2023 Mercedes-Benz B-Class breaks cover with refreshed design and features
Mercedes-Benz has taken the wraps off the 2023 version of the B-Class. The third-generation model features a refreshed front fascia and an updated MBUX system with a fingerprint sensor and an improved "Hey Mercedes" voice assistant. The facelifted car is now available with either a 48V mild-hybrid system with a belt-driven starter-generator or in a plug-in hybrid form with revised 109hp electric motor.
- The B-Class was introduced in 2005 by Mercedes-Benz to compete in the premium mid-size MPV segment across the globe. The first-generation model (codename: W245) was essentially an A-class with larger dimensions.
- The current-generation (W247) model has an improved design with a shorter front overhang and features the "Intelligent Drive" semi-automated driving system from the flagship S-Class.
- It rivals the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer.
The 2023 Mercedes-Benz B-Class retains the overall silhouette from the outgoing model and flaunts a sculpted clamshell bonnet, swept-back LED headlight with integrated DRLs, a chrome-studded grille, and a wide air dam. The MPV is flanked on the sides by indicator-mounted ORVMs, flared wheel arches, and designer alloy wheels. Wrap-around LED taillamps, a roof-mounted spoiler, and a shark-fin antenna are available at the rear.
The 2023 B-Class is powered by a plug-in hybrid setup comprising a 1.3-liter turbo-petrol engine (163hp/270Nm) linked to a 109hp/300Nm electric motor. It also gets a 2.0-liter turbo-petrol unit (188hp/300Nm, 221hp/350Nm) and a 2.0-liter diesel motor (148hp/320Nm, 188hp/400Nm) paired with a 48v mild-hybrid system.
On the inside, the 2023 B-Class has a spacious five-seater cabin with premium leather upholstery, a minimalist dashboard, ambient lighting, multi-zone climate control, powered front seats, and a leather-wrapped multifunctional steering wheel. The MPV packs dual 10.25-inch screens for the digital instrument cluster and the MBUX infotainment system with the latest connectivity options. The passengers' safety is ensured by multiple airbags and ADAS functions.
The pricing and availability details for the 2023 Mercedes-Benz B-Class will be disclosed by the German marque in the coming months. We expect the MPV to carry a premium over the current generation model, which starts at $49,600 (roughly Rs. 40.46 lakh) in the US.