Set for a global debut at next month’s Paris Motor Show, the 2015 Mercedes-Benz B Class facelift has been unveiled. As with all these mid-life refreshes, the changes are blink-and-you-miss-it types. Essentially, the B Class’s style is now more akin to the new Mercedes-Benz family look.
The new front fascia has a redesigned front bumper featuring bigger air ducts- like the one on the new A-Class, a mildly re-worked front grille along with new, slightly re-shaped headlamps with built in DRLs- LED High Performance headlamps are an optional extra. The sides continue mostly unchanged, and the back gets a slightly modified bumper housing trapezoidal exhaust pipes and tail lamps with a new hue featuring LED elements. The interiors sport a new eight-inch free-standing display, 12 colors choices for ambient lighting and the possibility of ordering key-less go at an additional cost.
A choice of only four-cylinder units are on offer, starting with the B 180 which has a 1.6-liter engine with 122 PS of power & 200 Nm of torque. The B 200 has the same engine but in a different state of tune with power and torque ratings of 156 PS & 250 Nm respectively. The B 220 4MATIC uses a larger 2.0-liter delivering 184 PS & 300 Nm and is couple with an all-wheel drive system while the B 250 has 211 PS of power & 350 Nm of torque. Moving on to the diesel fueled variants, the base B 160 CDI has a Renault sourced 1.5-liter engine with 90 PS of power & 240 Nm of torque, followed by the B 180 CDI with 109 PS of power & 260 Nm of torque. The B 200 CDI will get you a 2.1-liter engine with 136 PS of power & 300 Nm of torque, while the top end B 220 CDI gets 177 PS of power & 350 Nm of torque.
Then there’s the B-Class Electric Drive which is powered by an electric motor generating 180 PS (132 kW) and an instant torque of 340 Nm (251 lb-ft), enough for a 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) of 7.9 seconds and a 99 mph (160 km/h) top speed. The 28 kWh lithium-ion battery pack gives a range of 85 miles (137 km) on a full dollop of charge, which takes three and a half hours with a 240V charger. Two hours of quick charging will see a 60 mile (96 km) range. The B-class Electric Drive’s exteriors and interiors don’t benefit from the face-lift though.
Already available on order, the 2015 Mercedes-Benz B-Class facelift will hit German dealerships on November 29. Expect an Indian unveil soon thereafter.
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