Before the year ends, the all new B Class of Mercedes Benz is being launched in Europe. Enough details about these models are revealed in the Frankfurt car show. This information helps in getting a pretty good idea about how these front drive and small cars from Mercedes will look when they arrive in the market finally. Last spring at the New York car show, the German carmaker announced that it will launch a front drive small car in the United States by the middle part of 2012. These vehicles help in meeting the standards of Corporate Fuel Economy. At the Frankfurt show, Mercedes detailed 2 diesel and 2 gasoline engines. These engines are under 2.0L and turbocharged. There is no doubt that the company will offer more powerful versions that range between 135 and 155 horse powers. All the European models are available with new and standard 7 speed dual clutch gearbox as well as automatic start and stop option.
The prices of these cars from Mercedes in Europe begin at a rate that is roughly equal to $30,000. The Mercedes C Class models of 2012 start from $34,800. So, the expected base price is around $30,000 or even lower than that. Like other Mercedes Benz cars, these models will be equipped better with great features. They will feature MB Tex pleather seats rather than the cloth ones.
It has also been revealed by Mercedes that the B Class cars will possess E Cell with lithium ion battery below the floor as well as a 62 mile range. When this battery gets drained a 3 cylinder turbocharged gasoline engine starts and the range is extended to 372 miles. Apart from this, the company is also working one hydrogen based fuel cell version. This is being designed with plans of producing alternative drivetrains for future.
A model based on Mercedes A Class is also included in the new platform of B Class. It is designed according to the concept A racy sports coupe. The car will make its debut next March in Geneva. This model is a compact 4 doors coupe and crossover like Mercedes’ CLS Class. The company has also planned a fifth version, but any kind of detailed information is not available till now. Still Mercedes is deciding on the United States rollout order. However, the A Class is expected to come out first. Then it will be followed by the B Class.