MercedesBenz BClass UKVersion (2012)

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Mercedes B-Class UK-Version

is entering a new era of compact cars the launch of the all-new B-Class. The in a series of inter-related compact to come from Mercedes-Benz, it has a complete change from its . The only thing the new Mercedes-Benz shares with its predecessor is its

It is based on all-new architecture, it is by new four-cylinder direct-injection BlueEFFICIENCY and diesel engines which are up to 26 per more efficient that in the outgoing model, while a new rear suspension contributes greater levels of agility.

Its and more aerodynamic styling, a best-in-class Cd of 0.26 and an optional ECO to come which will this to an incredible 0.24, an even roomier cabin much-improved materials and trim and it is offered with peerless and connectivity features.

The new Mercedes-Benz launches with a 14-strong line-up based on four two transmissions and two trim levels. start at £21,295 for the B 180 SE manual, to £26,160 for the B 200 CDI Sport with the new seven-speed 7G-DCT (dual-clutch Buyers can upgrade with the Exclusive Package (SE £1,535 £1,055).

Leading the way for fuel is the B 200 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY Sport, powered by a new version of the OM651 third-generation turbo diesel engine. is the first time it has been in a transverse installation. The same in a milder state of tune is used in the B 180 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY. Both deliver combined fuel of 64.2 mpg, while CO2 are only 115 g/km with the B 180 CDI SE manual.

2012 Mercedes-Benz UK-Version

Petrol versions of the new — the B180 BlueEFFICIENCY and B 200 — benefit from an 1.6-litre direct-injection engine, M270, which takes of the combustion processes developed for the BlueDIRECT V6 and V8 units. They improvements in fuel economy and CO2 of up to 12 per cent compared with in the previous model. All four are fitted with ECO start/stop as and can be ordered with the new 7G-DCT transmission) costing £1,450.

The new B-Class is almost five lower than the car it replaces, it a more dynamic appearance and without impacting on the space The lower centre of gravity, new rear suspension and energy-saving power steering result in precise handling while that it is light and manoeuvrable in the of narrow streets. Sport have 15mm lower suspension with firmer and dampers and faster-acting Direct power steering. All versions an electronic parking brake as

The reduction in overall height the seats 34 mm lower than in the model, while the driving is now more upright in response to requests. Yet despite this has been increased and the Mercedes-Benz now offers class-best rear With all seats in place the has 486 litres of cargo space, the option of a height-adjustable load floor.

The 60:40 split seats fold almost to enlarge the luggage area to a of 1,545 litres. The new B-Class can be ordered with Easy-Vario (£515) sliding and tilting seats complete with a centre armrest featuring cupholders. It also includes a luggage floor.

The interior and particularly the width of the cabin, is by the exterior design. This is by a broad and prominent grille and which spread to the sides of the At the rear there is a wide window mounted in a large with a low loading sill. The low co-efficient of drag is especially from the side in the way the bonnet into the A-pillar and roofline. wheel arches house 16- or standard alloys, while the part of the bodywork features side skirts.

The world-best of the new Mercedes-Benz B-Class were with the help of complex calculations and flow simulations. and prototypes spent around hours in the wind tunnel, and than 275,000 computer were invested in digital simulation.

One aerodynamic trick is of special mention: the patented front wheel arches channel air over the front These innovative serrated combine with slots in the arches and aerodynamically optimised to considerably reduce flow

Equally comprehensive measures a smooth airflow along the The floor features extensive up to the rear wheel arches, by additional cladding around the axle. Even the rear has undergone aerodynamic tuning.

The ECO package which will be an on all versions of the B-Class lowers the height, seals the rear joints and adds cladding to the chassis components.

High-quality and finely structured surfaces the interior of the new B-Class. The beautifully interior is the result of studies by Daimler’s Customer Research (CRCs) and the unstinting work of the Advanced Design Studio in Italy.

The Advanced Design is housed at the Villa Salazar dates back to the 1750s and was used by the Italian fashion Gianni Versace to produce and cravats before Mercedes-Benz it over in February 1998.

The can give free rein to ideas without having to consider series production. The use an appreciation model to bring ideas to life and then for a way to take them through to production.

At the Daimler Customer Centres, there are no predetermined that interviewees must to, as with a traditional survey. these CRCs have is that the ideal vehicle has a good balance between the and the new and progressive. The ideal is to do justice to as different ideals as possible. In where they cannot be personalisation is key.

With the new for example, Mercedes-Benz makes easy using three packages, as well as providing a range of different trim and colour choices.

SE versions are with silver chrome and are fitted as standard with the and Light package of rain-sensing Headlamp Assist, a three-spoke steering wheel, air conditioning, an parking brake, ambient Active Park Assist and an 20 CD/radio player with and USB interfaces. Unique interior on Sport models include, others, Silver Honeycomb heat-insulating dark tinted a reversing camera, Headlamp brushed stainless steel pedals with rubber and Artico artificial leather

In keeping with other Mercedes-Benz model introductions, the new B-Class is fitted with an of advanced occupant protection It is the first car in the world with a collision warning system, PREVENTION ASSIST featuring Brake Assist. All versions are fitted with ATTENTION while optional safety include Lane Keeping and Blind Spot Assist as of the £785 Lane-Tracking Package Limit Assist, Intelligent System (£1,460 on SE, £580 on models) and PRE-SAFE (£345).

The of Mercedes-Benz luxury comfort and features which has cascaded to the compact car model is no less and includes as options COMAND (£2,100), a Harmon Kardon surround-sound system (£690) and PLUS (£900).

The two petrol in the new Mercedes-Benz B-Class are all-new four-cylinder direct-injection 1.6-litre designed for both transverse and installation. In the B 180 BlueEFFICIENCY this new cc unit — featuring camshaft control, reduced friction, intelligent oil pump and highly efficient generator develops 122 hp at an easy-going 5,000 rpm and 200 Nm of constant from 1,250-4,000 rpm for relaxed yet spirited performance.

the six-speed manual gearbox it from 0-62 mph in 10.4 and has a top speed of 118 mph, yet thanks to the EFFICIENCY measures it is capable of mpg, keeping CO2 emissions to 138-144 g/km, depending on and tyre size. With the transmission, 0-62 mph acceleration to 10.2 seconds, while the top and fuel consumption remain the The CO2 emissions are 138-145 g/km.

For the B 200 the power increases to 156 hp at 5,300 with maximum torque of 250 Nm, remaining constant from rpm. The manual and DCT versions have a top speed of 137 mph and fuel of 45.6 mpg, but while the accelerates from 0-62 mph in 8.6 and has CO2 emissions of 144 g/km, the seven-speed DCT is quicker (8.4 seconds) and has CO2 of 145 g/km.

