MERCEDES BENZ B-Klasse
Generations Timeline, Specs and Pictures
Based on the MFA2 platform, an evolution of the previous generation’s architecture, the Mercedes-Benz B-Class W247 brings a number of improvements over its predecessor.
More interior space for both passengers and their luggage, alongside an all-new engine lineup and the MBUX infotainment system should make the new car get back to its leading position in the European compact MPV segment.
Partly responsible of the increased interior space is the longer wheelbase, but also the complete redesign of the dash, which can now feature up to two widescreen displays in various sizes, depending on the options fitted to the car. All engines are new and Euro 6d-compliant, with the OM 654q 2.0-liter diesel making its premiere in a transversal layout. At first, two gasoline and three diesel versions will be available, all of them paired as standard with a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission, with the 150- and 190-horsepower diesels transmitting their power to the front wheel through a brand new 8-speed dual-clutch.
In 2014, the second generation Mercedes-Benz B Class MPV got a mid-life refresh, gaining better looks, revised equipment lines and more comfort features.
The biggest visual changes can be seen at the front, where everything is new, starting with redesigned LED headlights, a new bumper, hood and grille. Some of the treatment has also been applied at the rear while the side lines appear a bit more pronounced. New wheels and colors are on the list too.
For the interior, you get a more up-to-date feeling thanks to a free-floating infotainment system screen on top of the central console that offers the Mercedes connect me feature as well as three new design and equipment lines: Style, Urban and AMG Line. More individualism can be had with the Night, Exclusive and AMG Exclusive packs.
The choice of efficient engines is extensive – four diesel engines, four gasoline engines and two models with alternative drive systems. Also available are the B 180 and B 180 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY Editions.
Thanks to the new B 200 CDI 4MATIC, the pleasure of all-wheel-drive and safety now start at around 130 g CO2/km instead of over 150 g CO2/km for the gasoline B 220 4MATIC. In total there are now four models with all-wheel-drive for improved traction, high driving stability and safe handling.
The 2012 Mercedes-Benz B-Class was revealed at the 2011 Frankfurt International Motor Show.
It was the second generation for the compact MPV from the three-pointed star brand. Mercedes-Benz already planned to change the MPV lineup and was decided that the B will stay in that segment and the A will adopt a conventional approach as a hatchback.
The hood flows into the A-pillar into an integrated formula and going up to the roof, which descends slowly towards the end. At the rear, a roof-spoiler creates the impression of a longer vehicle. Though, the 2012 B-Class had only 4359 mm (14.3 ft).
Inside, it introduced the floating design for the infotainment’s screen that was on top of the dashboard. It was available as a 5.8” or 7”. It wasn’t a touch-screen but just a screen for the system and could be accessed via the Command Controls which were placed on the center console. The B-Class featured high-quality materials and finely structured surfaces.
The B-Class featured a large number of changes compared with its previous generation. New engines, both gasoline and diesel, new 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox, new CNG engine, and even an all-wheel-drive was available for the compact MPV.
The technical platform featured a new, four-link rear axle and an upgraded ESP. A sport suspension was optionally available for further enhanced agility. Additionally, it featured sports dampers with amplitude-selective damping and Direct-Steer system to enhance the car’s sporty character.
Designed as a city vehicle suit for five, and with a minivan stance, the B-class received a refresh in 2008 for the entire lineup.
Mercedes-Benzi introduced the B-Class in 2005 on the same platform as the A-Class, but the German carmaker had something else in mind: to develop the A as a compact hatchback/sedan and let the B be the little minivan. Starting with 2009, the Euro 5 pollution norms came into force, so Mercedes-Benz refreshed the B-Class a year earlier to have the entire range up and running.
Some modifications went for the exterior. The grille featured three thicker metallic gray slats, with the three-pointed star badge mounted in the middle. Much work was put into designing the bumper, with the parking sensors masked inside a rim that was extended from the lower area. There was a new taillights design in the back, with smaller reversing lights and only on the tailgate area.
Inside, Mercedes-Benz offered a new infotainment system, with a slightly different design of the center stack. Otherwise, the differences between the facelift and the non-facelift versions would be a difficult quest even for experts.
The big differences were under the hood, where the carmaker installed a new engine range. Some versions received a start/stop system to save fuel in city traffic. Depending on the chosen engine, Mercedes-Benz installed a 5- or 6-speed manual gearbox, while an automatic was on the options list.
In 2005, Mercedes-Benz tried to win the compact premium market with the B-Class.
It was a version of the not so successful A-Class, and it was built on the same platform.
The need for a premium car that could handle better the crowded cities made the Mercedes-Benz management take the decision to built a roomier A-Class. But the result was an entirely new vehicle that amazed by its long wheelbase when compared to its overall length. Not to mention that it had the same front-wheel-drive system as the A-Class. The B-Class was taller than the A-Class, and that allowed a roomier interior.
From the outside, the B-Class still looked like a pocket-size MPV. The big, 2.77-meter (109.3”) long-wheelbase allowed enough room for five adult passengers inside. The flared wheel arches suggested a wider vehicle than it actually was. The big windows on the sides and the wide, panoramic, windshield offered a sensation of a roomier interior.
Inside, the flat floor allowed a third passenger in the middle on the rear bench. The trunk was respectable and it could have been extended by folding the rear seats. For the driver, there was a new driving post, with the same controls as the other Mercedes-Benz products from that time, with most of the commands on the left of the steering wheel. The car featured some luxury amenities carried over from the C-Class. On top of that, a panoramic sun-roof was available as an option.
Under the hood, there were few engine options, designed mostly for fuel efficiency, especially the diesel version. The top model was the B 200 Turbo, which offered almost 200 hp. For the transmission, the B-Class was available with a 5 or 6-speed manual depending on the engine, or a continuously variable transmission, named AUTOTRONIC.