Η Mercedes πήγε την ολοκαίνουργια B-Class στη Φρανκφούρτη η οποία θα ξεκινήσει να πωλείται τον Νοέμβριο. Εκεί παρουσίασε και το B-Class E-Cell Concept, ένα πρωτότυπο κυψελών υδρογόνου που φορά έναν ηλεκτροκινητήρα 100 kW (136 ίππων). Ο 1000ρης τρικύλινδρος turbo κινητήρας 68 ίππων τροφοδοτείται από το υδρογόνο και φορτίζει την μπαταρία ιόντων λιθίου του ηλεκτροκινητήρα. Συνδυάζεται με ένα νέο αυτόματο κιβώτιο της Mercedes. Τα 0-100 χλμ/ώρα τα κάνει σε 11 δευτ. με την τελική του ταχύτητα να αγγίζει τα 150 χλμ. Η αυτονομία του ανέρχεται στα 600 χλμ. Έχει εκπομπές CO2 32 γρ/χλμ και μπορεί να διανύσει 100 χλμ αποκλειστικά με τον ηλεκτροκινητήρα του.

Να θυμίσω ότι η νέα γενιά της B Class δανείζεται πολλά σχεδιαστικά στοιχεία από το BlueZero Concept. Την χαρακτηρίζει ως ένα “τεράστιο άλμα στη compact κατηγορία” και έχει μήκος 4.359mm μήκος, 1.786 mm πλάτος και 1.557 mm ύψος. Ο αεροδυναμικός συντελεστής του είναι μόλις 0.25 Cd, νούμερο που προέκυψε μετά από 1.100 ώρες δοκιμών στην αεροδυναμική σήραγγα.

Μηχανικά θα υπάρχει μια μεγάλη γκάμα από turbo τετρακύλινδρους κινητήρες οι οποίοι όλοι θα διαθέτουν σύστημα Start/Stop. Entry-level θα είναι ένας 1600αρης απόδοσης 122 ίππων με 200 Nm ροπής. Ο ίδιος κινητήρας θα αποδίδει και 156 άλογα με 250 Nm.

Σε ότι αφορά τους πετρελαιοκινητήρες. Υπάρχει ένας 1.800αρης 109 ίππων με 250 Nm ροπής και ένας 1.800αρης με 136 άλογα με 300 Nm ροπής. Τέλος κορυφαίος κινητήρες θα είναι ένας 2.0-λιτρος βενζινοκινητήρας χωρίς ωστόσο ακόμη να έχουν ανακοινωθεί τα χαρακτηριστικά του. Αργότερα θα υπάρχουν υβριδικές, ηλεκτρικές, και Fuel-Cell (κυψελών υδρογόνου) εκδόσεις

Όλοι οι κινητήρες διαθέτουν σύστημα Start/Stop και συνδυάζονται είτε με ένα 6-τάχυτο μηχανικό κιβώτιο είτε με το νέο 7-τάχυτο αυτόματο κιβωτίου διπλού συμπλέκτη 7G-DCT.

Για τους πιο περιβαλλοντικά ανύσηχους, η Mercedes θα προσφέρει το πακέτο ECO Technology το οποίο έχει μειωμένο ύψος, καλύτερα λάστιχα στα παράθυρα που σφραγίζουν περισσότερο το εσωτερικό και των νέων κάτω προστατευτικών πλαστικών, μειώνουν τον αεροδυναμικό συντελεστή οπισθέλκουσας στα 0.24 Cd. Εκτός του ECO πακέτου, θα υπάρχει και ένα sport το ποίο θα διαθέτει σπορ προφυλακτήρες, σκληρότερες και χαμηλότερες αναρτήσεις κατά 20 mm καθώς και το σύστημα “Direct-Steer”.

Τεχνολογικά φορά ενεργά φωτιστικά σώματα, σύστημα τυφλού σημείου, σύστημα ειδοποίησης αλλαγής λωρίδας καθώς και τα Attention Assist, Speed Limit Assist, Active Parking Assist, Linguatronic, DISTRONIC PLUS, PRE-SAFE και ενεργό σύστημα φρένων το οποίο ενεργοποιείται μόνο του μόλις αντιληφθεί ότι υπάρχει πιθανότητα σύγκρουσης με το προπορευόμενο αυτοκίνητο.