The new 1.8-litre (1,796 cc) common-rail diesel engine for B-Class also comes a choice of two power options. In the B 180 CDI it delivers 109 hp at 3,200-4,600 rpm with 250 Nm of consistently between 1,400 and rpm. It accelerates from mph in 10.9 seconds on the way to a top speed of 118 and delivers combined fuel of 64.2mpg with CO2 emissions of mpg, depending on the wheels and fitted (DCT: 10.7 118 mph, 64.2 mpg, CO2 116-122 g/km).

The B 200 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY identical fuel economy and CO2 to the B 180 CDI, despite increases in output to 136 hp at 3,600-4,400 rpm and 300 Nm between and 3,000 rpm. This brisk acceleration from mph in 9.5 seconds (DCT 9.3 seconds), a top speed for both versions of 130

The new Mercedes-Benz B-Class launches a 14-strong model line-up on four direct-injection turbocharged two transmissions and two trim levels SE and Sport. Prices start at for the B 180 SE manual, rising to £26,160 for the B 200 CDI with the new Mercedes-Benz seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.

The first of an family of new compact front-wheel-drive from Mercedes-Benz, it is the most car in its class, with a Cd of just This will fall to an 0.24 with the ECO Technology due to be introduced soon after Models and prototypes spent 1,100 hours in the wind and more than 275,000 hours were invested in airflow simulation.

Mercedes-Benz drivers will have the of comprehensively equipped SE or athletic variants. Distinguishing exterior on SE versions of the new B-Class are 16-inch wheels, projection beam round LED daytime running with a chrome surround, a grille with three and a Brilliant Silver chrome The B-Class Sport has 18-inch alloy wheels, bi-Xenon bar-design LED daytime running with chrome surround, LED lights and a radiator grille chrome trim and two louvres in Black.

Standard equipment includes a fully integrated ECO start/stop an Audio 20 sound system a 5.8-inch colour display, interface Headlamp Assist automatic light activation, ASSIST to alert a potentially driver, COLLISION PREVENTION to warn of and possibly prevent a with a vehicle or stationary ahead and Active Park

The patented advanced front arches which channel air the front wheels feature serrated spoilers that with slots in the wheel and the aerodynamically optimised alloy to considerably reduce flow

The forecourt-shunning B 200 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY Sport is by a new 1.8-litre version of the OM651 common-rail turbo diesel — the first time it has used in a transverse installation. The version delivers combined economy of 64.2 mpg, CO2 emissions are only 115 g/km.

versions of the new B-Class — the BlueEFFICIENCY and B 200 BlueEFFICIENCY — from an all-new 1.6-litre engine that brings in fuel economy and CO2 emissions of up to 12 per compared with those in the previous model.

The sandwich-floor of the original Mercedes-Benz B-Class has way to a conventional monocoque body but with a twist. Mercedes-Benz have devised an Energy body concept, which the main floor panel to be with a step beginning the driver’s seat and running with just one extra in the production process.

At 4,359 mm and 1,786 mm wide, the new B-Class is 89 mm and 11 mm wider than the model it which endows it with not a more spacious and more cabin, but also a more profile. By far the biggest contributor to its dynamic appearance, however, is the in height of 48 mm, with an increase in

The beautifully crafted interior of the new is the result of studies conducted by Customer Research Centres and the unstinting work of the Mercedes-Benz Design Studio, housed at the Salazar in Como, Italy.

all seats in place the B-Class has 486 of cargo space, with the of a height-adjustable load compartment The 60:40 split rear fold almost flat to the luggage area to a maximum of litres. The new B-Class can also be with Easy-Vario Plus sliding and tilting rear

Three large central vents sit below a 5.8-inch or screen, which seems to in mid-air. It has an ornamental frame a galvanised surface, contrasting the piano black of the front and a TFT colour display. The menus on the are operated using the controller in the console.

The second-generation Mercedes-Benz features a robust new passenger constructed using 67 per cent or ultra-high-strength steels. It comprises a new and floor, an integral support as a deformation element 435 mm in length to crash energy and load over several planes.

The to fit an electronic parking brake as in place of a conventional lever, and the shifters integrated into the wheel with the 7G-DCT add to the sensation of space and make for additional storage in the centre

What appears to be metal in the new is metal which has undergone a process, while the outer of the circular vents, the frame of the display and the upper shell of the lever are in satin-finish polished

The B-Class introduces safety previously unattainable in the compact car sector to the market. ATTENTION and the unique new COLLISION PREVENTION are just two of the advanced safety fitted as standard to every joined by seven airbags, ASR Skid Control ESP®, and generation ABS anti-lock braking

Every version of the new B-Class from a suite of BlueEFFICIENCY measures including new highly-efficient turbocharged petrol and diesel standard ECO start/stop, intelligent oil water pump and alternator low rolling resistance tyres and an radiator shutter, measures boost economy by up to 26 per cent the previous generation model.

The new is the world’s most aerodynamically family car, with a co-efficient of Cd 0.26, a figure will fall to an incredible for models with the ECO Technology due to arrive later in the year.

The of the new Mercedes-Benz B-Class were with the help of complex calculations and flow simulations. and prototypes spent around hours in the wind tunnel, and than 275,000 computer were invested in digital simulation. A reduction of just in a car’s Cd figure can reduce consumption by up to 6 mpg at a speed of 80 mph.

One trick is worthy of special the patented advanced front arches, which channel air the front wheels. These serrated spoilers combine slots in the wheel arches and optimised hubcaps to considerably flow losses.

Equally measures ensure a smooth along the underbody. The floor extensive cladding up to the rear arches, followed by additional around the rear axle. the rear silencer has undergone tuning.

The low height of the shoulder on the contributes to the car’s outstanding efficiency, and the entire front is sealed, while there are special seals around the A large roof spoiler good air separation at the rear, low-drag door mirrors air is not ‘trapped’ and allowed to stick to the of the car to create drag.

Petrol-engined feature an adjustable radiator which adjusts airflow the engine compartment. When is no need for a large flow of air, such as when in mild ambient temperatures, the is closed, improving aerodynamics and fuel consumption.

The ECO Technology which will be an option on all of the B-Class, lowers the ride seals the rear window and adds cladding to the rear components.

The B-Class is the first to have been designed a spare wheel well, saves space and weight and towards the new model’s outstanding with fuel consumption by up to 26 per cent.

On SE versions, a tyre warning system advises the in the event of a loss of pressure and a system of sealant and an electric is provided to effect a temporary Sport models will with special tyres, feature full run-flat but with softer sidewalls so do not impact on ride comfort.

exterior features on SE versions of the new are 16-inch alloy wheels, beam headlamps, round LED running lamps with a surround, a radiator grille three louvres and a Brilliant chrome surround.

