The compact car market is quite difficult to please and Mercedes Benz has realized this with its B-Class and plans to come out with three B-Class variants for the US market. Having more options or choice for the 2012 Mercedes-Benz B-Class should be more appealing to customers.
Mercedes Benz has a new platform called MFA where the B-Class will be developed with front-wheel drive on a unitized body construction (unibody) that is cheaper to manufacture compared to the sandwich structure. It is highly possible that the A-Class, as well as with their small sedans and SUVs, will also be developed on the same platform.
The next generation 2012 Mercedes-Benz B-Class will be powered by engines sourced from Renault (now that’s a revelation!). This will include turbo-charged gasoline engines with 1.2; 1.4; and 1.8-liter displacement units. They would also come out with diesel powered engines of 1.6-liter displacement from Renault with the top of the line model powered with a 2.2 –liter M-Benz engine. How’s that for choice with the variants?
For fuel efficiency, stop/start technology with a 6-speed dual-clutch gearbox, along with a 6-speed manual is in its transmission. Other design upgrades that surfaced are increased cabin size due to the lowered floor and the introduction of LED headlights and tail lamps.