Mercedes has been raking good numbers in the sales chart from last couple of years in India. Their interest and presence in our market is getting stronger day by day. That is the reason why they do not want to miss out any opportunity in any luxury segment in India to further strengthen their position in our market. Recently, they have launched the updated version of their entry level car, B-Class which mainly caters to the first time luxury car buyers in India which are very huge in numbers. The new B-Class has been launched with new styling and technical up gradations which aims to make this car a more value for money and better product than before. Have Mercedes done enough? Let———s find out as we review the new B-Class in detail.
The B-Class same as before is available with two engines; one each of petrol and diesel. The petrol unit is the same 4-cylinder, turbocharged, 1.6L engine which has a power output of 122bhp@5000rpm. The maximum torque output of this engine is of 200Nm which ranges between 1250-4000rpm. With this engine, B-Class claims to reach 0-100km/hr within 9.1 seconds before reaching a top speed of 200km/hr. If we talk about top speed then it is the diesel version which is even faster with its top speed of 210km/hr but it is also slightly slower than the petrol version as its timings for 0-100km/hr is of 9.8seconds.
Mercedes has retained the same 2.1 L, 4-cylinder engine from the previous B-Class but has re-tuned it for higher output. The engine now pumps out a peak power of 136bhp which ranges between 3600-4400rpm. The utmost torque output of 300Nm starts coming from 1600rpm. Both these engine are only available with advanced 7-Speed Dual Clutch Transmission with precise and responsive gear shifts with manual paddlers on steering wheel. Keeping Indian taste and preference in mind, Mercedes has also tuned the suspension of B-Class for increased comfort and dynamic performance at low and high speeds respectively.
There is no drastic visual difference in the new car but addition of smart changes has surely made it look even better now. The front of the car now includes addition of new twin slat front grille with big Merc logo in the center and new bumper with chrome finished air-dam. The bumper also sports full size exhaust styled carvings on both sides. Another major styling and functional element is its LED headlamps with day time running lights which not only look stylish but also provide better and clear vision at night. Inside, you will notice new instrument console and 3-spoke multifunction steering wheel.
The B-Class comes standard with 7-inch touchscreen system for COMMAND system and panoramic sunroof. The built quality of interiors including the leather and plastic material used inside feels superior and premium making this car similar to any other Merc offering with no compromise on quality. Other features in the car include front and rear armrest, climate control, hill start assist and safety features such as tyre pressure monitoring system, 7-airbags, ABS with EBD, Attention Assist and rear parking camera.
The petrol version of the new B-Class retails at Rs. 27.95 lakhs (ex-showroom, Mumbai) while the diesel version will cost you around one lakh rupee extra. The B-Class has been a premium entry level car from Mercedes after A-Class which has still not got that warm reception from Indians which Mercedes has been hoping for. However, now with more powerful diesel engine, updated styling and improved suspension, the car may now manage to impress even more buyers and may become one of the strongest cars in the Mercedes portfolio in India.