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201512 Mar

new mercedes benz b-class launch in india

 

Mercedes-Benz took the wraps off the new B-Class in Mumbai. The B-Class Sports Tourer has been an extremely successful model for the German car-maker, already having sold 1 million units globally since launch.

 

Responding to customer feedback, the new B-Class will now be available in ‘Sport’ guise only, with a higher level of trim and standard equipment, which includes a full-length panoramic sunroof. Significantly, the ‘base’ version of the B-Class has been discontinued altogether, with Mercedes-Benz focusing on offering customers a fully-loaded car instead, which makes sense.

 

The new B-Class diesel also gets more power and torque, with the B200CDI now boasting of 134 PS and 300 Nm, as compared to 110 PS and 250 Nm in the first-gen car. That’s a significant increase, and so expect the new B-Class to be more drivable and more enjoyable from behind the wheel too. Mercedes has persisted with the 7G-Tronic gearbox with some refinements, and the company claims the new B-Class is 5 percent more fuel efficient, despite the increase in power.  

 

The big visual change is the new grille and bumper, with subtly re-styled headlamps, which make the new B-Class look sportier. The earlier car felt too much like a ‘traditional’ Mercedes, and given the youth appeal of the vehicle, it was important for Mercedes to inject this overt sportiness into the B-Class’ looks.

 

Mercedes-Benz India Ltd boss Eberhard Kern also unveiled the A-Class 200 CDI with the new, more powerful engine, which has the same spec as the B-Class diesel. The A-Class will also be offered only in Sport trim from now on, with a high standard specification which includes fully-electric sports seats, new ‘Artico’ fabric with contrast top stitching, a larger touchscreen interface for the audio system and full-suite connectivity. The A-Class also gets a sunroof as standard.

Mercedes-Benz claims the A-Class’ suspension has also been tweaked to better suit Indian conditions. Although we haven’t driven it yet, we’ve heard that the new suspension in slightly softer than what was on offer earlier, with more ground clearance and longer travel, which should make the A-Class more comfortable into the bargain.

 

Prices are as follows:

B180 Sport: INR 27.95 lakh

B200CDI Sport: INR 28.95 lakh

A180 Sport: INR 25.95 lakh  

A200CDI Sport: INR 26.95 lakh

 

When quizzed about more powerful petrol variants of the A-Class and B-Class, Kern hinted that that was a possibility, although he refused to divulge any further details. The 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol motor in both the A-Class and B-Class as sold in India is rated at 122 PS. There’s a more powerful version of the same motor, rated at 156 PS, while Mercedes India also has the option of the 2.0-litre turbo petrol as offered in the CLA, which has 182 PS and 300 Nm of torque.

 

Given the impending launch of the Mini Cooper S, Mercedes-Benz might consider offering Indian customers the A-Class with a 2.0-litre turbo-petrol engine, which will definitely up the fun quotient. Mercedes already offers this engine in the CLA compact sedan and the GLA SUV.

 

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