Mercedes-Benz PH brings in all-new B-Class with emphasis on new design and tech

July 31, 2019

Auto Nation Group (ANG), the official Philippine distributor and importer of Mercedes-Benz vehicles, recently launched its latest iteration of the B-Class luxury compact MPV.

Dating back 14 years ago to its global debut, the B-Class nameplate has come a long way. And now, this iteration, which is slated for the 2019/2020 model year, expresses a new level of riding in style with a dash of cool tech and practicality for the whole family.

On the outside, the all-new B-Class retains the basic design it was sought after for all these years. Almost less to no changes have been made, albeit very minor reshapes and restyling to keep up with the times. Examples of these include a reshaped body profile with sloping roof line and restyled front end that ties in with the brand’s latest corporate global identity.

Turning to the side, the all-new B-Class flaunts a new set of alloy wheels. Meanwhile, the rear portion get endowed with restyled tail lights, a new hatch, and a sportier version of the old model’s bumper diffuser.

While changes on the exterior are minimal, Mercedes-Benz exerted all efforts to improve the cabin. This time, the interior presents an atmosphere akin to an aircraft. This is evidenced by a new dashboard design with aviator-style air-con vents, improved fin and finish, plus some bits and bobs of piano black accents to level up the elegance.

But perhaps the most noticeable change in the cabin is the B-Class’ infotainment system. The tried and true COMAND system is gone and is now replaced by what the brand refers to as the Mercedes-Benz User Experience (or MBUX for short).

In a nutshell, the MBUX is a system that goes beyond just being an infotainment party piece. It features a highly intelligent virtual assistant, which is activated by pressing a button in the steering wheel or by simply saying, “Hey Mercedes”. It caters to voice commands to attend to infotainment functions such as destination input, phone call, music selection, climate control, and ambient lighting.

Moreover, it comes with a natural speech recognition program that helps it to recognize and understand nearly all sentences from the fields of multimedia and vehicle operation. Tangible components include a 7.4-inch touchscreen display, which is controlled by a comprehensive touch-sensitive pad that combines the functions of the touchscreen, a touch-pad on the center console, and the touch-control buttons on the steering wheel for less driver distraction and stress.

Of course, the all-new B-Class is an MPV. That said, Mercedes-Benz didn’t skim on practicality when designing the car. For extra cargo on weekend vacations, the rear seats can be split-folded into a 40:20:40 configuration, increasing the car’s 455L carrying capacity to 705L.

The 2019/2020 Mercedes-Benz B-Class is equipped with a 1.3L inline 4-cylinder mill with 7-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox, the same powertrain that moves its hatchback brother, the A-Class. As such, the engine delivers 136 hp and 200 Nm of torque.

The all-new Mercedes-Benz B-Class is now available, and is priced at P2,690,000.

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Randolph de Leon
Randy is a person with disability (PWD), a partially-blinded person with only his left eye functioning. Since childhood, the automobile has always been his passion, and is able to express it through photography and most recently, through writing as well. Outside the motoring beat, Randy spends time manning the media aspect of his business which he co-founded with his sister/college classmate. It's called Dragonlight Wellness and Solutions, a multi-business venture centering on improving peoples' lives through earning.