The Electric Drive model. It would appear that if Mercedes does proceed with this plan, it will likely be positioned as a premium alternative to dedicated green family vehicles like Toyota Prius v and Ford C-Max.

While Mercedes won't be the first luxury automaker to venture into the B-segment, it will likely be the first to bring an all-electric vehicle to this market. Using a Tesla-sourced lithium-ion battery pack, the Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive is expected to be able to travel up to 124 miles at a go, with a top speed of 93 miles per hour.

Mercedes-Benz will be applying the Electric Drive moniker to all of its future electric vehicles, and it definitely had a strong EV presence at the 2012 Paris Motor Show with B-Class Electric Drive and SLS AMG Electric Drive both on display; the the new Smart ForTwo Electric Drive is going on sale next year.


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      T-Mille
      • 2 Years Ago
      Why does America always get watered-down versions of European cars?
      Rob J
      • 2 Years Ago
      After driving a B class many, many times here in Canada, I can tell you that it's better off not coming to America. It drives/rides like a Honda Fit for twice the price and there is almost no "luxury" in it at all.
      desinerd1
      • 2 Years Ago
      Knowing Mercedes, it will probably cost $50000. + $1000 for any color other than white + $3000 to upgrade from plastic seats
      Mercer
      • 2 Years Ago
      B-class will be sold in Canada as 2.0T with DSG. Not "America", B-class just avoid the United States of America.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      Jerry Teets
      • 2 Years Ago
      Noooooooo, bring it with the 2.0 diesel. Preferably with AWD. That's the package.
      Letstakeawalk
      • 2 Years Ago
      B-Class F-Cell is already available here. http://articles.latimes.com/2011/apr/21/business/la-fi-0421-autos-mercedes-fcell-revie20110421
        lostjr
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Letstakeawalk
        f by "here" you mean LA. The San Francisco MB dealer would love to have the regular B, (we buy a lot of small, expensive cars) but LA and SF are not "America".
        JR
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Letstakeawalk
        If by "here" you mean LA. The San Francisco MB dealer would love to have the regular B, (we buy a lot of small, expensive cars) but LA and SF are not "America".
        Brent Jatko
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Letstakeawalk
        But only in Los Angeles.
          pmpjunkie01
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Brent Jatko
          It's a 200 unit batch, lease only. 70 go to California for $849 a month including Insurance and all you can eat (drive) hydrogen. The other 130 are going to select markets around the globe. Mercedes seems to be getting real serious about electric drive, they have a range of EV's from bikes to trucks for sale already: http://www.daimler.com/dccom/0-5-1391922-1-1402053-1-0-0-0-0-0-0-7165-0-0-0-0-0-0-0.html
      tbird57w
      • 2 Years Ago
      A Mercedes for everybody. Soon-"I own a Mercedes.". "who doesn't?"
        American Refugee
        • 2 Years Ago
        @tbird57w
        Yeah, that's a terrible problem to have, everyone buying and owning your product. The horror! This car (including the A class) has been on sale in Europe for more then a decade, and the Mercedes brand is as strong there as anywhere. People get that making a cheap good car is a difficult technical feat as well. It's not about status, it's about quality.
        MyerShift
        • 2 Years Ago
        @tbird57w
        Exactly. It devalues the brand.
          Kumar
          • 2 Years Ago
          @MyerShift
          ...devalues the brand in the US. This previous B class has been on sale in just about every other country.
      Peter
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'll buy that car only if I can get that paint job stock.
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