The preseries prototype of the Mercedes-benz B-class "Vision B" was shown in 2004 on the Paris Auto Show. The serial variant was shown on Geneva Auto Show in 2005. This 5-door hatchback is between A and C-classes.
The В-class is the first serial version of the new project Sports Tourer, developed by Mercedes-Benz. It combines the advantages of different auto concepts. As a result it appeared the car with the original and independent character. It shows such qualities as large capacity, exceptional comfort, optimal functionality, the elegant design and the pleasure of driving.
The model was created on the longed platform of 2nd generation A-class, so it got the constructive particularities of the earlier model, such as the strengthened sandwich-floor, McPherson A-pillars and the rear dependent maneuvering suspension, the amortizations with the electronic management of the degree of dumping. The outer dimention was 4270x1777x1604 mm. The wheelbase was 2778 mm.
The possibilities of salon transformation and the net volume of the B-class are better than standard notion. The auto can be transformed from the touristic car to the practical minivan at several motions.
The new 2012 year model has the option Easy-Vario-Plus, it allows moving the second row seats forward and back to 140 mm, so the maximum trunk capacity is up to 666 L.
The engine line of B-Class consists of new 4-cylinder 1.6 L gasoline power units with BlueDIRECT system.
The 180’s model modification can reach 122 hp and the B 200 can provide 156 hp. The maximum torque is 200 and 250 Nm at 1250 r / min. The diesel Mercedes B 180 CDI can reach 109 hp and the B 200 CDI can provide 136 hp. All engines can work in pain with the reworked 6-speed manual transmission or the new 7-speed 7G-DCT robot with 2 cohesions.
Naturally, the car is equipped with up-to-date variety of different security systems. The 2012 year Mercedes B-Class is equipped by PRE-SAFE system. It is for preventing the collisions, the system of dead-zones tracking etc.