Mercedes Benz has launched the B-Class (B-180 CDI) at Rs. 22.60 lakh ex-showroom Mumbai. This “luxury sports tourer” as Mercedes likes to call the vehicle, was earlier available only in petrol, but with the launch of the diesel, it now has wider appeal, especially for buyers looking for vehicle that could do long road trips.
The B-180 CDI is powered by a 2,143 cc, four-cylinder diesel engine that puts out 109 bhp of power at 3,200 to 4,400 rpm and 250 Nm of torque at 1400-2800 rpm. This is mated to Mercedes excellent 7-speed G-tronic dual-clutch automatic transmission with paddle shifts. The power output on the B-Class diesel does not seem like much, but it’s good enough to power the car to a maximum speed of 190 kmph. The best part though is the fuel economy, with a claimed 18.98 kmpl to the litre of diesel and a 50 litre diesel tank. Also read: Mercedes Benz B-Class unveiled and driven
The vehicle comes in four colour choices – Jupiter red, Polar silver, Cirrus white and Monolith Grey. The car is almost identical to the petrol counterpart apart from the badging on the tail gate. In terms of design, the B-Class is a little quirky as it has bits taken from the SUV range and bits taken from the hatchback and sedan range to create what’s essentially a compact multi-purpose vehicle. It is far more spacious than the A-Class sports hatchback that was launched recently, and in that aspect, it is a bit more practical as well. Also read: Mercedes Benz B-Class launched at Rs. 21.49 lakh
The car is feature loaded with seven airbags, attention assist, traction control, hill hold, ABS and brake assist, and a host of other safety features. It also has a panoramic sun-roof and an infotainment system with navigation built-in. Also read: Mercedes Benz B-Class 180 petrol road test and review
Mercedes-Benz India also launched an a contest called the Luxury Touring Trail Campaign where the winner of the contest will get an opportunity to tour an exotic destination with either Abhay Deol or Aditi Rao, Bollywood film actors. The winner also gets a chance to drive the new B-Class 180 CDI for a year. To take part you have to take a test drive of the B-Class 180 CDI and upload pictures with the car on www.readytob.in.