Mercedes-Benz has revealed some official technical info about the new B-Class family car line. The juicy tidbits include a more eco-friendly variant of the engine, and there will be a 4WD version along with a full complement of engines that run on different power sources.
In addition, the new B-Class is said to come with a lower center of gravity thanks to new chassis architecture. This way, even the lower-end model will get a sporty treatment. Aside from that, there is also some new engineering found between the tray and the floor—something called “energy storing space” where batteries, fuel cells, and natural gas containers can be put into. This feature should be available in hybrid and hydrogen-powered B-Class models sometime around 2013 to 2014.
With its multilink rear suspension, the new B-Class can carry even four-wheel drive 4matic setups that you usually find on AMG cars. There will also be a new range of 3-cylinder power plants based off some Renault technology.
Expect the new B-Class lineup to be showcased at the Frankfurt Auto Show, which is set to happen in September. European sales begin in the autumn.