2012 Mercedes B-Class, Specs & Teaser Revealed
Set to make its official debut this September at the Frankfurt Motor Show, Mercedes has revealed the specifications of the upcoming 2012 B-Class, along with a couple of teaser shots. The all-new model is going to be 4359 mm long, 1786 mm wide and 1557 mm tall. After 1,000 hours of wind tunnel testing, the German engineers have managed an impressive drag coefficient of only 0.26.
In addition, the car will benefit from an ECO Technology package that includes underbody cladding, reduced ride height and improved window seals – all of which are meant to lower the drag coefficient to 0.24. Moreover, Mercedes-Benz will throw in a sports package that features modified dampers, a 20mm reduced ride height and a “direct-steer” system, whatever that means.
Tech-wise the upcoming generation of the B-Class is going to be offered with a lot of “Assist”: Active Parking Assist, Speed Limit Assist, Attention Assist, Blind Spot Assist & Lane Keeping Assist as well as Adaptive Headlamp Assist and Collision Prevention Assist (with Adaptive Brake Assist).
The 2012 Mercedes-Benz B-Class is going to be available with a wide selection of 4-cylinder turbocharged power units. The 1.6-liter gasoline unit develops 121 hp (122 PS / 90 kW) and has a peak torque of 147 lb.-ft (200 Nm) in the first configuration as there is a more powerful one that produces 154 hp (156 PS / 115 kW) and 184 lb.-ft (250 Nm).
If you prefer diesels, Mercedes offers a 1.8-liter unit that generates 107 hp (109 PS / 80 kW) and 184 lb.-ft (250 Nm) or 134 hp (136 PS / 100 kW) with 221 lb.-ft (300 Nm) of torque. Later on, a more powerful 2.0-liter gasoline engine will be offered.
All of these engines will get as standard the stop/start system and can be mated to either a 6-speed manual gearbox or the all-new dual-clutch 7-speed transmission. Mercedes also hinted something about some green variants of the B-Class, like an EV, a hybrid or a fuel-cell, but nothing is certain at the moment.
Source: Mercedes-Benz via WCF
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