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Having donated its diesel engine to the 2009 A-class, the B-class gets a mild update

Mercedes-Benz logo20 Oct 2008

By GEORGIA OCONNELL

MERCEDES-BENZ has introduced a mid-life facelift to the B-class range, but the changes are mainly limited to cosmetics, with revised front and rear treatments (grille, bumpers, headlights and tail-lights) along with new wing mirrors that are now body-coloured. Inside are some revised trim materials and new infotainment units that usefully include full iPod (and other formats) connectivity, allowing titles to be displayed on the central screen while the driver can operate it via the steering wheel controls. Mechanically, though, there is nothing to report. Prices increase by $400 on the unchanged three-model line-up of 2.0-litre models (a diesel, petrol and turbo petrol).
Model release date: 1 October 2008 to 1 April 2012

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Mercedes-Benz B-class

Released: Nov 2005
Ended: Oct 2008
Family Tree: B-Class

Built on the same sandwich-platform that was designed to put the engine out of harm’s way and free up a huge amount of cabin room, but enhanced by an extended wheelbase for even more legroom and load space, the B-class was launched by Mercedes-Benz to slot in between the little A-class city car and the C-class compact sedan, effectively replacing the original A-class long-wheelbase. The five-door hatchback was launched in Australia with two models – the B200 with a 2.0-litre petrol engine 100kW and 185Nm and the B200 Turbo with 142kW and 280Nm. Six months later came the confusingly named B180 CDI turbo-diesel model, which actually has a 2.0-litre engine (developing 80kW and 250Nm).

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