The Mercedes-Benz B-Class is a compact luxury car introduced by the German automaker Mercedes-Benz. It is essentially an enlarged A-Class keeping some of the engines, but with other more powerful ones available. It has the same basic suspension system. Like the A-Class, and unlike any other vehicle Mercedes builds or has built, the B-Class is a front wheel drive vehicle. Mercedes-Benz describes the B-Class as a Compact Sports Tourer instead of hatchback or multi-purpose vehicle, like its R-Class model, which is called a Grand Sports TourerMercedes Benz was among the first company in India to offer premium cars, which were the combination of beauty, power and luxury. Mercedes Benz has now brought to India the B-Class. B-class is a smart looking Compact Sports Tourer. It can be said that the B – Class is certainly inspired by the Mercedes-Benz R-Class. Among its unique features that B class is a front wheel drive car. The B-Class was originally made for the US market, but the market response was bad, as the market was flooded with much cheaper sports tourers. In India it Daimler expects it to be a different story
The car looks something like a blend of an MPV and a hatchback, but it has opened an entirely new segment. The B-class is stylized with utmost care taking into consideration the emerging trends in the automobile industry The sharp lines on the doors and the trademark grill styling of Mercedes has made the car stand out from the crowd. The rear of the car is also pleasing with the impressive tail lights which matches well to the design philosophy. The interior design is also breathtaking, with a beautiful dashboard, inspired from SLS and CLS, the inside is quite classy and gives an upmarket feeling. The overall interior colour is a little dark, the console is a combination of black colours and it has been given an aluminium trim. Like it or don’t like it the car has got the classiness which is difficult to match by other car manufacturers. The crème leather seats are beautiful and is in contrast with the otherwise dark tone. The steering wheel is a leather wrapped three spoke wheel, the steering wheel is very sporty. The B-Class also features a style of LCD screen and gives a very modern, almost concept car-like feel. The minute you slip in you can notice the quality of the materials used.
The B-Class is very not so tall, but it has got a sufficient height of 1557 mm. The Tourer has got a good suspension system also , with a MacPherson strut, wishbone setup up front and a four-link, wishbone setup at the rear. All four wheels have got disc brakes and the steering is an electrically assisted rack and pinion system. Another unique feature is that the spare wheel is deflated and the car has got electric tyre inflator. The car has got 16 inch tyres and the sports version has got B 180 sports gets 17 inch wheels.
The powerhouse of a B-Class Tourer is a 1595cc turbo petrol engine which churns out a maximum 122 bhp along with a good 200 mm of torque. The is engine is nicely synched with a remarkable seven speed dual clutch transmission. The transmission is super smooth. The front wheel drive does not make any difference in the riding quality of this Tourer. But sadly as of now there is only petrol model is available and in a diesel driven market like India, it’s a little damper. The car is fully equipped with an ABS, Electronic stability programme, Accidental skid control, Brake Assist system and tyre pressure lost warning system. The engine is an all aluminium 1.6 litre turbocharged, direct- injection petrol engine that is placed transversely over the front axle . The engine is made of of aluminium and so it is lightweight.
By default the car starts in Eco mode, but if need to know the full performance of this Tourer you need to change it into a performer. The car can touch 100 kmph in less than 11 seconds and touch a top speed of 192 kmph. Mercedes Benz India has brought in the new and dynamic Mercedes Benz B Class Sports Tourer into the Indian car market. The car is not only excellent from the outside, but the engine department here is the highlight. The car is powered by 1.6 litre of four cylinder turbo petrol engine, which would be comfortably produce 122bhp along with generating maximum torque of 200Nm.
The car has got some excellent safety features and is a perfect travellers companion. The car has got seven airbags including front and curtain airbags. The ABS consists of acceleration skid control and the electronic stability program provides complete control of the car. To add it features Mercedes Benz B Class Sports Tourer comprise of the collision control system, attention assist, hill and hold descent control, ELR seat belts accompanied by a height adjustment facility, anti theft alarm . The car has also got an engine immobiliser. The Tourer has got an excellent the audio system a navigation system when considering the infotainment department.
And lastly In India, every car consumer purchases a car giving high priority to the fuel economy delivered by the car. The new and fresh 2012 B Class Sports Tourer is powered packed with an efficient and powerful 1.6L of four cylinder petrol engine that churns out 122bhp of power and 200Nm of maximum torque. The engine has been unified with a seven speed dual clutch transmission, which pushes the car in delivering a decent fuel economy. This car is a luxury offering, and high class fuel economy cannot be expected from an ultra luxurious car. But still, Mercedes Benz B Class Sports Tourer puts out its best efforts and delivers a fuel economy figure of 11.2 kmpl on the urban roads and 14.8kmpl of mileage on the highway (as per ARAI).