2012 MercedesBenz BClass

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Mercedes-Benz A 180 AT Base

2011 Frankfurt Auto

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2011 Frankfurt Show

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releases official photos of the B-class ahead of the Frankfurt show.

The 2012 B-Class go on sale across Europe in

The B-Class uses a new front-wheel-drive that’s expected to underpin the A-Class, as well as future to the Mercedes lineup.

STUTTGART, Mercedes-Benz has released official of the second-generation B-class, the first to be based on Mercedes’ new front-wheel MFA (modular front architecture) car platform. Set to be revealed at the upcoming Frankfurt Auto Show. the B-Class will go on sale Europe in November as an up-market to the Volkswagen Touran, Ford and Citroen C4 Picasso among

The move to the new MFA platform, which in form will also the third-generation A-Class due out next comes after the first-generation was based on Mercedes-Benz’s so-called platform. It featured a flat that, while providing levels of safety, created in interior accommodation due its lack of footwells.

By adopting a more conventional Mercedes-Benz claims the new B-Class is to offer even greater of safety together with space both front and A new range of four-cylinder gasoline and engines in combination with new are also said to provide it class-leading levels of fuel and tailpipe emissions.

No model in the history of Mercedes-Benz has ever so many new developments introduced in one swoop, says Thomas member of the board responsible for and development.

While no plan has officially announced to sell the new in North America, the B-Class is to arrive in the U.S. in 2012. elements of the new B-Class will be seen on future entry-level from Mercedes-Benz to be sold beginning in 2013, including a four-door coupe called the and a junior SUV likely to be marketed as the

Stylistically, the new B-Class follows the forged by its predecessor but with taken from Mercedes-Benz’s Blue Zero concept Key features include a one-box distinctive headlamps with LED graphics, a wide twin-slat high waistline, heavy within the body sides and an tailgate.

Official dimensions by Mercedes-Benz reveal the new second-generation to be 3.5 inches longer, 0.4 inch and 1.9 inches lower than its The increase in size has provided the for improvements to the interior; the front are set lower and boast more positioning than before, a lengthened wheelbase brings rear seat legroom the company’s flagship S-Class at inches (achieved in part by a mechanism that allows 5.5 of fore/aft rear seat and an additional 4.3 cubic feet of capacity over the first-generation at a nominal 23.5 cubic

Mercedes-Benz A 180 AT Base

Mercedes-Benz is talking up the aerodynamic of the new B-Class prior to its unveiling in claiming it possesses a drag of 0.26. But that’s not all. The automaker confirms an upcoming Blue Efficiency model for sale in Europe in 2012 further optimized aerodynamics are said to see it reach an outstanding-by-MPV-standards a figure that makes the hatchback as aerodynamically efficient as the E-Class sedan.

The second-generation B-Class will be with a range of small-capacity direct-injection gasoline and common-rail engines developed from units in the Mercedes-Benz lineup. replace the first-generation B-Class which were conceived for its flat floor design and now ceased production due to their with any other future in the German carmaker’s lineup.

the new engines is a turbocharged 1.6-liter of Mercedes-Benz’s M271 engine as to other Mercedes-Benz models in 1.8-liter guise. It has been to slot transversely into the new model’s engine bay, 120 horsepower and 147 pound-feet of torque in the B180 and a peppier 154 hp and 184 lb-ft in the

Also available from the of European sales shortly the B-Class’ debut in Frankfurt be a new 1.8-liter version of Mercedes-Benz’s diesel engine. Reduced in from 2.1-liters, it delivers 107 hp and 184 in the B180 CDI and 134 hp and 221 lb-ft in the B200

Drive is sent to the front via a new standard six-speed manual It is based around a three-shaft that Mercedes-Benz says lower frictional losses and a precise shift action the old gearbox. Buyers will be able to order the new B-Class an in-house-developed seven-speed double-clutch Both gearboxes feature stop/start and brake energy functions.

Together with gasoline and diesel engines, is also preparing to offer the new with a upgraded version of its fuel-cell system in a limited-production model, which is said to the way for a series production version of the model due out in 2015.

Together standard front-wheel drive, has engineered its new MFA platform to support four-wheel drive using a multiplate clutch to channel simultaneously to the front and rear depending on grip levels. It is to be offered on the B-Class in selected although Mercedes-Benz refused to Edmunds.com with details to the car’s official unveiling.

Edmunds.com says: The phrase certainly applies to the 2012 with massive changes its arrival in the U.S. market a thing.

Mercedes-Benz A 180 AT Base
Mercedes-Benz A 180 AT Base

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