After making its official appearance during the Frankfurt Motor Show, the new B-Class will be introduced by Mercedes into the United States auto market, the sub-compact luxury model being expected at the next year’s New York Auto Show and right after the American event the car is scheduled to hit the dealerships.
Rumors are that besides the new B-Class Mercedes will also bring a small SUV on the US market, which could be followed by a version of the A-Class, all of this with only one purpose: attracting younger buyers into the brand.
“We’ve got two really emotional products coming”, said the president and CEO of Mercedes-Benz USA, Ernst Lieb, which is actually the only thing that keeps the rumors above standing.
Improving the brand’s corporate average fuel economy is what the new B-Class should do and the initial powertrain will be a new turbocharged four-cylinder gasoline direct-injection engine, which will be fitted with the stop / start technology while being mated to a new seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.
According to the German automaker, different drivetrain variations will be introduced later to the US auto market, like fuel-cell and compressed natural gas versions, along with a new EV “helped” by a three-cylinder engine which will keep you going if you run out of batteries.
It seems that the 1.6 liter version of the new B-Class isn’t what the American customers would want and after two officials of the US Mercedes Division drove it they said: “If we unpower it, the customers won’t want it”, so the top-of-the-range B 200 CDI with its 136 horsepower and 300 Nm of torque seems to be like a good choice.