Mercedes-Benz presents mildly restyled B-Class image

The German luxury automaker has announced the first details and photos of the updated 2015 B-Class, to be officially presented during next month’s Paris Motor Show.

The facelifted 2015 B-Class comes with an Audi-inspired refresh approach – meaning you’ll need 20/20 vision to spot the differences between the outgoing 2014 B-Class and the updated 2015 model year debuting in October.

Before you jump for Sherlock Holmes’s magnifying glass, here’s the rundown: there’s a mildly redesigned front bumper that has larger air ducts, a new front grille and daytime running lights infused into the headlights. One particular notice is the availability of the LED High Performance pack for the front lights – though it costs extra, looks different and can’t be mated to the Electric Drive version.

At the back we have LED bi-color taillights and a revised bumper now equipped with trapezoidal exhaust tips. The cabin has an eight-inch freestanding display, 12 possible colors for the moody ambient lights or the optional keyless go entry system. As always, there’s a large selection of safety systems available, among them the updated Collision Prevention Assist Plus and Attention Assist that can work between 37 and 124 mph (60 – 200 km/h).

The B-Class facelift can already be ordered, with deliveries starting on November 29. The base B 180 model will cost customers €27,102.25 in Germany and £22,575 in the UK.

There’s a wide variety of engine choices – though only in four-cylinder format – from the B 180 (1.6-liter with 122 PS & 200 Nm) to the B 250 (2-liter with 211 PS & 350 Nm) for gasoline lovers. Diesel fans can have a range that goes from the B 160 CDI (1.5-liter from Renault with 90 PS & 240 Nm) to the B 220 CDI (2.1-liter with 177 PS & 350 Nm). The Electric Drive version has an electric motor that generates 132 kW and 340 Nm (251 lb-ft), good for a 0-100 km/h (62 mph) jump in 7.9 seconds and a 99 mph (160 km/h) top speed.