A more eco-friendly version of the B-Class, named the B 200 Natural Gas Drive, will be officially presented to the public later on this month during the 2012 Paris Motor Show.
According to the German based automaker, this is actually the first B-Class model to get the ENERGY SPACE modular body concept which is adding a partial double floor beneath the rear seat bench in order to make room for a large natural gas container or for two smaller ones. The gas container can carry up to 125 liters of natural gas and, when compared to the gasoline powered version, the model is 50 percent more fuel efficient and it emits 16 percent less CO2.
Mercedes-Benz is saying that the B 200 Natural Gas Drive is burning just 4.2 liters of fuel every 100 km and it’s emitting 115 g/km of CO2. When powered by gas, the model has a range of 500 km (310 miles) and it can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 9.1 seconds, before reaching a top speed of 200 km/h (124 mph), thanks to its 156 HP (115 kW) under its hood. The engine is mated to either a manual transmission or a 7G-DCT dual clutch. More details on the B200 Natural Gas Drive will be announced at the 2012 Paris Motor Show on the 27th of September.