Mercedes-Benz has published details and images with the 2015 B-Class facelift set to debut next month at Paris Motor Show.
You will need a magnifying glass to notice the styling updates but upon closer inspection you'll see the redesigned front bumper featuring bigger air ducts, a tweaked front grille along with daytime running lights built into the headlamp assembly. One of the main novelties is the availability of LED High Performance headlamps which look different but cost extra and can't be ordered on the Electric Drive version. At the back there are bi-color taillights equipped with LED tech as well as a slightly modified bumper housing trapezoidal exhaust pipes.
On the inside there's an eight-inch free-standing display, 12 colors choices for ambient lighting and the possibility of ordering keyless go at an additional cost. Safety systems include Collision Prevention Assist Plus and Attention Assist that now operates between 37 - 124 mph (60 - 200 km/h) and comes with a five-stage bar display.
In terms of engines, only four-cylinder units are available, starting with the B 180 which packs a 1.6-liter rated at 122 PS & 200 Nm. Up next is the B 200 that has the same engine but with 156 PS & 250 Nm. The B 220 4MATIC uses a larger 2.0-liter delivering 184 PS & 300 Nm to both axles while the B 250 has 211 PS & 350 Nm.
On the diesel side, the base B 160 CDI has a 1.5-liter sourced from Renault with 90 PS & 240 Nm, followed by the B 180 CDI with 109 PS & 260 Nm. Upgrading to the B 200 CDI will get you a 2.1-liter with 136 PS & 300 Nm and is topped by the B 220 CDI which has 177 PS & 350 Nm.
The B-Class Electric Drive is powered by an electric motor generating 180 PS (132 kW) and an instant torque of 340 Nm (251 lb-ft), enough for a 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) run in a decent 7.9 seconds and a 99 mph (160 km/h) top speed. With the 28 kWh lithium-ion battery pack charged, the electric B-Class will do up to 85 miles (137 km) before running out of juice. A full recharge takes three and a half hours when using a 240V charger. If you are in a hurry, charging for about two hours will grant a 60 mile (96 km) range.
Already available on order, the 2015 Mercedes-Benz B-Class facelift will hit dealerships on November 29. In Germany, prices start at €27,102.25 for the base B 180 model. The same version is priced at £22,575 in UK.
Additional details can be found in the attached press release.