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New Mercedes-Benz B-Class

Published on: February 11, 2019
New Mercedes-Benz B-Class
New Mercedes-Benz B-Class
New Mercedes-Benz B-Class
New Mercedes-Benz B-Class
New Mercedes-Benz B-Class

What's the news?

Mercedes-Benz's all-new B-Class has just gone on sale in Ireland, and the good news is that it's cheaper than it used to be.

While noting that Mercedes-Benz is continuing to offer increased levels of standard specification while maintaining or reducing its new model pricing, Mercedes Ireland sales manager Ciaran Allen said: "Consistent with our on-going product offensive, we are fully focused on delivering best value with the first model to benefit from this being a B180 petrol which comes on the market at €32,745 - a four-digit reduction on the previous model."

There will, eventually, be an even more affordable B160 petrol model too. For some models, a price reduction won't be possible, relative to the outgoing car, but Allen has promised that prices will be "as close to the bone" as possible in those cases.

Part of a 15-model strong revised or all-new lineup for Mercedes this year, the new B-Class (which, once again, is based heavily on the architecture of the A-Class) has been designed expressly to bring younger buyers into the Mercedes brand. Around 1.5 million models of previous generations of B-Class have been sold since the first was introduced, so clearly there is a strong market for the car. In Ireland, sales have generally been consistent at a few hundred units per year.

The engine lineup will, initially, consist of two petrol models (B180 and B200, both using the new 1.33-litre four-cylinder turbo engine) and three diesel variants; B180d, B200d, and B220d, all using variations of the 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel engine.

Equipment will include the all-digital dashboard of the A-Class (known as the MBUX system) and Merc's new digital voice assistant, 'Hey Mercedes.'

Allen also reckons that the car's styling will be of huge appeal. "The designers have squared-the-circle by creating a more sporty, more spacious, more youthful design without having to sacrifice anything in terms of its practicality, comfort or capacity" he said.

Click here to read our review of the all-new Mercedes-Benz B-Class.




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