Mercedes-Benz has expanded on its B-Class offering in South Africa with the addition of two new four-cylinder petrol engines, a four cylinder diesel engine and a new transmission offering in the form of a 7G-DCT dual clutch transmission and a 6-speed manual transmission.
Mercedes-Benz B-Class – Specifications and Features
The new petrol engines include the 1.6-litre B 180 and the 1.6-litre B 200. The B 180 petrol variant produces 90kW at 5000rpm with a maximum torque figure of 200Nm available between 1 250 and 4 000rpm. The B 180 will accelerate to 100km/h in 10.4 seconds with a top speed of 190km/h. Fuel consumption is rated between 5.9 and 6.2-litres/100km with a corresponding fuel emissions figure of between 137 and 144g/km. The B 180 is mated with a 6-speed manual transmission.
The 1.6-litre B200 petrol variant produces 115kW at 5 300rpm with a maximum torque figure of 250Nm available between 1 250 and 4 000rpm. The 0-100km/h sprint is completed in 8.6 seconds and displays a top speed of 220km/h. Fuel consumption and CO2 emissions are identical to that of the B 180. The B 200 is also mated to a 6-speed manual transmission.
The B 180 CDI diesel variant produces 80kW at between 3 200 and 4 600rpm and offers 250Nm of torque available between 1 400 and 2 800rpm. 100km/h is achieved in 10.9 seconds with a top speed of 190km/h. Fuel consumption is rated at between 4.4 and 4.6-litres/100km with a CO2 emissions figure between 114 and 121g/km.
The B 200 diesel variant on the other hand offers 100kW at between 3 600 and 4 400rpm with a maximum torque figure of 300Nm available between 1 600 and 3 000rpm. The top speed for the B 200 is 210km/h and will sprint to 100km/h in 9.5 seconds. Fuel consumption is rated at between 4.4 and 4.6-litres/100km with a CO2 emissions figure of between 115 and 121g/km. Both diesel variants are fitted with a six-speed manual transmission. The new 7G-DCT dual clutch transmission is available as an option.
Equipped with the new 7G-DCT dual clutch transmission, the driver can choose between three driving modes namely Economy, Sport and Manual.
B-Class Trim Levels
Four Trim Levels are offered with the new B-Class and these include Chrome, Sports, Exclusive and Night which allow for personalisation of the vehicles interior and exterior.
Chrome – The Chrome package is standard for the B-Class and includes three silver slats on the radiator grille with chrome applications on the front and rear bumpers. Additional exterior features include daytime driving lights with a chrome ring, beltline chrome trim strip, electroplated load sill protector and oval stainless steel tailpipe trim. The interior benefits from Matrix-look trim, air outlet vents nozzle ring and cross silver chrome, chrome rings for the rotary light switch, central operating unit and controller on the centre console, a gear lever in silver shadow and the arm rests feature contrasting stitching.
Sport - The Sport package includes double silver slats on the radiator with chrome applications. The bumper incorporates a diamond-pattern air intake grille with chrome applications. Chrome is also to be found on the rear bumper and 17-inch alloy wheels with 5-spoke design are standard.
The front brake discs are perforated and the front callipers feature ‘Mercedes-Benz’ lettering. The sport suspension with selective damping and Direct-Steer system provide dynamic handling and can be deactivated by the driver if necessary. The interior benefits from ARTICO man-made leather with contrasting stitching, honeycomb-pattern trim, air outlet vents with ring and cross in silver chrome, high-gloss black rotary light switch with silver chrome ring, 3-spoke multi-function leather steering wheel, leather gear lever with chrome applications, door sill panels in extruded stainless steel and stainless steel sports pedal with rubber studs.
Night – The Night package includes double slats on the radiator grille in high-gloss black with chrome applications, roof trim strip in high-gloss black, beltline strip in high-gloss black, heat-insulating dark tinted glass as of B-pillar and 18-inch alloy wheels with black 5-spoke design.
Exclusive – The Exclusive package includes contrasting stitching with ARTICO leather for the door panels and brown silk matt burr walnut trim. Other features include a 3-spoke multi-function steering wheel, infrared comfort locking system and electric 4-way lumbar support for the front and heated seats.
Mercedes-Benz B-Class – Price
|Mercedes-Benz B 180||R 299 600|
|Mercedes-Benz B 200||R 319 600|
|Mercedes-Benz B 180 CDI||R 325 000|
|Mercedes-Benz B 200 CDI ||R358 000|
All Mercedes-Benz models come standard with a 6-year/120 000km MobiloDrive maintenance contract.