allcarschannel  Just days after the debut of the highly anticipated Mercedes AMG GT, the Three-point Star has announced the availability of the second generation B-Class. More than 350,000 units of the B-Class have been delivered since the compact tourer premiered in 2011. Mercedes’ acclaimed sports compact tourer now gets a major uplift to the exterior and interior, as well as a new range of petrol and diesel engine variations.

The facelifted Mercedes-Benz B-Class’ front end has a reworked bumper, wide radiator trim with two louvres, LED high-spec headlights (option for the B-Class electric version), and the integrated DRLs. Profile-wise, the compact retains much elements from the first generation, although a clear and striking shoulder line from head to rear lights and deep-etched wave at the outer portion of the rear door give the updated B-Class a more pronounced side.

From the rear, there’s a modified bumper with contoured coverings and an additional chrome trim strip. Meanwhile, Bi-color LED lights provide emphasis to the rear end and make the vehicle more visible, especially when the sun disappears from the horizon.

Mercedes B-Class spec-ed up on the inside with more Connected services

A high-grade, functional interior underscores the B-Class’s premium quality claim. Energy Space body concept is a modular interior fit for the electric version B-Class, with a lithium ion battery pack placed in the underbody. The facelift gives the vehicle a more exclusive, up-to-date feel and boosts the scope for individualization. Mercedes-Benz has enhanced a number of high-quality details in the B-Class such as the large, free-standing head unit display, which is now larger, with a diagonal of up to 8 inches, and the stylish dial layout for the instrument cluster. There is a choice of 12 colors for the ambient lighting, allowing different moods to be created. The head unit also features animated menus and visual representations that should appeal to the driver and occupants alike.

In addition, the “Mercedes connect me” which can be used with standard communication module, links to vehicle to its environment; when a call is received via the connect.mercedes.me, it would transfer to Mercedes’ Emergency call center, who’d then dispatch a rescue team. It works on accident recovery, service maintenance and incident management, and the connect me works more so for the B-Class Electric drive. The service informs the driver on current charging level of the lithium-ion battery and current vehicle range. From there, the range of Mercedes connect me services is rounded off by the ability (depending on the temperature) to preheat or precool the vehicle ready for a specified departure time. With the pre-installed Mercedes’ COMAND Online, customers are even able to receive real-time traffic information, courtesy of Live Traffic. Access option for the B-Class include the Keyless-GO, a wireless access and drive authorization system.

The choice of efficient engines is extensive: four diesel engines, four petrol engines and two versions with alternative drive systems. Also available are the B 180 and B 180 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY editions.

Thanks to the new B 200 CDI 4MATIC, the pleasure of all-wheel drive and safety now start at around an emissions level of 130 g/km instead of over 150 g/km (B 220 4MATIC) as previously.

The Mercedes-Benz B-Class has a good number of pre-loaded standard safety features, but the upgraded ones include the COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST with autonomous partial braking and the upgraded ATTENTION ASSIST.

Sales of the new B-Class has already commenced last week in the UK, with deliveries slated for November.

Second Generation Mercedes B-Class, B-Class Electric Drive images