear box that optimizes the overall performance of its 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 helps to improve the fuel economy by reducing the consumption. It is also integrated safety features like an engine immobilizer, airbags, ISOFIX child seat mounting and a few other occupant restraint systems. This model series also gets active safety functions including ESP with ASR, anti lock braking system with brake assist system, and hill start assist with hold function that enhances the on road stability and agility.
With its front radiator grille revised with matt iridium silver garnish, this newly launched version has a bit of sporty appeal rather than decent stance like its predecessor. The design of the headlight cluster remains to be same as its predecessor, but it is now equipped with powerful LED headlamps along with signature daytime running lights that gives a dynamic appeal to the frontage. Its front bumper is now fitted with restyled fog lamps along with a metallic lower cladding. Coming to the sides, it has a lustrous structure thanks to its expressive shoulder line and neatly carved fenders. The manufacturer is offering both the variants in this series with a sturdy set of 16-inch, 10-spoke design lightweight alloy wheels. On the other hand, its has standard exterior features like body colored ORVMs including door handles along with high gloss black window sills. Coming to the rear, it has a very attractive design owing to its neatly carved taillight cluster. It is powered by innovative LED inspired lighting pattern featuring courtesy lamps, turn indicators and brake lights. The tailgate design remains unchanged and is accompanied by a large windscreen along with a spoiler and wiper. Additionally, it also houses LED third brake light for added safety. The rear bumper gets a masculine structure as is now fitted with a chrome accentuated strip. The overall look of this tourer is complimented by the prominent company logo embedded on to the tailgate.
This facelifted version gets slight updates to its exterior dimension, as its total length has increased to 4393mm, but the height stands at same 1557mm. It also has a decent width of 2010mm (including ORVMs) and a 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.
It has a captivating interior design that is now decorated with additional metallic accents along with contrast red stitching on steering wheel cover and seating upholstery. This latest version of model series received a series of updates inside the cabin rending an ultra modern look to the cabin. It is now bestowed with ambient lighting scheme that features 12 different colors, which amplifies the cabin with different themes. The car maker used extensive use of ARTICO leather upholstery for covering the seats and steering wheel in order to give a luxuriant finish to the insides. The most important aspect is that both the front seats have electrical adjustment facility, wherein its driver's seat also has memory function along with 4-way lumbar support. The manufacturer has retained the design of dashboard, but it is now done up with a carbon fiber finish, which gives a distinctive look to the cabin. It is equipped with features like an AC unit, touchscreen infotainment system and a lot of storage spaces. While the central console is houses features like stowage compartment along with a center armrest and drink holders. This model series is now blessed with a brand new 3-spoke multi-functional steering wheel, which has a lot of chrome accents and multi-functional switches. The car maker is offering its rear bench seat with 60:40 split folding facility that only helps to increase the already massive boot volume.
It is currently available in only one trim level namely 'Sport' that has all the important comfort and convenience features on board. This series also has features like retractable load compartment cover, direction indicators with one-touch changing function, boot lighting, front center armrest for driver and passenger, bag hook and a 12V accessory power socket in rear. Furthermore, it is also blessed with a refined instrument cluster that displays information related to the vehicle's speed, trip computer, fuel gauge, digital clock, tachometer, speedometer, outside temperature and several other informatics. Besides these, it also gets an electrically adjustable panoramic sunroof that helps to improve the ambiance inside. The list of features include auto dimming interior mirror, electrically adjustable driver's seats with 4-way lumbar support, sun visors with illuminated vanity mirror, power windows with one touch control, adjustable steering column and an advanced automatic conditioning system with dust and pollen filter.
Its front cabin has a total headroom that is increased to 1047mm, whereas the shoulder and leg space remains to be same with 1411mm and 521mm respectively. The rear cabin has a total leg space of 476mm, an increased headroom of 985mm and a total shoulder space of 1382mm. This luxury tourer has a huge cabin space than anyone can anticipate owing to its long wheelbase along with decent width and height.
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.
