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Spy Shots: 2012 Mercedes-Benz B-Class (With Interior)

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Spy Shots: 2012 Mercedes-Benz B-Class (With Interior)

By Viknesh Vijayenthiran


August 2nd, 2010

2012 Mercedes-Benz B-Class spy shotsGallery

The current Mercedes-Benz B-Class has enjoyed reasonable success in most of the markets it has been launched in, selling over 120,000 units in its first year alone, but the next-generation model due in 2011 is expected to sell in even higher volumes and will be sold in the U.S. for the first time.

To increase sales, there are rumors that Mercedes-Benz is planning to expand the range by adding new variants in addition to the regular hatch: a new coupe-cabrio, a sporty hatchback to rival BMW's 1-series range and possibly a four-door sedan with coupe styling.

One of the models confirmed for production, however, is the hatchback seen here testing in prototype form. It appears to retain the boxy look of the current model, although its side profile shares a definite resemblance with the recently revealed 2011 Mercedes-Benz R-Class. The overall look will align closely with last year’s striking BlueZERO concept family.

2012 Mercedes-Benz B-Class spy shotsEnlarge Photo

Seen for the first time are the new shots of the interior, which reveals Mercedes designers have selected a steering column lever for selecting the gears and have moved the stereo and navigation screen further up the dash than on the previous model.

Expect to see a range of small displacement turbo engines and new hybrid variants offering in the B-Class family, as well as a hydrogen fuel cell model. The new 2012 Mercedes-Benz B-Class will be sportiest yet as a high-performance AMG variant was confirmed by the tuning arm's outgoing boss Volker Mornhinweg late last month. AMG currently offers V-8 engines exclusively but for the B-Class a new specially tuned four-cylinder engine will be developed. The model will compete with other hot-fours such as the Volkswagen Golf R32 and Audi S3. Expect to see a range of performance upgrades as well, including new brakes, a sporty bodykit and upmarket interior.

2012 Mercedes-Benz B-Class renderingEnlarge Photo

Mercedes-Benz previously reversed a decision to bring the current B-Class Stateside because of fears it would damage the luxury brand’s exclusivity and the low dollar exchange rate would make it too expensive.

However, unexpectedly strong sales of the Smart Fortwo minicar are prompting renewed interest in selling the B-Class, and even the A-Class, in North America.



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By Drew Johnson

The current Mercedes-Benz B-Class has little relevance to the United States market, but that will soon change as the German automaker is planning up to three B-Class variants for the U.S. market. Giving a better glimpse of that future, our spy photographers have just sent us the first interior shots of the next B-Class.

Although the current car is essentially a mini-MPV, the next-gen B-Class will likely take the form of a more conventional hatchback. The move is intended to make the B-Class more appealing to younger demographics.

The hatchback seen in our photos will likely be a part of the B-Class’ U.S. mix, but two other models are still under consideration. Mercedes is planning sedan and SUV variants of the next B-Class, giving the premium compact a broader appeal among U.S. buyers.

It remains to be seen what engines will be offered in the new B-Class but expect diesel and gas offerings, and possibly even a hybrid option. Mercedes is also working on a high-performance AMG B-Class model, which will likely feature a four-cylinder with forced induction.

On the interior photos we can clearly see that the display for the radio and navigation has moved up a bit on the dashboard as well as it seems that the gearstick for the automatic gearbox comes with a steering column gear selector rather than a gearstick in the center console. That will offer more possibilities for storage in the center console.

Look for the next-generation B-Class to debut sometime next year as a 2012 model, with U.S. sales likely a year or two later.



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