While practical and comfortable, the second-generation Mercedes-Benz B-Class was never described as “dynamic.” However, that’s the exact label the automaker is applying to the next-generation premium compact MPV that will debut next week at the Paris Auto Show.
Mercedes-Benz says the new B-Class “puts the emphasis on the sports part of Sports Tourer.” It looks more dynamic and is more agile than the outgoing model, the automaker adds.
Nevertheless, we’ll let you be the judge of that by checking out new footage of a 2019 B-Class prototype spotted in Stuttgart by WalkoArt. The car wears light camouflage, revealing a clean, evolutionary design. It doesn’t really look more dynamic from where we’re standing.
Anyway, the B-Class’ increased focus on driving dynamics is not bound to affect comfort. Quite the contrary, the carmaker claims the new model will gain more comfort features and interior space than its predecessor.
Based on Daimler’s Modular Front Architecture (MFA) also used by the new A-Class hatchback and A-Class sedan, the 2019 B-Class will offer the widescreen MBUX multimedia system, new driving assistance tech sourced from the S-Class, as well as more efficient and cleaner engines.
No details about the engine lineup have surfaced so far, but it’s safe to assume the B-Class will get the same powertrains as the latest A-Class. Expect an entry-level 1.3-liter turbocharged gasoline engine, a 1.5-liter diesel, and a 2.0-liter gasoline unit.
Mercedes’ decision to offer a successor to the current B-Class surprised many people, as the compact MPV sold just 62,000 units last year — half of 2012 sales. According to data from JATO Dynamics cited by Automotive News Europe, the company sold 41,377 B-Class models in Europe in the first eight months of 2018, down from 45,698 units during the same period of 2017.