Its diesel trim can break the 100 Kmph speed mark in 10.7 seconds, whereas its petrol trim takes only about 10.2 seconds to breach it. It is blessed with an advanced 7-speed DCT dual-clutch automatic transmission gearbox irrespective of engine. It sends the torque output to the front wheels. This gearbox allows its petrol version to reach a top speed of 200 Kmph, while allowing its diesel version to go upto a maximum of 210 Kmph.
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. Its petrol variant is equipped with the same 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 to an advanced 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission gear box that distributes the torque output to its front wheels. However, its diesel motor has received some modifications, which increased its overall power and torque output. It is the same 2.2-litre, in-line diesel engine that has a displacement capacity of 2143cc. Its cylinder configuration too remains to be same with 4-cylinders and 16-valves, which receives fuel through a fourth generation common rail injection technology. This motor is incorporated with a turbocharger for better power output. It is now capable of producing a peak power of 134.10bhp at 3600 to 4400rpm and yields a pounding torque output of 250Nm between 1600 to 3000rpm.
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 diesel engine received a minor update, but its fuel efficiency remains to be unchanged. This power plant has the latest generation common rail fuel injection technology that helps to produce a minimum mileage of 13.62 Kmpl on city roads and 18.98 Kmpl on expressways. There is no update given to its petrol engine and it continues to deliver the same mileage as its earlier version. It is incorporated with a high pressure direct fuel injection technology that enables it to deliver a maximum mileage of 14.8 Kmpl.
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.
Its petrol variant is powered by the same motor that has 4-cylinder and 16-valves with variable valve timing technology. Its is also integrated with a turbocharger that enables it to pump out a maximum power of 120.7bhp in combination with a mammoth torque output of 200Nm. Its diesel motor has the same DOHC valve configuration like its predecessor with 4 in-line cylinders and 16-valves. However, its power output has been increased to a maximum of 134.10bhp, whereas its torque output raised to 300Nm, which is rather impressive.
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.
It has an advanced CD player that supports various file formats including MP3, WMA, AAC and WAV. This system is also integrated with connectivity features like 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. The car maker is now offering this model series with a new generation Telematics Audio 20 in-car entertainment system featuring a CD player, radio and a high resolution media display of size 17.8cms. Apart from this, it is integrated with speed sensing volume control, which gradually increases the volume starting from 20 Kmph. Beside these, it also supports navigation system with pre-installed apps. As far as its accessories are concerned, 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.
There is no update given to its braking mechanism or suspension system, as changes are mostly related to the cosmetics. In terms of suspension, its front axle is coupled with a McPherson Strut and the one gets a four-link suspension system, which keeps the vehicle well balanced. This luxury tourer is also blessed with a proficient rack and pinion based steering with an integral STEER CONTROL, which provides excellent assistance in critical driving situation. Its front wheels are fitted with a set of internally vented and perforated brake discs, whereas its rear ones are coupled with conventional disc brakes. It is further assisted by anti lock braking system and electronic brake force distribution along with brake assist system, which augments this mechanism.
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.
This model series is now available in one trim level only and is bestowed with a series of sophisticated safety features. This latest version of this series also has restraint features like airbags, five adjustable head restraints and ISOFIX child seat mountings. Furthermore this model series also has crash responsive emergency lighting, seat belt warning light and brake pad wear indicator. The list also includes active safety features like ABS with EBD, electronic stability program with acceleration skid control, and hill start assist with hold function. 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. It also has aspects like ATTENTION ASSIST, adaptive brake lights, electric parking brake with comfort function, and tyre pressure loss warning.
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. 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.
1. Panoramic sunroof is present.
2. ECO start/stop function improves its fuel economy.
3. Eye-catching interior design with carbon fiber finish on dashboard.
4. Generous boot space is an advantage.
5. Comfort section is well equipped.
1. Maintenance can be expensive
2. Ground clearance is low.
3. Acceleration and pick-up is disappointing.
4. COMAND Online multimedia system is missing.
5. Price tag is quite high.
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