MercedesBenz Bclass Electric Drive tackles BMW’s I3 Autoweek

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Mercedes B-class Electric first look

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The Mercedes-Benz Electric Drive has been a time coming. Its specifications changed several times its unveiling at last year’s New auto show. but Mercedes-Benz its B-class Electric Drive is and (almost) ready to head showrooms.

U.S. dealers get the new Mercedes EV in June. The car’s isn’t as advanced as that of the BMW i3. but the Benz we drove has arguably finishing, with tauter fit and higher-quality detailing—and this was a The B-class seats five and its luggage capacity is a generous cubic feet.

This is the second Mercedes EV, the Smart Fortwo Electric The electric B-class is built on the production line as gasoline, and natural-gas B-classes at M-B’s factory in Germany.

A Tesla-built. electric motor powers the while Benz builds the system. The motor produces 174 hp more than the i3. The 251 lb-ft of makes driving quite a bit fun—there’s enough poke to spin the front wheels from traffic lights. claims a 7.9-second 0-62 mph so this is the fastest B-class you can get hands on, even at 3,858 Top speed is limited to 100 mph, and is 90 miles.

Power delivery is linear, and the car more than energetic for typical city driving. wheel-mounted paddles alter recuperation in three modes aggressive to mild to coast; the disconnects the drivetrain for a free-wheeling

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Tesla ‘s 28.0-kWh battery provides juice to the motor. It is mounted low in the floor the front and rear seats. A in the cabin floor accommodates the but barely impedes on space. time is three hours, and the car has a so-called “up charge” function; it the battery 15 percent more for greater range. Using it is an process: Punch the center button, plug in the car and you’re Benz acknowledges the function best for long battery and hopes customers use it sparingly.

Handling is tidy and predictable, to the low-mounted motor and battery. no sports car, though—added and stiff, run-flat tires firmer springs and dampers, so the is a bit harsh.

Overall, the electric B-class is to operate. It’s practical, and it has quality. First impressions are Benz hasn’t announced yet, but it’s expected to squarely with the i3, so figure $42,000.

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