The B-Class has 18-inch bi-colour alloy bi-Xenon headlamps, bar-design LED running lamps with surround, LED rear lights and a grille with chrome and two louvres in High-Gloss Black.

The new is 89 mm longer and 11 mm wider than the it replaces, but the most significant in dimensions is the reduction in height of 48 mm, all the aim of presenting a sleeker, more profile (Cd 0.26). This will fall still to an amazing 0.24, when the ECO Technology package that be optionally available on all versions later in the year.

Yet the B-Class the seemingly impossible by providing headroom, thanks to a reduction in height and an 86 mm lower seating In response to customer requests, the position is now more upright, The lower floor of the new Mercedes-Benz also helps rear which — with 87 mm of clearance — is better in a standard-wheelbase S-Class .

This of hand is the result of a complete in the way the B-Class is now constructed. The sandwich-floor of the previous model, which the engine partly in front of and beneath the twin-floor passenger has been replaced by a conventional body — but with a

To make way for the hybrid, all-electric and hydrogen fuel cell versions that will be during the new model’s lifetime, engineers have devised an Space body concept allows the main floor to be modified, with a step under the driver’s seat and rearwards, with just one stage in the production process.

The luggage capacity of the new B-Class is 486 while practicality benefits a 40 mm increase in boot floor between the wheel arches. The sill has been lowered by 5 mm to loading easier. The rear are split 60:40 and fold flat, enlarging the luggage to 1,545 litres and allowing 1.57 metres long to be A two-tier boot floor is as part of the Load Compartment (£70). This is included in the Easy-Vario-Plus system (£515), provides sliding and reclining seats with an armrest twin cupholders.

All versions now an electronic parking brake, more space for storage the front seats, while with the optional 7G-DCT transmission) have the gear paddles located within the wheel to release even of the centre console for storage.

has meant a change in the time-honoured of the traditional Mercedes-Benz column which advance from the 8 clock position to 10 ‘o’ so that all the controls clustered the steering wheel are easy to

Seating options include lumbar support (£165) for the and front passenger and a Memory (£815), which allows preferred driver’s seat and positions to be stored and recalled at the of a button. The Mirror Package also adjusts the door and automatically lowers the one on the driver’s when reversing.

Two trim are available, each offering an array of comfort, infotainment and features as standard. SE versions are in tone-on-tone black with chrome details and have cloth upholstery in Black or Standard equipment includes a fully integrated ECO start/stop the Audio 20 sound system a 5.8-inch colour display, interface for hands-free telephony and Assist with automatic activation, windscreen wipers rain sensors and interior lighting.

It also comes with ASSIST to alert a potentially driver, COLLISION PREVENTION to warn of and possibly prevent a with a vehicle or stationary ahead, Active Park and 16-inch alloy wheels.

models are trimmed in Artico leather and have Silver trim, a Black roof and brushed stainless steel with rubber inserts. equipment includes 15 mm lower and sports suspension, DIRECT variable ratio steering, headlamps with LED daytime lamps, reversing camera, 18 bi-colour alloy wheels, gloss exterior trim, glass, ATTENTION ASSIST and PREVENTION ASSIST.

Optional and protection solutions include a folding bicycle rack of accommodating up the two cycles (£415), a cycle kit (£144), a 350-litre rooftop box (£365) or a 450-litre rooftop box (£535) and the Zig-zag sill protection cover to prevent paintwork scratches loading large or heavy

The interior design story

The crafted interior of the new B-Class is the of studies conducted by Daimler’s Research Centres (CRCs) and the work of the Mercedes-Benz Advanced Studio in Como, Italy.

The Design Studio is housed at the Salazar which dates to the 1750s and was once used by the fashion designer Gianni to produce ties and cravats Mercedes-Benz took it over in 1998. Nearby are the cities of and Turin, home to the Italian and fashion industries, which a high value on traditional

These diverse inspirations are in the interior design concepts by the Como Advanced Design which trades ideas and staff with its sister in Carlsbad (California), Tokyo, and back at home base in just outside Stuttgart. The can give free rein to ideas without having to consider series production. An is the free-floating, streamlined information in the B-Class.

The approach developed in by Mercedes-Benz is one reason why the B-Class has a new dimension in quality among family cars. The designers use an model to bring their to life and then look for a way to them through to series

At the Daimler Customer Research interviewers use techniques, which originally devised by the American George A. Kelly in the 1950s for into personality. There are no criteria that interviewees stick to, as with a traditional

What these CRCs found is that the ideal interior has a good balance the familiar and the new and progressive. The ideal is not the for everybody, so the trick is to do justice to as different ideals as possible. In where they cannot be personalisation is key. With the new B-Class, for example, Mercedes-Benz personalisation easy using interior packages, as well as a broad range of different materials and colour choices.

But is not the only sense that taste. Touch and smell leave a strong impression on the and rationale is another influence on satisfaction. The researchers at the CRC use a model in the 1970s by the Japanese customer researcher Professor Noriaki All of this has been applied in the of the new B-Class.

The result is a high-quality blending emotional design just the right hint of The first thing that you is the large, three-dimensional decorative spanning the entire dashboard.

large central circular sit below a 5.8-inch or 7-inch which seems to float in It has an ornamental frame with a surface, contrasting with the black of the front panel, and a TFT display. The menus on the screen are using the controller in the centre

The three-spoke steering wheel the CLS includes a silver chrome in the centre spoke, while the round analogue instruments hanging needles in the 6 o’clock

The decision to fit an electronic parking as standard in place of a conventional and the gear shifters integrated the steering wheel with the transmission, add to the sensation of space and room for additional storage in the console. The dashboard has a soft-touch surface.

With the optional package (SE £1,535, Sport the dashboard is covered with man-made leather. In all versions the decorative element in the dash is using IMD (In-Mould-Decoration) technology. foils are inserted into the which is then filled thermosoftening plastic. This in moulded parts with an finish and a high-quality appearance. In versions, the decorative element is on both sides, adding to the pattern.

And what appears to be in the new B-Class is metal which has a galvanising process, while the rings of the circular vents, the of the colour display and the upper of the gear lever are in satin-finish aluminium.

The high-quality impression is at night by the ambient interior through a fibre-optic cable, bathes the lower half of the in a soft amber glow. lighting also includes lighting in the front as well as door handle recesses.

The new B-Class is a sleeker and sportier-looking car the model it replaces. The first of an family of new compact front-wheel-drive from Mercedes-Benz, it is the most car in its class, with a Cd of just This will fall to an 0.24 with the ECO Technology due to be introduced soon after The aerodynamic excellence of the new B-Class is a contributor to its outstanding fuel-efficiency and low CO2

The fundamental principle behind the of the new B-Class is that it should five-seater family-car space a rakish and aerodynamically efficient shell that will be to accommodate hybrid, battery-electric and hydrogen fuel cell powertrains in the not-too-distant future.