Το εσωτερικό είναι στα επίπεδα ποιότητας και φινέτσας που περίμενες να δεις σε αυτοκίνητα μεγαλύτερης κατηγορίας. Ξεχωρίζει το ταμπλό το οποίο μπορεί να επενδυθεί με το χειροποίητο δέρμα ARTICO, το τριάκτινο τιμόνι από την CLS καθώς, η μεγάλη κεντρική οθόνη 5.8″ ή 7″ και ο αναλογικός πίνακας οργάνων 4 οργάνων. Το αυτοκίνητο σχεδιάστηκε από την ομάδα Advanced Design Studio της Mercedes η οποία εδρεύει στο Como της Ιταλίας. Ο χώρος αποσκευών αγγίζει τα 488 λίτρα αλλά με το σύστημα Easy Vario Plus αυτός αυξάνεται στα 666 λίτρα. Τέλος η νέα B-Class εφοδιάζεται το νέο σύστημα πολυμέσων COMAND το οποίο έχει πρόσβαση στο internet και έχει προεγκατεστημένο την εφαρμογή καιρού της Google. Η Mercedes θα προσφέρει επιπλέον εφαρμογές μέσω του δικού της App Store που ετοιμάζει.

Τέλος η Mercedes ανακοίνωσε και τις τιμές της οι οποίες ξεκινούν από τα €27.578 ευρώ.

[Πηγή: Mercedes-Benz | Live Photos Copyright: Autoblog.nl]

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Mercedes-Benz Concept B-Class E-CELL PLUS

The future shape of the new compact car range: Mercedes-Benz presents electric car with Range Extender

Mercedes-Benz will be presenting its first electric vehicle with Range Extender at the 2011 Frankfurt International Motor Show in the guise of the Concept B-Class E-CELL PLUS. The combination of electric drive and petrol engine ensures excellent suitability for both everyday use and long journeys. The energy accumulator takes the form of a lithium-ion battery from Deutsche Accumotive, which enables local emission-free driving up to a range of 100 kilometres. Thanks to the additional three-cylinder petrol engine, the Concept B-Class E-CELL PLUS has a total range of up to 600 km. The concept vehicle presented at the 2011 Frankfurt International Motor Show provides a foretaste of the series which is to go into production in 2014. The Concept B-Class E-CELL PLUS adds an all-purpose battery-powered vehicle with Range Extender to Mercedes-Benz’s range of electric vehicles.

A new addition to Mercedes-Benz’s portfolio of electric cars is the near-series Concept B-Class E-CELL PLUS – a compact model that meets all the needs of daily motoring with a total range of up to 600 kilometres. As such, this electric vehicle is also ideally suited to long journeys and offers its driver unrestricted mobility. This is made possible by the combination of a powerful electric drive generating a peak power output of 100 kW and a continuous output of 70 KW with a 50 kW petrol engine. The latter performs a dual role: at low vehicle speeds it charges the battery via a generator. At higher speeds – on prolonged motorway stretches, for example – it additionally serves as a driving engine, acting on the front wheels together with the electric motor via a newly developed automatic transmission.

In all-electric, local emission-free mode the Concept B-Class E-CELL PLUS has a range of up to 100 kilometres. This covers over 80 percent of daily driving needs. The total range of up to 600 kilometres allows the vehicle to be used for long journeys, too. This means that the electric vehicle with Range Extender is fully suitable for everyday use and can be relied upon to reach its destination, even with a fully discharged battery. In combined driving mode the vehicle emits 32 grams of CO2 per kilometre.

“The Concept B-Class E-CELL PLUS shows that our new range of compact cars is all set for the future. The variant involving a battery-electric vehicle with Range Extender further broadens the range of alternative drive concepts from Mercedes-Benz,” notes Prof Dr Thomas Weber, Member of the Board of Management at Daimler AG, responsible for Group Research and Mercedes-Benz Cars Development. “This innovative and highly flexible concept meets our customers’ wish for emission-free driving coupled with a large range.”

