Fans of the Mercedes-Benz A-Class that prefer something a bit more practical and with more space rejoice. After launching the all-new hatchback last eight months ago, Auto Nation Group, the official distributor of Mercedes-Benz in the country, has launched the next-generation B-Class.
First making its world debut back in October 2018, the all-new B-Class has received a sharper, more dynamic redesign along with a more high-tech and sleeker-looking cabin.
While it may appear similar to the second-generation MPV, the third-generation model features a more curvaceous design that is highlighted by a sloping roofline, a bigger front grill, and new tapered headlights. Also fitted on the new MPV are a fresh set of alloy wheels, eye-catching taillights, new tailgate-mounted spoiler, and a diffuser on the rear bumper.
Like its hatchback brethren, the executive MPV gets the similar 'avant-garde' style dashboard design. Aircraft-inspired aircon vents, along with a distinct two-tone hue, and piano black accents that give the B-Class a chic look. Then there's the new MBUX infotainment system which replaces the previous COMAND system.
It is comprised of dual monitors that show the infotainment system, multi-info display, as well as the instrument panel. It even comes with new connectivity features like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and a voice recognition system that can be activated by saying "Hey Mercedes".
Other standard amenities present on the new B Class include: power-adjustable driver's seat with memory function, climate control, leather seats, engine start/stop button, automatic headlights, and cruise control.
Need to carry plenty of luggage? The rear seats can now be split-folded in a 40:20:40 configuration. That way, the B-Class can carry between 455 to 705 liters worth of cargo. Fold all the seats down and the MPV is capable of holding 1,540 liters of luggage.
Pop the hood and the B-Class is powered by a new 1.3-liter three-cylinder turbocharged engine. In B 180 trim, the new engine produces 136 PS along with 200 Nm of torque. Power is then transferred to a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox. Standard safety kit included in the 2020 B-Class are: anti-lock brakes with electronic brakeforce distribution and brake assist, stability and traction controls, tire pressure monitoring, hill-start assist, ISOFIX child seat anchors on the rear seats, and dual airbags.
The 2020 Mercedes-Benz B-Class is only available in the B 180 trim and retails for Php 2,690,000