To this possible there has a complete change of mindset the body construction of the car. The concept of the original Mercedes-Benz has given way to a conventional monocoque — but with a twist. engineers have devised an Space body concept, allows the main floor to be modified, with a step under the driver’s seat and rearwards, with just one stage in the production process.

At mm long and 1,786 mm wide, the new is 89 mm longer and 11 mm wider than the it replaces, which endows it not only a more spacious and accommodating cabin, but also a athletic profile. By far the biggest to its more dynamic appearance, is the reduction in height of 48 mm, without any in headroom, which has actually

This has been achieved by a shift away from the floor layout of the previous B-Class. This lowering the and the position of the seats is in direct to customer preferences for a more driving position than in the B-Class range.

The increased is emphasised at the front by a broad and lower air intake which out into a trapezoid shape round LED daytime running in SE versions and bar-type LED daytime lights on the Sport model. The grille on the SE has three louvres and a Silver chrome surround, that on the Sport has chrome and two louvres in High-Gloss Black. models also feature headlamps. The Mercedes-Benz Intelligent System, which automatically the beam pattern to suit the of the car and the kind of road it is being on, is an option (£1,460 on the SE and £580 for the

The outstanding aerodynamics of the new B-Class are appreciated from the side, the bonnet line apparently seamlessly into the A-pillars and on to the roof, which ends a striking spoiler. The roof a Pagoda Roof-style swage which seems to stretch the length. The side windows no visible frames, adding to the appearance, which is further by pronounced wheel arches by dynamic feature lines.

The edge of the bodywork finishes in side skirts, while looking 16-inch (SE) or (Sport) alloy wheels add a touch of sportiness to the overall The B-Class Sport also 15mm closer to the ground the SE.

The aerodynamics of the new Mercedes-Benz B-Class honed with the help of computer calculations and flow Models and prototypes spent 1,100 hours in the wind and more than 275,000 hours were invested in airflow simulation. A reduction of 0.01 in a car’s Cd figure can fuel consumption by up to 6 mpg at a speed of 80

One aerodynamic trick is worthy of mention: the patented advanced wheel arches, which air over the front wheels. innovative serrated spoilers with slots in the wheel and aerodynamically optimised hubcaps to reduce flow losses.

comprehensive measures ensure a airflow along the underbody. The features extensive cladding up to the wheel arches, followed by cladding around the rear Even the rear silencer has aerodynamic tuning.

The ECO Technology which will be an option on all of the B-Class lowers the ride seals the rear window and adds cladding to the rear components.

The B-Class is the first to have been designed a spare wheel well, saves space and weight. On SE a tyre pressure warning advises the driver in the event of a of pressure and a TIREFIT system of and an electric pump is provided to a temporary repair. Sport will come with tyres, which feature run-flat capability but with sidewalls so they do not impact on comfort.

The beautifully crafted of the new B-Class is the result of studies by Daimler’s Customer Research (CRCs) and the unstinting work of the Advanced Design Studio in Italy. The result is a high-quality blending emotional design just the right hint of

It features three large circular vents sit below a or 7-inch screen, which to float in mid-air, framed by a surface. The three-spoke steering from the CLS includes a silver insert in the centre spoke.

All versions now have an electronic brake, freeing more for storage between the front while those with the 7G-DCT (double-clutch transmission) the gear shifter paddles within the steering wheel to even more of the centre for storage. This has meant a in the time-honoured location of the traditional column stalks, which from the 8 ‘o’ clock to 10 ‘o’ clock so that all the clustered behind the steering are easy to reach.

The dashboard has a matt surface. With the Exclusive package (SE £1,535, £1,055) the dashboard is covered ARTICO man-made leather. And appears to be metal in the new B-Class is which has undergone a galvanising while the outer rings of the vents, the frame of the colour and the upper shell of the gear are in satin-finish polished aluminium.

The impression is reinforced at night by the interior lighting through a cable which bathes the half of the cabin in a soft glow. Ambient lighting includes footwell lighting in the as well as illuminated door recesses.

Two trim levels are each with their own trim treatments. SE versions are in black with silver details and have Domburg upholstery in Black or Grey. models are trimmed in Artico leather and have Silver trim, a Black roof and brushed stainless steel with rubber inserts. they’re visually distinguished by 18-inch bi-colour alloy and black gloss exterior

High-quality materials and finely surfaces, stylish details, workmanship and a new spaciousness — the of the B-Class defines a whole new in the compact segment, says Gorden Wagener, Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars. Many have been the reserve of classes of vehicle to date and Mercedes-Benz’s special understanding of and aesthetics.

With world-exclusive features, class-leading aerodynamics, firsts in the form of new direct-injection and a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic and new architecture designed to accommodate powertrains in future, every of the compact new Mercedes-Benz B-Class is with advanced Mercedes-Benz

In the areas of safety and efficiency it significant advances in the compact car class thanks to technologies, have cascaded down the company’s larger saloons. of the technology which features on the new engines was developed for Mercedes-Benz V6 and V8 for example, while the list of and optional safety features is a for that which is available on the most prestigious saloons.

The is also available with the comfort, luxury and convenience from Mercedes-Benz, and during its it will become the company’s car to be commercially available with a fuel cell (F-CELL) thanks to the flexible and intelligent new that the car is based on. In fact, the of features available on the B-Class is so that it reads almost a resumé of Mercedes-Benz technology at the of 2012.

The new B-Class is the world’s aerodynamically efficient compact car. It has a co-efficient of drag of 0.26 — a highly figure for a car with an estate-like but incredibly this will still further to 0.24 the optional ECO Technology package available later this The aerodynamics were honed the help of complex computer and flow simulations. Models and spent around 1,100 in the wind tunnel, and more 275,000 computer hours invested in digital airflow

One aerodynamic feature worthy of mention is the patented advanced wheel arches which air over the front wheels. innovative serrated spoilers with slots in the wheel and aerodynamically optimised hubcaps to reduce flow losses. comprehensive measures ensure a airflow along the underbody. The features extensive cladding up to the wheel arches, followed by cladding around the rear Even the rear silencer has aerodynamic tuning. The ECO Technology which will be an option on all of the B-Class lowers the ride seals the rear window and adds cladding to the rear components.

Active Park (£705 option)

The new B-Class is with Active Park with Parktronic ultrasound At speeds below 20mph is able to assess parking to see if the car will fit in. Once a suitable has been found and the car is in reverse, Park Assist steers the car in the driver works the clutch, and accelerator. Active Park is standard on SE versions of the new B-Class and on Sport models, and in addition, all models are fitted with a camera as standard.