The vehicle concept – the best of two worlds

The Concept B-Class E-CELL PLUS is an electric vehicle meeting all daily motoring needs which combines the best of two worlds: all-electric driving and driving with a tried and tested high-tech combustion engine. This combination allows long journeys which to date have been the reserve of vehicles powered by a combustion engine alone or electric cars fitted with a fuel cell. The two drive units are extremely compact and are accommodated in the engine compartment at the front together with the transmission and the generator. The powerful lithium-ion battery and the fuel tank are located in a false floor at the rear – the so-called “Energy Space” – which has been developed specially for alternative drives. For other drive variants it is also possible to install gas or hydrogen tanks here, for example.

Figure 1: Concept B-Class E-CELL PLUS

Intelligent control of the drive system for unrestricted mobility

The intelligent electronic control system of the Concept B-Class E-CELL PLUS ensures perfect handling in every driving situation. Activation and deactivation of the combustion engine take place fully automatically and go unnoticed by the driver. Electric motor and combustion engine work so intelligently together that the drive unit is able to select the most fuel-efficient mode in every driving situation in a fraction of a second – from stop and go in the city to speedy driving on the open road. With the Concept B-Class E-CELL PLUS there are basically two operating modes, depending on the battery charge status:

  • When the battery possesses sufficient energy, the vehicle runs locally emission-free on electric power alone. The energy accumulator can be recharged by means of a conventional domestic power socket. Rapid charging is also possible with this vehicle. This enables a charging time in the order of one hour.
  • When the battery charge status drops below a certain limit, the combustion engine is activated (“Range Extender mode”). The large range which is available in “Range Extender mode” ensures that the vehicle will always reach its destination, even if the battery is flat. Acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in approx. 11 seconds and the top speed of 150 km/h are both attainable in either operating mode. In order to ensure the most efficient possible motoring, two variants are possible, depending on the vehicle’s speed:
  • Below a speed of around 60 km/h, the combustion engine and generator attend to on-board power generation (“serial mode”). In this case, the combustion engine is run in the most fuel-efficient mode.
  • At speeds of over 60 km/h the combustion engine acts as a driving engine together with the electric motor (“parallel mode”), transmitting the generated power to the front axle. Any excess power generated by the combustion engine is used to charge the battery and to run the ancillary units.

Figure 2: Operating modes of the Concept B-Class E-CELL PLUS

Highly efficient lithium-ion battery with long service life

The energy accumulator is accommodated in a false floor system at the rear of the vehicle – the so-called “Energy Space” – which has been developed by Mercedes-Benz specifically for alternative drives. The energy accumulator employed here is a particularly powerful state-of-the-art lithium-ion battery designed specifically for automotive applications. It is produced by Deutsche Accumotive GmbH & Co. KG, a joint venture of Daimler and Evonik.

The battery can be charged using any standard domestic power outlet or at a public charging station, by means of the charge socket integrated in the rear bumper and the 3.3 kW on-board charger.

When the car goes into production, convenient remote checking and remote configuration of the vehicle will be possible by means of the so-called Vehicle Homepage. The driver will be able to access his vehicle via the internet, using his PC or smartphone. In this way, it will be possible to check the current charge status of the lithium-ion battery or to verify the vehicle’s current range on a map. A further feature is smart charging. This involves the customer selecting a desired time for the beginning of his journey. The system then ensures that the battery is fully charged and, if desired, that the vehicle is air‑conditioned at this point in time. The facilities offered by the Vehicle Homepage are rounded off by further convenience functions, such as a route planner designed specifically for electric vehicles.

Comfort and safety to the highest standard

In terms of safety and comfort, the Concept B-Class E-CELL PLUS meets Mercedes-Benz’s high standards in every respect. The vehicle combines compact exterior dimensions with a spacious and variable interior and luggage compartment. Five full-size seats make it an all-round electric car for the family, leisure and general motoring. The new electromechanical steering and enhanced driving dynamics provide for refined sportiness in the field of electric mobility. A striking feature of the Concept B-Class is the copper-coloured linear graphic design which accentuates the vehicle and lends it a dynamic appearance. High-quality black nappa leather and copper-coloured double lap seams have been used in the interior.

The concept vehicle is a match for its siblings when it comes to active and passive safety features, too. Like all models of the new compact car generation, the Concept B-Class E-CELL PLUS also comes with COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST, a new assistance system which will help to avoid rear-end collisions in future. In keeping with the ongoing democratisation of safety, the B-Class E‑CELL PLUS will also feature a number of additional assistance systems adopted from the larger model series.

