Mercedes-Benz has facelifted its “mini-MPV” (Compact Sports Tourer in Merc speak) with the introduction of its New Generation B-Class for 2009 model year. The 'new' B-Class now features a redesigned radiator grille with triple chromed-edged slats painted in metallic grey, a reshaped bonnet with a more pronounced crease and restyled bumpers, both fore and aft.
Tail lamps have also been refreshed but it will take more than a pair of keen eyes to notice that. Wing mirrors is now more squarish with a mounting pod – much like the new W204 C-Class, than that of the old one (W203).
The 4-cylinder engines of the refreshened B-Class now save up to 7% fuel than before. Petrol models like the B150, B170, B200 and B200 Turbo (193hp) now have fuel consumption figures ranging from 6.6L and 8.1L per 100 km.
By late 2008, Mercedes-Benz will also offer the B150 and B170 BlueEFFICIENCY range featuring the ECO start/stop function as an option. Mercedes-Benz claims further fuel savings of up to 9% can be achieved with this ECO-function, specifically when driving in congested city traffic: with frequent stops at traffic junctions/lights or when caught bumper-to-bumper traffic crawls.