ADAPTIVE

Every version of the Mercedes-Benz is fitted with ADAPTIVE to minimise stopping distances in If the driver abruptly releases the pedal — the first in a potential emergency — BRAKE primes the brake so that they come light contact with the discs. Should emergency then be required the necessary pressure is achieved instantly. wet weather it systematically applies contact to dry the brake discs. Start Assist is also to ensure the new B-Class always away smoothly, even on the uphill gradient. It also the car stationary whenever it comes to without the driver having to a foot on the brake pedal.

ASSIST

The innovative system by Mercedes-Benz to monitor driver and warn of signs of tiredness is in the new B-Class. It is primarily based on wheel movements, since is the first thing that erratic when a driver is tired. The system monitors than 70 parameters, which are assessed for signs of drowsiness.

the first few minutes of every ATTENTION ASSIST draws up a driver profile which is compared with on-going as well as the prevailing driving If ATTENTION ASSIST detects of drowsiness it issues an audible and flashes up a visual warning in the cluster.

BlueEFFICIENCY

Every of the new B-Class benefits from a of BlueEFFICIENCY economy-boosting measures combine to ensure the new engines are up to an 26 per cent more economical those in the previous model. measures on the new B-Class include new direct-injection turbocharged petrol and engine, ECO start/stop as standard, alternator management to convert energy into electrical intelligent management of the oil feed and pump, a display to encourage economical driving, low rolling tyres and an adjustable radiator

COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST

The new B-Class is fitted as standard COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST, a feature exclusive to Mercedes-Benz. is a radar-based system which can the risk of nose-to-tail collisions, or their effects, in conjunction ADAPTIVE BRAKE. COLLISION ASSIST alerts a distracted through visual and acoustic if it senses an accident is likely to

It also primes the Brake function to ensure maximum power as soon as the driver the brake pedal. Unlike systems, which work at urban speeds, COLLISION ASSIST functions at any speed 20 mph. Mercedes-Benz safety believe COLLISION PREVENTION can prevent around 20 per cent of all collisions and reduce the severity of in another 25 per cent of cases.

Online with Media (£2,100)

As an option the new B-Class can be with COMAND Online, allows the car to be connected to the internet stationary through a suitably mobile telephone. COMAND with Media Interface is the hub for a range of communications, entertainment and services that are possible the new B-Class. It combines in-car access with a wide of entertainment features and a hard-drive system.

The system includes of storage space for building a library, speed-sensitive volume of the audio system and a DVD drive plays CDs, MP3s or and audio DVDs. It also a number of external devices and media to be connected via a USB port, a Interface, an SD card slot or With an internet-enabled mobile owners can access the internet the car is stationary, and have access to online services. Integrated apps include Google™ Search and Weather and the option of a route, which has been set up on a computer through Google™

Direct injection and turbocharging

version of the new B-Class is powered by a turbocharged engine, helping towards improvements of 26 per cent in economy and emissions compared to the model. The two petrol engines are advanced four-cylinder 1.6-litre designed for both transverse and installation. The diesels are new 1.8-litre developed from the 2.2-litre fourth-generation four-cylinder unit in 2008 and featuring third-generation technology.

Energy Space

The new B-Class is built around Space body architecture in of the sandwich floor concept of the model. This allows the positions to be lowered in response to requests while still greater headroom. It will allow the main floor to be modified, with a step under the driver’s seat and rearwards, with just one stage in the production process. will make it possible to hybrid, battery-electric (E-CELL) and fuel cell (F-CELL) which Mercedes-Benz has pledged to in the not-too-distant future.

ECO start/stop

All of the new B-Class are fitted with ECO technology, which ensures no fuel is used and no emissions are when the car is stationary in traffic. The seamlessly stops the engine the car is at rest and swiftly restarts it the the driver wishes to pull In manual versions the engine off as soon as the driver applies the shifts the transmission lever neutral and releases the clutch. The restarts as soon as the driver the clutch.

With the new 7G-DCT automatic transmission), the ECO start/stop deactivates the engine as soon as the is motionless and the driver depresses the pedal. The engine restarts when the driver’s foot is from the brake pedal or the pedal is pressed. The system a number of safety defaults to it can only function under the control.

7G-DCT automatic transmission option)

A new type of Mercedes-Benz makes its debut in the new Benz — the 7G-DCT (dual-clutch transmission). It is optionally available on model and delivers the comfort and of a full automatic system the fuel economy of a manual. It three shift programmes ECONOMY, SPORT and MANUAL. In and SPORT gearshifts are fully while MANUAL mode full control to the driver. The two multi-disc clutches running in an oil are activated and the gears shifted without any interruption in power

One of the clutches operates during of the ‘odd’ gears and the other for the ‘even’ gears. That the next gear is always ready to come into instantaneously and smoothly as needed, accelerating or braking. Thanks to its gears it allows a wide of ratios.

Intelligent Light (£1,460 for SE and £580 for Sport

The new Mercedes-Benz B-Class is optionally with the Mercedes-Benz Intelligent System incorporating bi-Xenon with LED daytime running Adaptive High Beam and cornering light function. It five light functions country mode, motorway enhanced foglamps, active function and cornering light -designed specifically for differing situations or weather conditions. Low is replaced by country road which illuminates the driver’s of the road more brightly the centre.

At speeds above 55 motorway mode takes increasing the driver’s range of by up to 60 per cent. The enhanced foglamps are at speeds below 40 mph as soon as the foglamp is switched on, while the light and cornering light are switched on automatically, depending on the angle, rate of turn and speed. The Intelligent Light includes Adaptive High-beam which constantly and automatically the range of the headlamps based on the of oncoming vehicles or those in of the car. The Mercedes-Benz system graduated steps between and main beam rather a sudden switching between two

Lane-Tracking Package (£785)

The new can be ordered with the Mercedes-Benz Tracking Package designed to owners from straying the path of other cars changing lanes or should become distracted while at the It consists of Lane Keeping and Blind Spot Assist. Assist reads the lane on the road and, if the car crosses unintentionally, it alerts the driver by vibrating the steering wheel. Spot Assist uses two sensors to detect a vehicle from behind that the may not have seen. If the B-Class then attempts to pull out to it issues visual warnings in the mirrors and an audible warning the car.