These include:

  • Adaptive Highbeam Assist
  • Blind Spot Assist and Lane Keeping Assist
  • Attention Assist (standard)
  • Speed Limit Assist (speed limit sign recognition)
  • Active Parking Assist
  • Brake HOLD function (standard with 7G-DCT)
  • Hill Hold function
  • LINGUATRONIC
  • Reversing camera
  • PRE-SAFE® (featuring for the first time in this class of vehicle)

 As such, the Concept B-Class E-CELL PLUS sets new standards in the areas of compact electric vehicles with regard to comfort, safety and agility.

Technical data

VEHICLE DATA
Seats 5
Electric motor (machine type) Permanently excited synchronous machine
Maximum output (kW/hp) 100/136**
Continuous output (kW/hp) 70/95**
Top speed (km/h) 150**
Acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h (s) 11,0**
CO2 emissions (g/km) 32**
Range (km) (NEDC) 100 in all-electric mode**up to 600 on combined power**
Range Extender
Combustion engine 3-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine
Displacement (l) 1.0 turbo
Rated output (kW) 50 at 3500 rpm**
Battery
Battery technology Lithium-ion

** Provisional values

Compact sports tourer: the new B-Class from Mercedes-Benz – Heralding a new era in the compact class

  • Agile: space and dynamics abound
  • Efficient: drive system with new engines and dual clutch transmission
  • Safe: radar-based collision warning system as standard, PRE-SAFE® featuring for the first time
  • Sensational: outstanding aerodynamics set a new benchmark in the segment

Substantially more agile and efficient, but as comfortable and spacious as ever – the new B-Class from Mercedes-Benz is a winner on all fronts. The vehicle’s lower height and more upright seat position provide for a first impression that hints at the compact sports tourer’s dynamic credentials.

With a new four-cylinder petrol engine featuring direct injection and turbocharging, a new diesel engine, a new dual clutch transmission, a new manual transmission and new assistance systems, the front-wheel-drive car also rings in a new technological era for compact cars from Mercedes-Benz. “No model change in the history of Mercedes-Benz has ever seen so many new developments introduced in one fell swoop,” stresses Dr. Thomas Weber, Member of the Board of Management responsible for Group Research and Head of Development, Mercedes-Benz Cars. “Future B-Class customers will benefit from this quantum leap in terms of exemplary low fuel consumption and CO2 emissions combined with driving pleasure, plenty of space and the highest standard of safety that has ever been available in this class.”

The world premiere of the new B-Class (length/width/height: 4359/1786/1557 millimetres) will take place at the Frankfurt International Motor Show (13 to 25 September 2011). It will be making its way to European dealers in November 2011.

The exterior design: perfect space in a most attractive guise

The new B-Class is a typical Mercedes sports tourer, offering plenty of space combined with impressive dynamic performance as a hatchback saloon. The characteristic lines of the exterior design indicate both of these attributes: front and rear sport a width-emphasizing design, with a wide, prominent grille and headlamps extending along the sides at the front while the rear end features a wide rear window, two-piece tail lights with horizontally offset meander and a large tailgate with low loading sill.

The new sportiness and the outstanding aerodynamics are particularly evident in the side line: the bonnet flows seamlessly into the A-pillar and the roof line descends sleekly to the striking roof spoiler. The roof features a swage line which lends the vehicle a longer appearance. The pronounced wheel arches offset by dynamic feature lines under the beltline are a sporty interpretation of the current design line from Mercedes-Benz. The bottom edge of the body features dynamic side skirts which add a light touch to the vehicle’s appearance. Refined details such as the exquisitely designed headlamps with the new spotlight element confirm the brand’s unmistakable premium credentials which shine through in the compact segment, too.

Outstanding aerodynamics: astounding cd value despite station wagon rear end

An outstanding drag coefficient of cd = 0.26 places the new B-Class at the forefront of its market segment. Apart from the aerodynamic exterior design, numerous optimisation measures on points of detail such as the air flow around the front wheels, the underbody design and the cooling air flow are also crucial contributory factors to this excellent aerodynamic performance. Patents are pending for innovative details such as the serrated wheel arch spoiler. With the optional ECO Technology package which will be available in due course, the B-Class is even on a par with the world-class aerodynamic credentials of the E-Class Coupé, attaining a drag coefficient of cd = 0.24 which is nothing short of sensational for a vehicle with a station wagon rear end.

