Mercedes-Benz reveals the new mid-career design of the B-Class.
The third generation of the small German minivan redesigns some of its elements, while its gasoline engines have a new hybridization system. And its plug-in hybrid version just keeps getting better.
Like the A-Class, the Mercedes-Benz B-Class is entitled to a mid-career makeover. Launched in 2018, the third generation of this compact minivan updates its design while retaining a cabin similar to the previous version. It gets mild hybridization in its gasoline engines and overhauls the electric range of its up-and-coming plug-in hybrid variant.
Aesthetically, this new restyled Mercedes-Benz B-Class is distinguished by its sporty-looking front bumper and new radiator grille. Its rims are offered with a new look and their maximum diameter reaches 19 inches. Split in two, the LED taillights are redesigned. As an option, it is possible to opt for LED headlights at the front.
On board this 2022 B-Class version, there is still a 7-inch digital instrument panel and a 10.25-inch touchscreen associated with the latest generation of the MBUX infotainment system. The double slab can accommodate an optional 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster. The cabin benefits from a redesigned center console, a Nappa leather steering wheel or even Artico imitation leather upholstery in some variants.
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In the equipment register of this Class B, there is also a reversing camera, USB ports and even a fingerprint reader that allows authenticating the driver.
The Hey Mercedes voice assistant, as well as connectivity to Apple and Android smartphones, are still in the program. A USB-C port is also added by Mercedes-Benz. The star manufacturer also indicates that the lane keeping assistant is now more pleasant to use.
Under the hood, all B-Class petrol engines are now electrified with 48V hybridization that provides an additional 10 kW, or about 14 horsepower.
The energy is recovered during the braking phases so that this electrical energy is supplied during acceleration. Called the B 250e, the B-Class rechargeable hybrid sees its electric range reach 77 kilometers according to the WLTP certification cycle, while its electric motor gains 5 kW, or just under 7 horsepower.
This Mercedes-Benz B-Class plug-in hybrid therefore benefits from faster charging times thanks to a maximum alternating current (AC) power of 11 kW. It is also possible to recharge the battery in direct current (DC) up to 22 kW, which makes it possible to go from 10 to 80% of charge in approximately 25 minutes.