2012 Mercedes-Benz B-Class spied with new details

2012 Mercedes-Benz B-Class spied 27.01.2011
2012 Mercedes-Benz B-Class spied 27.01.2011 / Copyright SB-Medien

New details reveal more of the next B-Class than previously seen

Here's the latest set of spy shots of the upcoming 2012 Mercedes-Benz B-Class.

The shots published here are now showing more of the front and rear light clusters than we've previously seen and spotted above the headlights is an LED strip similar to the new 2012 SLK. We can also see that new design line from the BlueZERO concept along the side of the car and the front nose also looks more upright, consistent with Mercedes' current language.

Another noticeable detail is how the roof slopes downward at the back end of the car making the next B-Class look less MPV bulky and more like a 'raised' hatch à la Golf Plus.

Reports are that the next B-Class will come in several body styles including a sedan, coupe and crossover aside from its standard five-door hatch variant.

The next-generation B-Class will be sourcing its smaller power plants from Renault and those will include 1.2 liter, 1.4 liter and 1.8 liter turbocharged petrol engines as well as a 1.6 liter diesel. Mercedes-Benz will supply the B-Class's larger engines including a range-topping 2.2 liter diesel.

The next B-Class will also come as a plug-in hybrid (E-Cell Plus) as well as with an all-electric (E-Cell) and a fuel cell (F-Cell) variant.

Gearboxs on offer will be either a six-speed manual or six-speed dual clutch (Mercedes-Benz will drop the CVT) and the next B-Class will also feature a stop/start system.

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Sacto8780 Sacto8780
Given that M-B has more or less confirmed the new B-Series for the US market, if they source engines from Renault the US model might use the Renault-Nissan MR20DE engine rated at 140 bhp (SAE 08/04 net) along with the JATCO Xtronic CVT used on the Sentra. Why not? The engine and its CVT transmission are mature technology, and M-B could get them through their engine partnership deal with Renault.
Jan 29th, 2011 6:15am
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mb74 mb74
Yes, an all round ugly disappointment from the get go. I'm thinking this looks much the same,overly tall in proportions. Why MB, Why? Do Merc customers surveyed actually tick the box for this shape.
Jan 29th, 2011 2:35am
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automobile007 automobile007
Personally I think the current B-Class has done more damage to Mercedes' image than the profit made from it has been worth to the company. I hope the new model is better, definitely looks more promising
Jan 29th, 2011 1:41am
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