New concept: lower overall height but more space inside

The new vehicle concept underscores the dynamic aspirations of the new B-Class. The most striking aspect is the reduced height: at 1557 millimetres, the new model crouches almost five centimetres lower on the road than its predecessor. The seat height in relation to the road has also been reduced (minus 86 mm) in order to facilitate boarding, while maintaining a clear overview of the vehicle’s contours.

In response to requests from many customers, the sitting position is more upright, however. At the same time, the headroom has been further improved. With maximum headroom of 1047 mm at the front (without sliding roof), the B-Class is among the most spacious cars in its segment in this discipline, too. The ergonomically expedient more upright sitting position in combination with a lowering of the vehicle’s floor at the rear leads to a segment-leading degree of legroom (976 mm) which even surpasses that of the S- and E-Class.

The B-Class is optionally available with the so-called EASY-VARIO-PLUS system. This enables simple reorganisation of the interior so as to enable the transportation of bulky items. Features of the EASY-VARIO-PLUS system include fore/aft adjustment of the rear seats by up to 140 millimetres (thereby increasing the luggage compartment volume from 488 to 666 litres) and a front passenger seat whose backrest can be folded forward onto the seat cushion.

The interior design: superior quality in a new dimension

High-quality materials and finely structured surfaces, stylish details, precision workmanship and a new spaciousness – the interior of the B-Class defines a whole new benchmark in the compact segment.

Many features have been the reserve of higher classes of vehicle to date and embody Mercedes-Benz’s special definition of quality and aesthetics. The dashboard is optionally available in ARTICO man-made leather finish and features stitching, for example. Four equipment packages (Chrome, Sports, Exclusive and Night package) enable individualisation according to personal tastes.

In the interior, the large, three-dimensional trim covering the entire dashboard first strikes the eye. It is available in four variants, covering a broad spectrum from modern through sporty to classic. Common to all versions is a high-class appeal combining an attractive look and feel with easy care and durability.

The three large round vents in the middle and their uniquely designed cruciform nozzles add a sporty attribute to the interior’s emotional design idiom. The display, which is available in two sizes (5.8- and 7-inch) appears to hover over the vents. With its stylish design – the trim frame with galvanised finish contrasting with the piano black of the front panel – and slender lines, the colour display (TFT) is a highly attractive feature in the cockpit. The 3-spoke steering wheel, which always incorporates a silver chrome insert in the middle spoke, the instrument cluster with four analogue round dials and suspended pointers in 6 o’clock position and the seats with contrasting stitching underscore the sporty character. The drive: designed for maximum efficiency The new B-Class features new petrol and diesel engines as well as new manual and automatic transmissions. All transmissions and engines have been developed in-house, with production taking place at the plants in Stuttgart-Untertürkheim and -Hedelfingen, Rastatt/Baden, Gaggenau/Baden and Kölleda/Thuringia. The simultaneous development process enabled perfect coordination of engines and transmissions, e.g. with regard to implementation of the ECO start/stop function which features as standard on all B-Class models.

Common features of the new drive systems are the use of state-of-the-art technologies for maximum efficiency, very smooth running, high tractive power right from low revs, sustainability in terms of impending emissions standards and low weight. For the purposes of transverse installation the engines, all of which are turbocharged, and the two transmissions are very compactly designed, providing the B-Class with an exemplary small turning circle for a front-wheel drive vehicle of eleven metres. The engine and transmission suspension disposes of a four-point mounting system comprising engine mount, transmission mount and two self-aligning supports. This suspension system has been designed specifically to meet the requirements of the high-torque engines with regard to minimum noise levels. The hydraulic damping integrated in the transmission mount is a key contributory factor to the exceptionally high ride comfort.

The new four-cylinder petrol engines (internal designation M270) mark the launch of a completely new engine series. The combustion process is based on the third-generation Mercedes-Benz direct injection system which was introduced last year with the BlueDIRECT V6 and V8 engines. Its use in the B-Class marks this technology’s debut in the compact segment. The new four-cylinder engines have been designed for both transverse and longitudinal installation. In the new B-Class they are initially available with a displacement of 1.6 litres, as the B 180 rated at 90 kW (122 hp) and the B 200 with an output of 115 kW (156 hp). Their maximum torque of 200 and 250 Nm respectively is available from an engine speed of 1250 rpm.