PRE-SAFE® (£345)

The anticipatory safety system is available as an option on the new B-Class the ESP® Electronic Stability sensors, it can recognise potentially situations and transmit the information to the electronic control units milliseconds so that the seat and airbags deploy with effect in the event of a collision. It closes any open windows and the if fitted and moves the front seat to the safest position if the car has ordered with the Memory

For the new B-Class, the sandwich-floor layout of the model, which placed the partly in front of and partly the twin-floor passenger cell, has replaced by a conventional monocoque — but with a twist. To way for the hybrid, all-electric E-CELL and fuel cell F-CELL that will be added the new model’s lifetime, Mercedes-Benz have devised an Energy body concept which the main floor panel to be with a step beginning the driver’s seat and running with just one extra in the production process.

The new B-Class on the impeccable Mercedes Benz reputation with a structural and a body-in-white, which features 67 per of high-strength or ultra-high-strength steels.

The credentials of the new Mercedes-Benz B-Class are by a new bulkhead and floor, an integral frame as a deformation element, a of 435 mm over which to dissipate energy and load distribution several planes. Altogether, longitudinal planes allow energy to be reduced in a controlled

The integral support frame as an attachment point for the front and steering assembly as well as the support for the transversely mounted and gearbox. It consists of several plates and a hydroformed tube, and is by two aluminium struts to the radiator which is also made aluminium.

To ensure that the will open even a high-speed impact, there is a crash wedge at the rear of front wheel arch to the wheel from sliding the door.

A special feature as skate runners discharges impact forces into the which features four longitudinal members. The passenger is protected against side by rigid structures which the so-called pole support, diagonally between the central and the floor sidewalls. This is to prevent the floor being open even in the event of a impact with a tree.

steels are used in the upper of the B-pillar to minimise intrusion, but the part of the pillar is made softer steels to dissipate energy in a more controlled The B-pillars also house Mercedes-Benz engineers have ‘vampire’s teeth’ — tooth-like recesses which the seat-belt retractor from the kind of crack that affect the body’s structural in a crash.

For the alternative powertrain of the B-Class, which Mercedes-Benz introduce in the not-too-distant future, a element will be introduced the rear of the body structure by just one extra stage the assembly process.

The redesigned steering system of the new B-Class the electric motor, which servo assistance directly on the gear. Electro-mechanical power makes a significant contribution to the efficiency of the latest model steering assistance is provided when the car is actually turning. a turning circle of 11 metres, the new is particularly nimble.


The new steering also permits various functions which are activated by the control unit. It can compensate for the of crosswinds and road camber, against the torque-steer effect in some front-wheel-drive cars, the car on a straight course when on road surfaces with levels of grip left to and counter-steer should the car develop It also makes the standard-fit Park Assist possible.

Park Assist measures parking spaces through two sensors on the front bumper. If the car fit the system operates the electro-mechanical steering while the driver the accelerator and brake.

Sport come as standard with new Direct-Steer system, which variable hydraulic assistance reduces as speed increases and a variable ratio that according to the steering angle.

Mercedes-Benz B 180 AT Base

The is indirect when steering ahead for exceptional straight-line but increases rapidly once a degree steering angle is becoming extremely direct a steering angle of just 100 This results in the driver to make only relatively steering movements when the car both in confined areas or negotiating a series of tight This enhances handling and substantially along with the and firmer sports suspension and the 18-inch alloy wheels and tyres on Sports models.

The ratio is achieved by using a rack with different teeth. By adopting a mechanical the engineers have been to create a low-weight set-up a low susceptibility to faults..

All versions of the new have a powerful all-disc system, with the rear and brake boosters fashioned aluminium. It is the first compact to be fitted with the HOLD from the company’s larger A slightly firmer push of the pedal ensures the car is held the driver having to maintain on the pedal.

It disengages as soon as the touches the accelerator. Manual also have the Hill function which ensures the car can not backwards when setting off on gradients by momentarily maintaining pressure while the driver his or her right foot to the accelerator

The Hill Hold function is into the standard-fit ADAPTIVE feature, which works in with the Anti-lock Brakes to enhance the dynamic safety of the B-Class in critical driving ADAPTIVE BRAKE is also to the ASR acceleration skid control and GMR yaw control units.

Should the abruptly lift off the accelerator — the first reaction in a emergency — ADAPTIVE primes the brake pads so they come into contact with the brake If emergency braking proves to be pressure can therefore be achieved During wet weather the system the brake discs by maintaining pressure between brake and discs for enhanced performance.

For the time an electronic parking is standard on the B-Class, helping to more storage space the front seats. In models with the 7G-DCT transmission option) it self-releases as the car moves as long as the driver’s seat is fastened. If activated at speeds of than 2 mph it also serves as an brake through the ESP® hydraulic unit.

With a centre of gravity, a redesigned strut front suspension and a new four-link rear axle, ESP® Electronic Stability plus the choice of two different and damper settings, the new B-Class is a agile and responsive car than the one it while maintaining the comfort and refinement that are an essential of any Mercedes-Benz family car.

The new rear axle features control arms and one trailing arm per so that longitudinal and lateral are absorbed virtually independently of other. The wheel carriers and links are made of aluminium to unsprung weight.

Sport of the new B-Class are fitted with suspension, consisting of a 15 mm lower height and firmer springs and Alloy wheels of 18 inches in replace the 16-inch alloys on SE This combination ensures body control and roadholding, the Direct Steer system is also standard on Sport adds an extra veneer of and precision to the driving characteristics.

The new B-Class also features the ESP® Electronic Stability This includes Torque Brake, which helps to oversteer in fast cornering by slight brake pressure to the rear wheel. The latest system intervenes more so that sporty and experienced can get maximum enjoyment out of the car while certain that they and passengers are offered full in the event of a potentially critical

B 180 BlueEFFICIENCY and B 200 BlueEFFICIENCY

Petrol of the new Mercedes-Benz B-Class are powered by a new (M270) 1.6-litre 1,595 cc turbocharged engine that has designed so that it can be mounted transversely, as in the case of the B-Class, or It works in conjunction with the ECO start/stop function.

The specification almost like a catalogue of the of modern petrol engine — all-aluminium, twin overhead camshafts, third-generation petrol injection, forced via a turbocharger and spray-guided combustion on that in the Mercedes-Benz BlueDIRECT V6 and V8 Despite being turbocharged, the is able tom operate on a high ratio of 10.3:1.

Completely new injectors deliver up to five per power … at a pressure can be as high as 200 bar, while ignition ensures the most combustion of the fuel-air mixture. to continuous adjustment of the inlet and camshafts, the system is ideal for This process, which that cold air being into the engine, drives the hot gases in the cylinder into the manifold. This increased flow helps the engine to more quickly at low revs, turbo lag.

Both of the engine, which delivers 122 hp in the B 180 and 156 hp for the B attain maximum torque at 1,250 rpm and maintain it at a constant to 4,000 rpm. The peak figures are 200 Nm and 250 Nm respectively.

