Paris Motor Show LIVE: Mercedes-Benz B 200 Natural Gas Drive and B-Class Electric Drive image

Mercedes-Benz has officially presented to the public the B 200 Natural Gas Drive and the B-Class Electric Drive during the 2012 Paris Motor Show.

According to the German based automaker, the Mercedes-Benz B 200 Natural Gas Drive is 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 natural gas container can carry up to 125 liters of natural gas and the model is 50 percent more fuel efficient and it’s emitting 16 percent less CO2 than the regular gasoline powered version.

When running on natural gas, the Mercedes-Benz B 200 Natural Gas Drive 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 the 156 HP (115 kW) found under its hood. The engine of the model is mated to a manual transmission or to a 7G-DCT dual clutch. The Mercedes-Benz B 200 Natural Gas Drive is burning an average of 4.2 liters of fuel every 100 km and it’s emitting 115 g/km of CO2.

Besides the B 200 Natural Gas Drive, the German based automaker Mercedes-Benz has also brought the B-Class Electric drive to the 2012 Paris Motor Show. The carmaker says that this is a near-production ready MPV developed in partnership with Tesla and it will be sold in selected markets from 2014. The B-Class Electric drive is part of the zero emission model offensive which includes the SLS Electric Drive. The model is coming with 134 BHP and 228 lb-ft of torque. Electrical energy is provided by a lithium-ion battery pack and the vehicle has a range of 200 km.