The new four-cylinder diesel engine is a further development of the OM651 deployed in the C- to the S-Class, a common rail direct-injection engine of the third generation. With its displacement scaled down to 1.8 litres and numerous optimised points of detail, this is the first time that the compression-ignition engine has been mounted transversely in a Mercedes-Benz car. The B 180 CDI generates 80 kW (109 hp) of power, while the B 200 CDI has an output of 100 kW (136 hp). The maximum torque stands at 250 Nm from 1400 rpm for the 80 kW variant and 300 Nm from 1600 rpm for the 100 kW variant.

Another Mercedes-Benz premiere is the new 7G-DCT dual clutch transmission in the B-Class. This transmission is extremely compact, extremely variable with regard to adaptation of the engine speed thanks to seven gears, features an electric oil pump for start/stop capability, shifts gear without any interruptions in tractive power and combines the comfort of an automatic with the efficiency of a manual transmission.

The new 6-speed manual transmission designed along similarly compact lines as a three-shaft transmission is a close relative of the DCT. Extremely easy gear shifting, low shift forces, low internal friction and a low weight are among its most important characteristics.

The chassis and suspension: refined sportiness now for the sports tourer, too

“Fascinatingly agile” is the assessment of all test drivers who have put the new B-Class through its paces to date. Three factors are instrumental to the substantially enhanced dynamic performance in comparison to its predecessor, which does not come at the cost of any compromises on comfort: the lowered centre of gravity, the new four-link rear axle and the upgraded ESP® Electronic Stability Programme. A sports suspension is optionally available for further enhanced agility. The centre of gravity has been lowered by a further 20 mm and the suspension additionally features sports dampers with amplitude-selective damping and a Direct-Steer system to emphasize the car’s sporty character.

Steering: mechanical with electric assistance

The electromechanical steering of the B-Class has been redesigned. The electric motor of the servo assistance system is now located directly on the steering gear as a dual pinion EPS system, thereby optimising the package as a whole. A Direct-Steer system is available in combination with the sports package. The steering ratio becomes noticeably more direct at greater steering angles, enhancing the vehicle’s handling and agility substantially. The electromechanical steering system makes an important contribution to the vehicle’s overall efficiency, as the steering assist function only requires energy when steering actually takes place.

New assistance and braking system reduces the risk of rear-end collisions

As a world first in the compact segment, the B-Class features a radar-based collision warning system with adaptive Brake Assist as standard, which lowers the risk of rear-end collisions. The COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST system outputs a visual and acoustic warning to alert a possibly distracted driver to identified obstacles, and prepares Brake Assist for the most precise possible braking response. This is initiated as soon as the driver emphatically operates the brake pedal.

In contrast to systems currently on the market in the compact class, the new COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST brake assist feature is not merely a system intended to minimise minor damage in urban traffic. Rather, this innovative solution is aimed at protecting motorists from typical rear-end collisions in dangerous traffic situations. Mercedes-Benz expects the new safety system to have a significant positive effect on accident statistics. The democratisation of safety also encompasses an array of other assistance systems which have been adopted into the B-Class from the larger model series. These include:

  • Adaptive Headlamp Assist
  • Blind Spot Assist and Lane Keeping Assist
  • ATTENTION ASSIST (standard)
  • Speed Limit Assist (speed limit sign recognition)
  • Active Parking Assist
  • Brake HOLD function (standard with 7G-DCT)
  • Hill Hold function
  • LINGUATRONIC
  • Reversing camera
  • DISTRONIC PLUS

Premiere in the compact class: PRE-SAFE® available for the first time

The PRE-SAFE®preventive occupant protection system which features in the B-Class is available for the first time in this vehicle category. This represents a further step in the ongoing democratisation of this innovation, which was premiered in the S-Class in 2002. Core features of PRE-SAFE®are reversible belt tensioning, the closing of side windows and sliding sunroof in case of critical lateral dynamics and adjustment of the fully electric front passenger seat with memory function to an ideal position for maximum effectiveness of the restraint systems. PRE-SAFE®is always activated in response to critical longitudinal and lateral dynamics and may also be triggered upon intervention by certain assistance functions.