The engine its efficiency even under load as there is no need to the mixture to cool the cylinder up to a speed of 125 mph. A two-piece jacket with optimum cooling and fine cooling measuring only 3 mm conveys to the critical areas. Meanwhile a new management system ensures no coolant flows through the during the warm-up phase, the engine attain ideal temperature faster.

Mercedes-Benz was the manufacturer to employ direct injection in a four-… series engine as long ago as the mid-1950s for the 300 SL ‘Gullwing’ Coupe.

B 180 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY and B 200 CDI

The diesel engines in the new B-Class are developments of the OM651 fourth-generation unit premiered in 2008. new variant has a capacity of 1.8 litres cc), achieved by shortening the … by 16 mm from 99 mm to 83 m, and has a cast-iron beneath an aluminium cylinder

Compared with the larger-capacity used in rear-wheel-drive models Mercedes-Benz, it has a modified belt and air ducting and a new turbocharger mounting to transverse installation in the Mercedes-Benz Cylinder spacing of 94 mm and spur-gear drive make it particularly for transverse mounting.

Third-generation technology, with the rail increased to 1,800 bar and a maximum pressure of 200 bar, allows versions of the engine to attain high specific outputs 109 hp for the B 180 CDI and 136 hp in the B 200 CDI. A two-piece water in the cylinder head provides cooling around the combustion plate and contributes towards the specific power outputs.

efficiency benefits from a of painstakingly detailed measures: the oil nozzles and the water pump active only as necessary, energy drain on the engine, and the oil reduces oil flow in a controlled The two Lanchester balancer shafts at the of the engine block run in low-friction bearings rather than plain bearings and the markedly connecting rods both reduce friction and thus to improve fuel economy.

The balancer shafts contribute the smooth-running characteristics of both by compensating for the second-order forces are inherent in an in-line four-cylinder Refinement is further improved by a flywheel specifically designed to crankshaft vibrations in an engine high torque at low revolutions.

ECO

All versions of the new Mercedes-Benz B-Class are with intelligent and extremely ECO start/stop technology which that no fuel is used and no are created when the car is stationary in The system seamlessly stops the when the car is at rest and swiftly it the moment the driver wishes to away. It requires the minimum of by the driver.

In manual versions the switches off as soon as the driver the brakes, shifts the transmission into neutral and releases the The engine restarts as soon as the depresses the clutch.

With the new (dual-clutch automatic transmission), the ECO function deactivates the engine as as the vehicle is motionless and the driver the brake pedal. The engine automatically when the driver’s is removed from the brake or the accelerator pedal is pressed.

The includes a number of safety to ensure it can only function the driver’s control. Naturally, it only work once the car is In manual versions, the brakes be applied, the transmission must be in and the clutch pedal must be In those with the 7G-DCT the shift lever must be in or Neutral. In both cases, must be no steering wheel the doors and bonnet must be and the driver’s seat-belt must be The driver’s foot must be on the pedal or the HOLD function be active, too. And the engine automatically restart if it detects a precondition — such as the air working hard in a hot climate.

The ECO system employs a sensor monitors the angle of the crankshaft and the of the individual cylinders. When the engine, the sensor determines cylinder is in the best position for ignition for smooth and instantaneous

Thanks to direct-start technology, the system operates spontaneously and little noise. Fuel is directly and ignited during the compression …, allowing the to be started with little from the starter. Advanced management ensures the ECO start/stop operates only when the and cabin have both the correct temperature. The driver can independently switch the system

To handle the requirements of the ECO start/stop the starter motor has undergone modification. It can cope with times as many starting as before to ensure that in continuous urban driving frequent auto-starting, it will the car’s lifetime. A second supports the on-board electrical

New 7G-DCT (dual-clutch automatic

A new type of Mercedes-Benz gearbox its debut in the new B-Class — the (dual-clutch automatic transmission). It is available on every model and delivers the comfort and convenience of a automatic system with the economy of a manual. Thanks to the shift programmes it allows, are also able to exercise manual control through behind the steering wheel for driving, with gear taking place far faster even the most skilled can execute with a manual

The three shift programmes are SPORT and MANUAL. In ECONOMY, are fully automatic, but take at the lowest possible engine to promote a particularly fuel-efficient style. In SPORT the gear are also fully automatic, but are in a shorter time. In both the driver can intervene to make a shift at any time using the wheel paddles. The transmission to automatic mode if no further gear changes are made 10 seconds, or after a longer when driving downhill or on roads. MANUAL mode full control to the driver, and the take place even than in SPORT.

The two ‘wet’ clutches running in an oil bath are suited to engines with torque outputs like the turbocharged units fitted to new B-Class. The clutches are activated and the shifted automatically without any in power flow, which this type of transmission dynamic and comfortable.

Thanks to its gears it allows a wide of ratios, including high top for quiet, economical cruising, and is more fuel-efficient than the CVT variable transmission available in the Mercedes-Benz B-Class. The new B 200 CDI with the transmission achieves combined economy of 64.2 mpg compared the 50.4 mpg of the previous B 200 CDI with for example.

The Mercedes-Benz 7G-DCT is compact and lighter than comparable transmissions, and is operated by a lever and shift paddles into the steering wheel, a for a compact family car

One of the clutches during selection of the ‘odd’ and the other works for the ‘even’ That means the next is always primed ready to into operation instantaneously and as needed, whether accelerating or

Cruise Control and the Speedtronic speed limiter are included the 7G-DCT automatic transmission, with the brake HOLD All the driver needs to do is push the pedal slightly more than usual and the car will held without the need to pressing the pedal down. The function also restrains the car when setting off on steep to prevent it rolling backwards.

manual transmission

The default on the new Mercedes-Benz B-Class is a new six-speed transmission developed in conjunction the 7G-DCT. The two transmissions share a number of components and are produced in the Hedelfingen plant.

The six-speed transmission is also very and light, and designed for satisfyingly and positive shifting. For example, cast-aluminium shift forks are on anti-friction bearings on the shift to reduce the effort needed for changing. Like the 7G-DCT, it a wide spread of ratios so the new B-Class is just as capable of off on a steep slope with a in tow as it is at cruising quietly and economically on the

The new B-Class from Mercedes-Benz a holistic approach to safety, offers occupants a standard of that belies its compact dimensions. It brings safety previously unattainable in the compact car sector to the market. ATTENTION and the unique new COLLISION PREVENTION are just two of the advanced safety fitted as standard to every Together, they will a driver who unknowingly is getting to take a break and can prevent an or at the very worst minimise the of one.

