• Mar 22, 2010
2009 Mercedes-Benz B-Class – Click above for high-res image gallery

Shortly after the next-generation Mercedes-Benz B-Class launches in 2011, it has been reported that the United States will receive its own version of this car. Now, a new report from Automotive News suggests that an AMG-tuned version of the diminutive B-Class could be in the works, as well, set to rival European hot hatches like the Audi S3 and Volkswagen Golf R.

The tuned-up B-Class will be the cheapest AMG offering, in an attempt to attract younger enthusiasts to Mercedes-Benz showrooms. AN reports that the smallest AMG will likely be powered by the all-new 5.5-liter, twin-turbo V8 a specially tuned four-cylinder engine and, like all AMG models, will feature slightly revised body work, better brakes, a sportier suspension and revised interior trim.

Expect the AMG B-Class to launch in Europe around early 2012. No official timing for the U.S.-version of the B-Class has been set, but 2012 seems like a safe bet for that, as well.



[Source: Automotive News – Sub. Req.]


I'm reporting this comment as:

Reported comments and users are reviewed by Autoblog staff 24 hours a day, seven days a week to determine whether they violate Community Guideline. Accounts are penalized for Community Guidelines violations and serious or repeated violations can lead to account termination.


    • 1 Second Ago
  • 21 Comments
      • 4 Years Ago
      i saw one one with mfg plates on the highway the other day. It looked tall, like a square box with little wheels. A small minivan. Kind of lame unless it had 300 hp and awd, then i could get over the looks, maybe.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Its probly just going to be an uprated version of the 200 turbo model thats currently on sale here in Canada. Its a lame duck car to base an AMG model off of thats for sure.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The B class is OK. Kind of a mini mini van thing..... BUT a FWD AMG?? The horror.
      • 4 Years Ago
      AMG needs to stick to its core competencies.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Sticking giant engines wherever they can, and not really bothering with the suspension and whatnot?
      • 4 Years Ago
      You know, if the X5 M and X6 M hadn't cost so much I'd say this takes the cake for the most pointless exercise by an in-house tuning arm. BMW still might narrowly have the edge in terms of purpose, as a tall, boxy, RWD SUV is definitely more interesting than a FWD MPV with a transversely mounted 4-cylinder.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Because this little wheelbarrow is going to get AMG-ified and is expected to compete against the S3/Golfer, that has to mean a B-MG is going to price out at around forty grand.

      Why in the name of health care reform would anyone drop forty large on a zoot-suited B-Class?

      They won't. It's a bad idea.

      I thought Mercedes learned fifteen years ago to stop inventing market segments that don't exist.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Maestro,

        I'd never heard #2 before. That's a totally different equation. I'd agree, if that whole speil can be pulled off for about 40k, they'd be right in the thick of things with the S3/Golf-R, etc. Heck, hopefully for the US, that group would also include a Scirocco/Scirocco-R at some point, too.
        • 4 Years Ago
        1. There is a market for it, and it's the same as the 1-Series, Golf R, S3, Evo etc. Since that market exists Mercedes isn't creating a new market segment. In fact, BMW is technically more guilty of doing that these days (FWD BMW's anyone?).

        2. It will not look like this. All the previous reports said that it will look like a mini CLS which I deem to be a good thing.

        3. It will supposedly have a 3.2L V6 with a pressure-wave supercharger and produce 400hp. It will have All-Wheel Drive and most likely a 7-Speed DCT. I'm pretty sure people are willing to buy such a thing, especially with an AMG badge if they can get such a sports sedan for 40ish grand rather than the entry-level $60k.

        I would definitely consider it if it is going to be the spiritual successor to the 190E Evo II, which is Mercedes' equivalent of the original M3, which in my mind means it's going to be a blast to drive considering AMG are getting their hands on it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      does that mean no B65 AMG biturbo?
        • 4 Years Ago
        mmm burrito. *snaps out of it* what?
      • 4 Years Ago
      FAIL.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Drove one up in Canada. The driving position is one of the worst in the world. I can't imagine who this car appeals to or why.... regardless of how many horsepower are under the hood.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Can you describe the driving position?
      • 4 Years Ago
      The should make an AMG Smart while they're at it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Really now, AMG. First mandatory slushboxes, then the pose-mobile M-Class, now an MPV? Credibility... hanging... by... thread....
      • 4 Years Ago
      It *has* to look better in person. Mercedes couldn't possibly build and market something that looks that goofy...could they?
      It looks like..a Mercedes minivan.
        • 4 Years Ago
        They look WAY better in person. If they were RWD I might have even considered driving one.
        • 4 Years Ago
        1) no it doesn't
        2) yes they could
        3) yes, it does

        The B-class been in the Canadian market for a few years now, and they haven't grown on me as of yet. Still awkward-looking after all these years.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Looks no better in person, same as the pics. I honestly think it would have better luck as a smart product. Much to my dismay, it's actually been selling well up here.
    • Load More Comments