The scope of restraint facilities takes special account of the B-Class’ use as a family car. Great importance has been attached to the safety of the rear occupants. Belt tensioners, belt-force limiters and belt height adjusters come as standard on the outer seats. Rear sidebags are optionally available. Integrated child seats and automatic child seat recognition are available as in the predecessor. Driver and co-driver are provided with new pelvis bags which are able to cover the pelvis and the entire upper part of the body. For head protection, a windowbag is fitted as standard.

COMAND Online multimedia system with internet access

Internet access, the convenient LINGUATRONIC voice control system, two navigation solutions tailored to different budgets, connection for mobile audio devices and an intuitive operating concept – the information and communication systems in the

B-Class offers excellent user-friendliness and a superior level of functionality which has been the reserve of higher categories of vehicle to date. It is the new multimedia generation from Mercedes-Benz which delivers these standards. The operating concept featuring the turn/push control in front of the armrest and the control knob on the head unit is also familiar from other Mercedes model series.

The COMAND Online multimedia system offers internet access. Customers can either surf the web as they wish while the car is stationary or call up a Mercedes-Benz app whose particularly fast page loading and simple operation make it suitable for use while driving. Integrated apps include Google™ Local Search and Weather, and the facility for downloading a route which has previously been configured on a PC using Google Maps and transmitted to the car.

All set for the future: modular “Energy Space” concept

The modular “Energy Space” concept means that the new B-Class is already designed to accommodate versions with an alternative drive: appropriate interfaces in the body shell enable the main floor panel to be modified and a step to be produced for the versions with alternative drive. An underfloor compartment covering part of the area under the rear bench seat offers space for alternative energy accumulators.

