Mercedes-Benz has announced the introduction of a more eco-friendly B-Class model in the form of the B 200 Natural Gas Drive. The car is scheduled to be unveiled in late September at the Paris Motor Show before arriving in dealerships in early 2013.
This is the first B-Class model to adopt the ENERGY SPACE modular body concept consisting of a partial double floor beneath the rear seat bench which makes room for two small or one large natural gas container, containing up to 125 liters of natural gas. This greener B-Class has 16 percent less CO2 emissions and about 50 percent less fuel costs compared to the gasoline model.
Mercedes-Benz says that in natural gas mode, the B200 Natural Gas Drive has a fuel consumption of only 4.2 liters / 100 km and CO2 emissions of 115 g/km, with a range in natural gas mode of up to 310 miles (500 km). With its 156 hp (115 kW) engine, the vehicle can sprint to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 9.1 seconds and has a top speed of 124 mph (200 km/h). The engine can be linked to either a manual gearbox or the 7G-DCT dual clutch transmission.
Check out the press release below for additional details.