Mercedes Benz will soon give its B-Class sports tourer luxury hatchback a new dimension in the form of a mid-life facelift. The B-Class hatchback debuted the MFA platform for Mercedes Benz in India, but has been comprehensively outdone by its flashier looking sibling, the A-Class hatchback, in terms of sales numbers at the hustings. To make the B-Class more appealing, the facelift adds a bunch of cosmetic and functional changes.
The facelifted hatchback has been imported into India for homologation at the Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI). After the homologation clearance certificate is issued, the B-Class Facelift will gallop towards a launch, which could happen in the next few months. Coming to the changes themselves, here’s what the refreshed car will gain. In terms of tweaks to the outside, the facelifted version will get the following:
- Revised headlamps with optional LEDs
- Larger air dams up front
- Re-profiled front and rear bumpers
- New tail lamps
- Chrome package on the hatch lid
The insides of the facelifted car are more or less similar to the outgoing version, except for the following changes:
- New steering wheel
- Larger, 8 inch infotainment interface
- Ambient lighting that gets 12 colours for the driver to choose from
Engines and transmissions wise, the 2015 B-Class Facelift retains the familiar 1.6 liter turbo petrol (120 Bhp-200 Nm) and 2.2 liter turbo diesel (108 Bhp-250 Nm) units, with the 7 speed twin clutch automatic transmission driving the front wheels of the car. While a 4MATIC all wheel drive system is offered in colder climes, this bit of optional equipment will not be offered in India. The car is currently imported into the country as a completely built unit (CBU).
Mercedes Benz has no plans to put the likes of the A-Class and B-Class luxury hatchbacks into the CKD assembly list anytime soon. As things stand currently, only the CLA sedan will be assembled from CKD kits at Mercedes Benz’s Chakan assembly unit, near Pune. What this also means is that the B-Class Facelift’s pricing will be similar to the outgoing model’s figures. Expect prices to start under 29 lakh rupees.
The B-Class Facelift will be one of Mercedes Benz India’s 15 car launch blitz in India this year. The German luxury car giant is going all out to beat Audi and retake the numero uno position in India’s luxury car market. 2015 will see Mercedes Benz India launch a mix of all-new products and facelifts to gain market share. The automaker has eschewed the discounting route in favour of a new vehicle barrage and so far this strategy has worked well.