The all-new Mercedes-Benz B-Class subcompact luxury MPV has finally made its way into the Philippines, and it is the German luxury brand’s second model to be updated with the new corporate design language and infotainment technologies that made its debut in the A-Class.
More than 14 years ago, Mercedes-Benz introduced the B-Class as part of a new segment of vehicles showcasing cutting edge, hip, and exciting designs catering to a younger market. Since then, Mercedes-Benz has created a line of new generation vehicles such as the A-Class, B-Class, CLA and GLA that appeal to a new generation of car owners who are drawn to more stylish, sporty, and technologically-advanced vehicles.
Based on the compact platform utilized by the new A-Class hatchback, the Mercedes-Benz B-Class likewise utilizes numerous design cues from its smaller hatchback which forms the fundamental pillars of the German brand’s “Sensual Purity” design language. Creases and character lines have been minimized, thus creating a smooth surface which depends on curves to create an interplay between light and shadow. There is only one variant, which is called the B180 Progressive. This means the front fascia features a wide, slim grille with diamond pins in black that proudly displays the Mercedes-Benz emblem, halogen headlights with LED daytime running lights, 17-inch 10-spoke alloy wheels, and various chrome elements. The rear has a likewise cleaner look free from lines and creases, which then feature LED tail lights as standard.
The interior features a similar design from the A-Class hatchback, featuring a single frame layout for the two screens that form the entire MBUX infotainment system. The Mercedes-Benz B-Class utilizes two 7-inch screens, one being the digital instrument cluster and the other as the main infotainment screen. Interaction can be made through the touch screen or the touch pad. MBUX also features an AI personal assistant, which can be summoned by the press of a button or by saying “Hey, Mercedes!” and then giving her a command such as “I’m cold” to cool down the interior. Elsewhere, the B-Class features numerous premium materials as expected in a premium class of cars, and being a MPV, the interior has been well designed to provide all of its occupants plenty of room to wiggle around.
Under the hood of the B180 Progressive is a 1.3-liter inline-4 turbo petrol engine that produces 136 hp and 200 Nm of torque, with power sent through the front wheels via a 7-speed dual clutch transmission.
Being a Mercedes, safety is placed at a high priority, and it truly reflects in the B180 progressive. The new B180 Progressive is equipped with an enhanced Active Brake Assist as a standard. Unlike typical automatic emergency braking features, the enhanced Active Brake Assist can also effectively help to mitigate the consequences of rear-end collisions with slower-moving, stopping or stationary vehicles ahead, and even with crossing pedestrians and cyclists, or prevent them altogether. It also has Attention Assist drowsiness warting system, as well as the usual electronic stability control, ISOFIX child seat anchor points, emergency stop signal, hill start assist, just to name a few.
The Mercedes-Benz B-Class is now on sale across all Mercedes-Benz dealers with a starting price of P2,690,000.