MercedesBenz Bclass 5dr hatch range First drive Sharp pricing…

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First drive: Sharp for new B-class

Challenge: Mercedes-Benz is the new B-class will restore its leadership over the BMW 1 Series.

New B-class cheaper than despite vast improvements old model


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MERCEDES-BENZ has officially launched its improved second-generation B-class in with price cuts of up to over the old model, as it attempts to its place at the top of the premium small-car

The new range kicks off at $38,950 on-road costs) for the B180 petrol, which is expected to up 40 per cent of total B-class and comes in $1825 cheaper the current equivalent model fitted with an automatic

The superseded B180 base was also available in six-speed guise from $37,875, but a of demand means there is no option for the new version.

Meanwhile, both the B200 petrol and B200 CDI diesel – the CDI expected to account for 30 per cent of sales, double the previous – are priced from an identical representing savings of $3140 and respectively over the equivalent models.

The B-class was the top-seller in its – small cars priced $40,000 – last year 2211 sales, but diminished of the superseded model has seen it by a host of rivals such as the new BMW 1 so far in 2012.

The new model features a of more frugal petrol and engines, a standard seven-speed transmission, sharper dynamics, interior space and improved over its predecessor, which back to 2005.

Mercedes-Benz group research and development Thomas Weber said “no change in the history of Mercedes-Benz has seen so many new developments in one fell swoop”.

Power for the B180 comes a 1.6-litre direct-injected, turbocharged engine producing 90kW of (up 5kW) at 5000rpm and 200Nm of (up 45Nm) between 1250 and

Improved aerodynamics (official Cd is 0.26) and idle-stop technology on all helps to provide fuel gains of up to 21 per cent over the old with the B180 sipping a 6.1 litres per 100km on the combined and producing 141 grams of CO2 per kilometre.

same engine also the B200, but has been tweaked to 115kW and a 250Nm (15kW and more than before) offering the same 6.1L/100km consumption figure (compared to for the previous model).

The B200 is the petrol variant available at though Benz is expected to add a B250 petrol to the range this year to replace the old Turbo, which was priced $54,217 with either a manual or CVT auto.

The aggressively priced B200 CDI a newly-developed 1.8-litre turbo-diesel that produces 100kW and – 20kW and 50Nm more the 2.0-litre unit found in the generation (confusingly called the CDI).

As expected, the diesel returns the best fuel of any B-class, with claimed of just 4.7L/100km (down and emissions of 122g/km.

This is not as efficient as the 4.5L/100km achieved by the BMW 1 2.0-litre diesel with its automatic transmission, nor as powerful less).

Alongside the wholesale changes comes a new chassis and system said to give the car much improved dynamics. As as a lower centre of gravity, is a new four-link rear axle and stability control system.

The electro-mechanical power steering has also been re-designed to be than before. Mercedes-Benz an 11.0-metre turning circle.

The new is lower, wider and longer but features a shorter wheelbase. The dimensions are (old model in 4359mm long (4272mm), wide (1778mm) and 1558mm (1603mm), with a 2699mm (2779mm).

The seat height in to the road had also been (by 71mm), giving claimed levels of headroom and rear while boot capacity the seats in place is a decent 488

Standard equipment across the includes a multi-function steering MP3 sound system with colour display, Bluetooth and phone streaming, electric brake, iPod media integration, rain-sensing wipers, a load cover, 16-inch alloy wheels, parking cruise control and LED daytime-running

All models also come with nine airbags new side pelvis bags), assist, brakepad wear ESC, run-flat tyres and Prevention Assist, a radar-based system coupled that the driver when it detects

The B200 petrol and diesel feature four-way lumbar on the seats, automatic-dimming interior and mirrors, faux leather and steering wheel, ash wood and chrome interior details, seven-spoke alloys, electrically side mirrors, and chrome and bumper highlights.

An array of packages are also available, the $2490 Vision Package, adds a panoramic sunroof, headlights, a different LED daytime-running design and a black roof

The $2990 COMAND pack a bigger 17.8cm colour with navigation, voice internet connectivity, a better Harmon Kardon sound and a reversing camera.

The $2490 pack (unlike all other only available on the B200s) top-stitched genuine leather with power, memory and and dual-zone climate control.

The Driving Assistance pack safety systems such as Spot Assist, Lane Assist and DISTRONIC autonomous control that has filtered from the S-class limo.

Finally, there are the Sport and packages, which add a host of interior and exterior accoutrements sportier suspension and steering

Metallic paint – seven of which are available – adds a $1190.

The re-invigorated B-class will be complemented in the premium car market by the brand’s all-new substantially sportier) A-class in the quarter of 2013, with expected to start below

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