Posted Jan 13th 2012 6:03PM
When the first generation of Mercedes-Benz B-Class family movers rolled into Canadian showrooms in late 2005, it was a unique vehicle for MB in North America. First off, it was only sold in Canada and not south of the border. It was also the only front wheel drive sold by the company on our shores. Critics were skeptical that a fwd, mini minivan would work in the MB line-up. As is wont to happen, the critics were wrong, as the B-Class began drawing new customers into Mercedes showrooms and the car became very visible on the roads in urban centres.
The second generation B-Class made its North American debut at the Montreal Auto Show yesterday. It is based on an all new, compact platform that will form the base for a number of compact and sub-compact models down the road. Technical details on the four door hatch are limited now, but should become available as we get closer to the Fall launch.
See what Mercedes-Benz has to say in their press release after the break.
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The final premiere of the press conference marked the North American debut of the all-new 2013 Mercedes-Benz B-Class. The versatile B-Class represents the first new model in the next generation of compact cars, offering an abundance of space combined with impressive performance. No model change in the history of Mercedes-Benz has involved the introduction of so many new technical features.
Highlights include an all-new 7G-DCT dual clutch transmission, standard ECO start/stop function, and a level of safety equipment that will establish a new benchmark in the segment including a sophisticated new radar-based collision warning system that will significantly reduce the risk of rear-end collisions.
The centre of gravity has been lowered by a further 20 mm, and the sport suspension with amplitude-selective damping and a Direct-Steer system emphasize the car's dynamic character.
Inside, the spacious and refined interior of the B-Class will also define a whole new standard in the compact segment with high-quality materials, finely structured surfaces, stylish details and precision workmanship.
When it arrives in Canadian showrooms in the last quarter of 2012 as a 2013 model, the next generation B-Class will offer exemplary low fuel consumption, unmatched driving pleasure in its segment, and the highest standard of safety that has ever been available in this class.