Available at European dealerships from November 2011: New B-Class to be launched at old price
Stuttgart – The second generation of the B-Class car heralds a new compact class era at Mercedes-Benz in terms of both design and technology. The entire drive programme is also completely new: four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines with direct injection and turbocharging, dual clutch transmission and manual transmission. Ten new assistance systems support the driver. Future B-Class customers will benefit from this quantum leap in terms of exemplary low fuel consumption and CO2 emissions combined with driving pleasure, plenty of space and the highest standard of safety that has ever been available in this class. The compact sports tourer is available for ordering now, with delivery to customers commencing in November. Prices begin at 26,001.50 euros (incl. 19% VAT.) for the B 180 BlueEFFICIENCY.
This means that the new model is being launched at the same price as its predecessor of the same name, despite marked improvements to the equipment and appointments. As a world first in the compact segment, for example, the new B-Class features COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST as standard. This radar-based system with adaptive Brake Assist helps to reduce the danger of a rear-end collision. Other standard features include the ATTENTION ASSIST drowsiness warning system, a kneebag for the driver, four power windows, LED daytime driving lights, a six-speed manual transmission and the Audio 20 CD entertainment system with USB connection and Bluetooth. The B 180 BlueEFFICIENCY rated at 90 kW (122 hp) offers five kW more power than its predecessor, but consumes substantially less fuel.
The sales start for the new B-Class marks the launch of the first model representing the new compact cars from Mercedes-Benz. “The new B-Class kicks off our offensive in the premium compact segment, which harbours vast potential for growth worldwide,” explains Dr. Joachim Schmidt, Member of the Management Board of Mercedes-Benz Cars, Sales & Marketing. “With an attractive portfolio comprising five fascinating, distinctive models, we are opening up our brand to new categories of customer and once again setting new standards in safety, efficiency, comfort and aerodynamics. Our sales volume and our market share in this segment are set to rise sharply once again across all variants.”
Here is an overview of the prices:
Model
Engine
Transmission
Output
Displace-ment
Purchase price*
Diesel engine, direct injection, Euro 5 emission class
B 180 CDI BE*
4/in-line
6-speed, mechanical
80 kW (109 hp)
1796 cc
€ 27,578.25
B 200 CDI BE*
4/in-line
6-speed, mechanical
100 kW (136 hp)
1796 cc
€ 29,809.50
Petrol engine, direct injection, Euro 5 emission class
B 180 BE*
4/in-line
6-speed, mechanical
90 kW (122 hp)
1595 cc
€ 26,001.50
B 200 BE*
4/in-line
6-speed, mechanical
115 kW (156 hp)
1595 cc
€ 27,935.25
*BE = BlueEFFICIENCY; all prices incl. 19 percent value-added tax
Fuel consumption: up to 21 percent less than its predecessor
The fuel consumption of the new B-Class undercuts its predecessor by up to 21 percent. All the engines have been developed in-house. Both diesel models (B 180 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY and B 200 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY) now run on 4.4 litres per 100 km (114 and 115 g CO2/km respectively) – their predecessors required 5.2 litres per 100 km. The B 180 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY attains a CO2 value of 115 g/km with automatic transmission – an improvement of 21 percent on its predecessor (146 g/km). The petrol-engine variants have also made great strides: despite a substantial improvement in performance, the B 180 BlueEFFICIENCY and B 200 BlueEFFICIENCY now run on 5.9 litres per 100 km (137 and 138 g CO2/km respectively), undercutting their predecessors by up to twelve percent.
Another premiere from Mercedes-Benz is the new 7G-DCT dual clutch transmission, which can be combined with any of the engines (2,165.80 euros). Its seven gears make it extremely versatile in adapting to engine speeds. An electric oil pump provides the transmission with start/stop capability. It shifts gear without any interruptions in tractive power and combines the comfort of an automatic with the efficiency of a manual transmission, particularly when moving off.
Highest standard of safety in the compact class
The Collision Prevention Assist assistance system is able to provide a driver who may be distracted with visual and acoustic warnings and to prepare Brake Assist for precision braking. Braking is initiated as soon as the driver steps emphatically on the brake pedal. The ATTENTION ASSIST drowsiness detection system also features as standard.
The PRE-SAFE® preventive occupant protection system (392.70 euros) which features in the B-Class is available for the first time in this vehicle category. Core features of PRE-SAFE®are reversible belt tensioning, the closing of side windows and sliding sunroof in case of critical lateral dynamics and adjustment of the fully electric front passenger seat to an ideal position for maximum effectiveness of the restraint systems.
The B-Class protects its passengers with up to nine airbags. The standard complement comprises driver and front-passenger airbag, a kneebag for the driver, large pelvisbags incorporated in the seat to protect the chest, stomach and pelvis area and windowbags. Sidebags for the rear are optionally available (446.25 euros).
EASY-VARIO-PLUS system: variable luggage compartment, adjustable rear seats
The B-Class offers plenty of space for passengers and luggage. The rear seat backrest comes as standard as a folding variant with a 60:40 split. Alternatively, the B-Class is available with the so-called EASY-VARIO-PLUS system (672.35 euros). This enables flexible reorganisation of the interior in next to no time. Features of the EASY-VARIO-PLUS system include separate fore/aft adjustment of the rear seats by up to 140 millimetres. The luggage capacity then increases from 486 to 666 litres. Up to 1545 litres of stowage space is available when the rear seats are folded down.
The inclination of the rear seat backrest is also adjustable. In so-called cargo position, a washing machine can be transported with the tailgate closed without folding the backrest down, for example. COMAND Online multimedia system with internet access
The B-Class features the latest multimedia generation available from Mercedes-Benz. Major features include greater operating convenience, larger displays, phone book transfer, display of SMS messages, wireless music reproduction via Bluetooth and a USB interface.
The multimedia system COMAND Online (from 3,117.80 euros) now provides internet access for the first time via a web-enabled mobile phone, plus various Mercedes-Benz services on the move. These include weather information and a special destination search via Google, as well as the option of downloading a route that has been previously configured on a PC using Google Maps and sent to the car. The Becker® MAP PILOT (856.80 euros) makes a low-cost 3D navigation function, which can also be retrofitted, available for the standard Audio 20 CD radio. The navigation system boasts voice-controlled input of destinations and an intuitive user interface. Its advantages over aftermarket solutions include integrated operation via the central controls and the Audio 20 display, a concealed location in the glove compartment and updating via an internet portal.
The launch of the predecessor model series from Mercedes-Benz in 2005 laid the foundations for a new, future-viable market segment, attracting more than 700,000 delighted customers worldwide. The B-Class continues to enjoy great popularity in the year of the model change.
73,046 vehicles have been delivered to customers since January. This corresponds to a growth rate of 7.6 percent. In Germany, the largest market for the B-Class, sales are up by 5.6 percent. The second-largest market for the B-Class is China, where it was launched with great success in 2009. This year alone has seen sales rise since January in the order of 46.8 percent, to 9,738 units.