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Mercedes-Benz B 200 Natural Gas Drive announced

 Mercedes-Benz B 200 Natural Gas Drive announced
Mercedes-Benz B 200 Natural Gas Drive

The Mercedes-Benz B-Class gets cleaner and more frugal.

 

Mercedes-Benz has announced the introduction of a more eco-friendly B-Class model in the form of the B 200 Natural Gas Drive. The car is scheduled to be unveiled in late September at the Paris Motor Show before arriving in dealerships in early 2013.

This is the first B-Class model to adopt the ENERGY SPACE modular body concept consisting of a partial double floor beneath the rear seat bench which makes room for two small or one large natural gas container, containing up to 125 liters of natural gas. This greener B-Class has 16 percent less CO2 emissions and about 50 percent less fuel costs compared to the gasoline model.

Mercedes-Benz says that in natural gas mode, the B200 Natural Gas Drive has a fuel consumption of only 4.2 liters / 100 km and CO2 emissions of 115 g/km, with a range in natural gas mode of up to 310 miles (500 km). With its 156 hp (115 kW) engine, the vehicle can sprint to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 9.1 seconds and has a top speed of 124 mph (200 km/h). The engine can be linked to either a manual gearbox or the 7G-DCT dual clutch transmission.

Check out the press release below for additional details.


 

Source: Mercedes-Benz

Stuttgart. With 16 percent less CO2 emissions, significantly cleaner exhaust gases than petrol or diesel fuel and around 50 percent lower fuel costs than a comparable petrol model, the new Mercedes B 200 Natural Gas Drive featuring, as its name suggests, a natural gas drive, has a lot to recommend it. The latest model in the successful B-Class family is due to make its public debut at the Paris Motor Show (27 September to 14 October 2012).
The B 200 Natural Gas Drive is the first B-Class model to make use of the 
"ENERGY SPACE" modular body concept: a partial double floor beneath the rear seat bench creates space to accommodate one large and two smaller natural gas containers, holding a total of 125 litres of natural gas (corresponding to approx. 21 kg). Thanks to this intelligent packaging method, the five-seater model is able to retain the generously proportioned luggage compartment for which it is known.
In natural gas mode, consumption of the 115 kW (156 hp) B 200 Natural Gas Drive is just 4.2 kg/100 km – corresponding to CO2 emissions of 115 g per kilometre. As a result, emissions are around 16 percent lower than those of the B 200 BlueEFFICIENCY with petrol engine, which offers equal performance. The new model belongs to efficiency class A+ and meets the EURO 6 emissions standard, which is not due to come into effect for all petrol-engined vehicles until 1st September 2014. But the model not only spares the environment – it is also good on the wallet: converting the consumption of the B 200 Natural Gas Drive into the energy equivalent of petrol, the price per kilometre comes out at around 50 percent lower than the fuel costs of driving a petrol model.
Performance is also on a similarly dynamic level: the B 200 Natural Gas Drive can reach speeds of up to 200 km/h, and accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 9.1 seconds. The B 200 Natural Gas Drive works according to the monovalent+ principle. This means that its engine is basically operated using gas. For emergencies, there is a small 12-litre petrol tank on board. In the event that the gas tank should ever run dry, the vehicle switches over automatically, and imperceptibly, to petrol operation. And because drivers are not able to select petrol mode themselves, the B 200 Natural Gas Drive is taxed more favourably as a natural gas vehicle. The range in natural gas mode is around 500 kilometres.
The trip computer menu in the instrument cluster has been extended in the case of the B 200 Natural Gas Drive: the respective operating mode is displayed. In addition, a fill level indicator and remaining range are included for petrol mode. In gas mode, the driver has access to all of the regular trip computer functions.
Visually, the B 200 Natural Gas Drive also differs from other B-Class models in terms of a few details. Its main characteristics include the distinctive front bumper with strip-form LED daytime driving lights.
Vehicles fitted with natural gas drive are not only particularly environmentally friendly, they are also sustainable. This is because in addition to mineral natural gas, they can also be operated using biogas. Even synthetically produced gas can be used: this is produced using "excess" energy from solar power plants or wind farms, and in the future could help to resolve the storage problems encountered with alternative power generation. In this respect, overall the B 200 Natural Gas Drive can be considered to be emission-free.
The B 200 Natural Gas Drive is celebrating its world premiere at the Paris Motor Show and is optionally available with manual transmission as well as the 7G-DCT dual clutch transmission. It is due to arrive in dealerships at the beginning of 2013.
With the B 200 Natural Gas Drive, Mercedes-Benz is adding a particularly economical and ecological variant to the new B-Class family. Since its market launch in November 2011, the B-Class has enjoyed outstanding popularity among customers: by the end of June, more than 70,000 units had been sold worldwide.

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GRAVE
Natural gas is cheaper than petrol and gives you more range but it is weaker than petrol and diesel.
Sep 6, 2012 1:37 pm
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HasiSegorian
In this case, "weaker" presumably means "producing less power". The average petrol engine may indeed turn out to produce less power if it is converted to natural gas without substantial modification. However, Mercedes Benz have designed the engines for their CNG models to produce equal amounts of power regardless of whether they are running on petrol or methane (the main component of natural gas). In the earlier models this was achieved mainly by keeping horsepower down, but the specifications of the new B 200 Natural Gas Drive seem to indicate that they have done a better job this time around.
Oct 4, 2012 10:20 am
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BOOGIE_WOOGIE
One of the more disappointing designs from Mercedes. Bummer that this technology means losing alot of luggage room. I sure hope car manufacturers can reduce the weight and size of battery systems while simultaneously increasing the storage capacity and power output.
Sep 6, 2012 1:25 pm
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HasiSegorian
No luggage room is lost in this version (unlike the previous B Class NGT). Batteries are not an issue here: we are talking about a car burning compressed natural gas!
Oct 4, 2012 10:14 am
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Stefan.MA
Wow! The front is heavily copied from the Opel Astra "Edition Sport"!
Sep 6, 2012 12:00 pm
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sideskraper
Great to see LNG being taken seriously. It's a great fuel, but using it often means losing boot space
Sep 6, 2012 10:17 am
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HasiSegorian
It's CNG, not LNG (compressed, not liquid). No boot space is lost in this case (unlike the previous B Class NGT).
Oct 4, 2012 10:12 am
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