Fans of the Mercedes-Benz A-Class that prefer something a little bit bigger and more practical rejoice. Making its official debut at the 2018 Paris Motor Show is the all-new Mercedes-Benz B-Class. Sleeker, bigger and more high-tech, the mini MPV gets styling inspiration from the five-door hatch, new Euro6 compliant turbocharged engines and semi-autonomous driving technology.
Starting with the most obvious change on the 2019 B-Class, the MPV receives a dynamic redesign. Thanks to shorter overhangs and a more sloped roofline, Mercedes-Benz claims the B-Class gives the B-Class a sportier look than before. Then there's the striking front fascia which come with the signature two-bar grill and sweeping headlights that are available with LED lighting and LED light signatures.
Towards the back, the B-Class gets a new set of taillights, rear reflectors on the bumper and dual exhaust pipes that exit through the bumper itself. High-end models will even come with a tailgate-mounted spoiler which enhances aerodynamics on the MPV.
As it shares its architecture with the A-Class, the 2019 B-Class gets the same sporty makeover inside. Aircraft-inspired aircon vents line the dashboard while a two-tone finish makes for a more sophisticated look. There's also LED ambient lighting which comes with 64 colors that can set the mood.
Beyond the freshly-updated cabin, the B-Class also comes with new seats as well. According to the automaker, the seat cushions offer a flatter, more comfortable seating position which aids in increasing maximum headroom as well. For better in-car comfort, the front seats also come with climate control, as well as a massage function.
Like the A-Class, the new B-Class also makes use of Mercedes-Benz's new infotainment system dubbed 'MBUX'. It succeeds the old COMAND system and makes use of artificial intelligence. Two free-standing monitors acts as the system's displays which can show navigation, a multi-info menu, the instrument cluster, and a heads-up display. MBUX will also come with new wireless connectivity features, touchscreen function, and voice control with speech recognition that can be activated by saying: “Hey Mercedes”.
Better luggage capacity was also made possible in the 2019 B-Class. The rear seats can be split folded in a 40:20:40 configuration, allowing users to expand the luggage compartment from 455 liters to 705 liters, depending on the setup. Fold all the rear seats down and the B-Class is capable of carrying 1,540 liters worth of cargo.
Under the hood, the all-new B-Class is available with five engine variants. First up are the two gasoline turbo engines available in the B 180 and B 200. The former produces 136 PS with 200 Nm of torque while the latter puts out 163 PS and 250 Nm of torque. Both models are mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.
Next are the three turbo-diesel variants; the B 180d, B 200d and the B 220d. The entry-level model produces 116 PS with 260 Nm of torque while the mid-range offering comes with 150 PS and 320 Nm of torque. Finally, the most powerful variant generates 190 PS along with 400 Nm of torque. Only the B 180d comes with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission as the B 200d and B 220d are equipped with an eight-speed dual-clutch gearbox.
Underneath, all entry-level models come with a torsion beam rear axle. However, higher-grade variants can come with a four-link rear axle made from aluminum for less unsprung weight. For better riding comfort, Mercedes-Benz claims that both the four-link axle and torsion beam are mounted on a subframe, isolated from the bodyshell for less transfer of vibration and noise. Meanwhile, all B-Class variants have MacPherson struts at the front.
Another key upgrade done to the 2019 Mercedes-Benz B-Class is the introduction of intelligent drive systems. With it, the MPV can now drive semi-autonomously via navigation data, cameras and radar systems. In addition, the B-Class also comes with active distance assist, active emergency stop assist, active lane change assist and active brake assist.