The Mercedes-Benz B-Class was the model which inaugurated the brand’s new FWD platform in late 2011, so it was only natural that the MPV was the first in line for a facelift.
After three years on the market and 350,000 sales, the B-Class gets both aesthetic and content upgrades for its first facelift. The design updates are relatively minor and affect mostly the headlights and taillights. The front end gets a new bumper, wide radiator trim with two louvers and DRLs integrated into the headlights. The rear bumper has also been refreshed and now features a contoured covering and an additional chrome trim strip.
Furthermore, the optional LED High Performance headlamps give the B-Class a more striking look – but they’re not available on the B-Class Electric Drive or Natural Gas Drive. At the rear, the darkened LED taillights help distinguish the facelifted model from the previous one.
Inside, the facelift brings a larger free-standing head unit display (up to 8 inches), as well as a dial layout for the instrument cluster. Additionally, the ambient lighting now includes 12 colors.
Mercedes-Benz has also aligned the trim levels with the other members of its FWD family. There are three new design and equipment lines: Style, Urban and AMG Line, each featuring a number of distinctive exterior and interior details. On top of these grades, the Night, Exclusive and AMG Exclusive packages bring more options for individualization.
The B-Class is available with five diesel engines and four petrol units, as well as with alternative drive versions – Electric Drive and Natural Gas Drive. The 4Matic all-wheel drive system is offered as an option on select models. Sales of the facelifted B-Class begin today, with the world debut taking place at the Paris Motor Show. Deliveries begin on November 29, with prices starting from €27,102.25 ($35,023) for the base B 180.