• Oct 21, 2010
Mercedes-Benz B-Class – Click above for high-res image gallery

A few details have surfaced surrounding the upcoming new Mercedes-Benz B-Class. According to Autocar, the Silver Arrow is cooking up something special for the hatchback's platform. In addition to being able to build the tall-roof B-Class on the new bones, the MFA structure will also serve as host for a sleeker Audi A3-style creation. Sharing chassis points between models is nothing new, but Autocar sites Jorg Prigl, the head of development for the A-Class, B-Class and Smart, as saying that it's the architecture's versatility that makes it noteworthy. In addition to being built to house a number of internal-combustion powerplants, Prigl says that the MFA platform is also made to accommodate any number of alternative power solutions.

That includes space for a battery pack, a fuel cell, hydrogen or compressed natural gas tanks. From the sounds of things, Mercedes-Benz is planning to make the new B-Class as light on its feet as possible when it comes to alternative energy drivetrains.

Autocar says that the platform is so unique that Mercedes-Benz is seeking to patent the design. That patent may be unveiled as soon as late January of 2011. Sadly, there is no additional word on whether the B-Class will make it to U.S. dealers, but last we heard, the model will make it to our market along with a companion crossover.




[Source: Autocar]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      I thought the picture was of the current generation B-class? The next generation is supposed to be quite radical looking, not like the rather conventional econo-hatchback looking current generation. Funny that people are already bashing the car in the photo that does not reflect in any way (except perhaps size) of the next-gen model that's supposedly coming to the U.S. The original article on Autocar has pictures of something that's probably more reflective of the car the article is about.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I hope not!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Well, to be frank, they couldn't make it any worse than the current B-Class.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Is that a cross-branded rebadged Aveo?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Honey, someone shrank the R-class!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I really think this is a smart product for the U S.
      A down economy makes it cool to be practical.
      CNG option on dash is cool too.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Only smart if it's made on this continent to avoid bad exchange rates.

        Also needs to have a more sensible price, or more defined packages for beginners to the brand who aren't used to the usual a la cart pricing that can balloon the price.

        Oh, and diesel would be nice too.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I had a B200cdi for two months last year in Paris. Great little car. Would probably do best for price with a Golf in that size-range, but I thought it was flawless overall.
      • 4 Years Ago
      These are up here in Canada and I thought they would have been much better looking with a larger set of wheels. They had these dorky little wheels on them. It really looked like a MB wanna be car. You would have been way better off with a Mazda 3 hatch loaded up or a nice Golf or Golf GTI.
      • 4 Years Ago
      We've had the B200 and B200 turbo here in Canada for a few years now. They're mostly driven by middle-aged women though.
      I'm a late 20s guy but I'm shopping for 5-door hatchbacks. The I like the functionality of the B class but its specs aren't anything special compared to its competition, especially for the price. You'd be better off buying a Mazda3 hatch and getting much more for your money.
      I'd start seriously considering the B-class if they would give us the B200 CDI ...
      • 4 Years Ago
      I would imagine a large percentage of Americans buy MBs because they are percieved here as an elite luxury brand. For better or worse, I do not think something like what's pictured above would help bolster that image in the mind of the average American. MB had better be careful...
      • 4 Years Ago
      These are already in Southern California. I see them 2-3 times every week, different drivers and colors.
        • 4 Years Ago
        B-Class legally in California? ... No. Maybe with BC plates...
        • 4 Years Ago
        I have no idea what they're being used for. Here is everything I know:

        I have seen them in several different colors.

        I have only seen them on the 405.

        They have non-dealer, normal California plates.

        They are always driven by people in business attire.

        They have no camouflage of any kind.

        I have only seen them on week days.
        • 4 Years Ago
        California plates, and not dealer ones either.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Agreed howdareyou but I also need room for 3 hockey bags + sticks and 1 set of goalie pads.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Then a B class isn't for you. Why is it that every car has to tailor to everybody's individual needs?
      • 4 Years Ago
      it looks like someone shrunk the r-class!
        • 4 Years Ago
        I like the R-Class. It's a really a good minivan.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Given how poorly the R-class sold, you'd think Benz would have picked a different styling direction for the new car.
        • 4 Years Ago
        "Given how poorly the R-class sold, you'd think Benz would have picked a different styling direction for the new car."

        The current B-class in the picture is a six year old design; it went on sale a year before the R-Class.
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