Mercedes-Benz has officially revealed full details of the next-generation Mercedes-Benz B-Class.
Mercedes has revealed that its new small car range – starting with the B-Class – has been designed to be as future proof as possible, and the brand plans to release a dedicated ‘eco’ version, as well as offering four-wheel drive and a range of alternatively powered models after the initial launch.
The unique sandwich chassis architecture of old has been abandoned, and this has allowed the engineers to lower the B-Class’s centre of gravity by up to 30mm. Although this might not sound like much, it should provide a much sportier drive than before, without sacrificing the comfort that Mercedes are famed for.
What’s more, beneath the passenger cell, an ‘energy space’ has been engineered into the space between the floor and the under tray, which can be used to store batteries, natural gas tanks and fuel cells in the planned electric, hydrogen and hybrid variants, which are all due out in 2013/14.