Although MPVs are increasingly disappearing from manufacturers’ line-ups in favor of crossovers, Mercedes-Benz is going ahead with a new generation B-class. The 2019 Mercedes B-Class promises to become an ‘old-fashioned MPV’, expected on the market before the year’s end.
In 1997 Mercedes-Benz entered the world of small MPVs with the A-Class. After the second generation A-Class was presented in 2004, a year later its big brother B-Class saw the light of day. On the extended basis of the renewed A-Class, the B-Class had to compete in a pressure-fought segment. Thanks to the 43 extra centimeters, it was able to compete with success against the Volkswagen Golf Plus for example.
The second generation B-Class appeared on the market in 2011 and underwent a facelift at the end of 2014, when the car was given the current family face of Mercedes-Benz. More than three years later, the third generation takes over the baton.
Mercedes has been tinkering with the family formula and will come with many new models in the coming years. We have already passed the new A-class, CLS-class and AMG-GT 4-door Coupé. Last year, a camouflaged B-Class was also caught during test rounds on public roads. Recognizable is the gigantic grille at the front with the big chrome Benz star in the middle. The new B-Class will also receive the more pinched headlights similar to those of the new A-Class.
Furthermore, the roofline gives the car a more rounded side view than before. We have already seen from the espionage images that the B-Class grows in length rather than in height. Striking, given the seeming preference for high models with the consumers. The arrival of a seven-seater B-Class can therefore not be ruled out. With a B-Class with third row of seats Mercedes-Benz would have a fitting answer to the 2-Series Gran Tourer from BMW, although it remains to be seen if the Germans will not instead prefer to leave this task to the new GLB, a boxy seven-seat compact SUV which mimics the G-Class in shape and will fit beneath the GLC in the brand’s portofolio.
Inside, we expect the revolutionary, fully digital cockpit of the latest A-Class, together with the standard digital instruments and the brand new MBUX infotainment system. On the engines list, completely in line with the Mercedes tradition, we will find an extensive mix of petrol and diesel engines. Part of these will be transferred from the existing range. There is also a good chance that an electric version will appear again on the order lists. In 2022 Mercedes-Benz wants to have a total of ten new electric models in its line-up, albeit with altered design to match the new sub-brand Mercedes-EQ’ distinctive look. Moreover, there was already an electric version of the current B-Class. We do not expect the completely new B-Class on the market for the second half of this year.