The B-Class is gearing up for it’s biggest change so far and these exclusive spies give us the best hint yet of what the newcomer will look like.
Dressed all in black, Mercedes has tried its hardest to disguise the next-generation of B-Class, but these close-up shots of an early-stage test mule show that development of the newcomer is under way.
When it debuted back in 2005, the original version was more of a crossover vehicle, with its supermini and MPV roots, but the new B-Class looks like it will be moving closer to the classic hatchback design. As a result it will now be going head-to-head with cars like the VW Golf, and Audi A3.
The pictures also show that the new B-Class will be getting a lower profile and sportier appearance. It looks like Mercedes will be aiming the new B-class at a younger audience than the current car in an attempt to sell a larger volume.
So far nothing has been confirmed about the range of engines available, but expect an updated mix of petrol and diesel units similar to the current line-up but with the addition of a hybrid version. There is even talk that a fuel-cell variant may be on offer at some stage in the future.
Expect the new B-Class to make it’s debut at next year’s Geneva Motor Show before hitting showrooms by the autumn.