But the approach to safety the new B-Class does not stop The full raft of safety developed for other Mercedes-Benz cars is available in the company’s new family car. They

PRE-SAFE® anticipatory crash system (£345)

DISTONIC adaptive cruise control with 7G-DGT 7-speed transmission only)

Intelligent System, which adapts its pattern according to where and how the car is driven (£1,460 on SE and £580 on models)

Lane-Keeping Assist/Blind Assist to prevent the driver into the path of an overtaking car or crossing lanes while (£785)

These are merely the acts in a comprehensive approach to prevention and occupant protection, begins with the robust new cell developed for the second-generation B-Class. This is constructed 67 per cent high-strength or ultra-high-strength and features a new bulkhead and floor, an support frame as a deformation a length of 435 mm over which to crash energy and load over several planes. three longitudinal planes impact energy to be reduced in a manner. The aim of the new B-Class safety was to avoid accidents from wherever possible, but to ensure protection should the worst

Seven airbags are standard in B-Class. These consist of front airbags, which are according to the severity of the impact, bags, pelvis bags for the and front passenger and a driver’s kneebag. Side bags for seat occupants are available as an (£395).

The steering column by up to 100 mm as soon as the driver’s head into contact with the considerably reducing the chances of injury, while the head for the driver and front passenger are new of the Mercedes-Benz NECK-PRO system to minimise the risk of whiplash They incorporate a button has to be pushed if either occupant to increase the distance between and restraint, but allow the restraint to be closer to the head freely. tensioners and force limiters are to the two front and two outer rear and there are ISOFIX child-seat points in the rear.

ATTENTION the innovative system developed by to monitor driver behaviour and of signs of tiredness, is fitted as It is primarily based on steering movements, since this is the thing that becomes when a driver is getting The system monitors more 70 parameters, which are then for signs of drowsiness.

Continuous is crucial in detecting the gradual from alertness to drowsiness. In way, the driver is given of warning that it would be to take a break. During the few minutes of every journey, ASSIST draws up a bespoke profile which is then with on-going data as as the prevailing driving conditions.

If ASSIST detects signs of through its highly sensitive angle sensors, it issues an warning and flashes up a visual in the instrument cluster: ATTENTION Take a Break! The system is at speeds of between 50 and 110 mph.

PREVENTION ASSIST

The new B-Class is fitted as standard with a first in the compact family car in the form of COLLISION PREVENTION This is a radar-based system can reduce the risk of nose-to-tail or minimise their effects, in with the standard ADAPTIVE feature.

COLLISION PREVENTION alerts a distracted driver visual and acoustic warnings if it an accident is likely to happen. It primes the Brake Assist to ensure maximum stopping as soon as the driver touches the pedal. Unlike some on the market, which work at urban speeds and are intended to minor damage, COLLISION ASSIST functions from of 20 mph and aims to help Mercedes-Benz owners avoid colliding the car in front in potentially dangerous

Mercedes-Benz safety experts COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST can around 20 per cent of all nose-to-tail and reduce the severity of them in 25 per cent of cases.

ADAPTIVE

COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST in conjunction with the standard-fit BRAKE system, which the ABS anti-lock brakes. If the driver releases the accelerator pedal the first reaction in a potential — ADAPTIVE BRAKE the brake pads so that come into light with the brake discs. emergency braking then be the necessary braking pressure is instantly. During wet weather it applies brake contact to dry the discs. The contact is so light the driver is unaware of this

Hill Start Assist is standard to ensure the new Mercedes-Benz always pulls away even on the steepest uphill It prevents the vehicle from rolling backwards when off, and keeps the car stationary it comes to rest without the having to keep a foot on the pedal.

PRE-SAFE®

This Mercedes-Benz PRE-SAFE® occupant system is available as an option on the new (£345). Using the ESP® Stability Programme sensors, it can potentially dangerous situations and the information to the car’s electronic units within milliseconds so the seat belts and airbags with maximum effect in the of a collision. It also closes any windows and the sunroof if fitted.

PLUS

Versions of the new Mercedes-Benz fitted with the 7G-DCT transmission) can be specified with the PLUS adaptive cruise system (£900), which the twin benefits of enhanced in heavy traffic with the of stress on the driver. Two short-range behind the front bumper and a sensor behind the radiator help the driver maintain a gap to the car in front by braking the B-Class to a if necessary and accelerating it again in to the flow of traffic. It functions at between zero and 125 mph and is particularly in heavy stop-start traffic. If it the gap to the car ahead is closing too quickly it visual and audible alerts.

Light System

The optional Intelligent Light System — SE, £850 — incorporating bi-Xenon headlights LED daytime running lights, High Beam Assist and light function provides the illumination for the type of road driven on and the speed of the car.

It five light functions country mode, motorway enhanced foglamps, active function and cornering light -designed specifically for differing situations or weather conditions.

Low is replaced by country road which illuminates the driver’s of the road more brightly the centre. At speeds above 55 motorway mode takes increasing the driver’s range of by up to 60 per cent. This happens in two the Intelligent Light System increases the light intensity and at 68 mph, the beam on the driver’s is elevated slightly. Motorway has a range of around 120 metres and is to increase the driver’s range of by about 50 metres compared conventional low-beam headlamps.

The foglamps are activated at speeds 40 mph as soon as the rear foglamp is on. The bi-Xenon headlamp on the driver’s of the car pivots by eight degrees and is at the same time. This illuminates the centre section of the more brightly and reduces from light reflected by the fog.

The active light and light functions are switched on depending on the steering angle, of turn and vehicle speed. The light function pivots the sideways by up to 15 degrees almost greatly enhancing the driver’s of the road.

The cornering light improves safety at crossroads, and on tight bends. It is activated when the driver turns the wheel at speeds below 40

The Intelligent Light System Adaptive High-beam Assist, constantly and automatically adjusts the of the headlamps based on the distance of vehicles or those in front of the The Mercedes-Benz system uses steps between dipped and beam rather than a switching between two modes, means the driver enjoys the possible visibility for more of the

Speed Limit Assist

Limit Assist uses a mounted in the upper part of the and compares the information with stores in the satellite navigation to recognise approaching speed signs. It then displays the limit in the instrument panel. It as part of the COMAND Online (£2,100).

Lane Tracking

The Mercedes-Benz Lane Tracking (£785) is designed to prevent from straying into the of other cars when lanes or should they distracted while at the wheel. It of Lane Keeping Assist and Spot Assist. Lane-Keeping reads the lane markings on the and, if the car crosses them it alerts the driver by gently the steering wheel. Blind Assist uses two radar to detect a vehicle approaching behind that the driver may not seen. If the Mercedes-Benz B-Class then attempts to pull out to it issues visual warnings in the mirrors and an audible warning the car. It functions at speeds 30 mph.

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