All eyes of minivan fans were pointed into 2019 Mercedes-Benz B class redesign and changes. The first impression is not too good. It seems like the public expected too much. The new B-Class minivan is different. Restyling added some versatility. Also, the vehicle is refreshed outside and inside. However, can it compete for the upcoming wave of the new crossovers and SUVs? We doubt, but let’s give it a shot.
Well, the new 2019 Mercedes-Benz B class brings a lot of hi-tech features. Also, it comes with a different design language than before. We used to see it as a larger A-Class model. Now, the B-Class gets a new front fascia and a higher roofline. Source of power is the same for the new minivan, and usage of lighter materials will drop the overall weight and boost the fuel economy.
2019 Mercedes-Benz B class Restyle Changes
Larger, bolder, and more aggressive. That is how we can describe the 2019 Mercedes-Benz B class. The new minivan will be more functional than before. Also, it provides more space, bot for passengers and cargo. We can recognize details from so-called “Sensual Purity” design language. Modern luxury is the main focus. That is a soul of all Mercedes-Benz vehicles. But, each model comes with unique details and appeal, but still keeping the charm of the company. Additionally, there are some surprising and aesthetic details that take the best from contrast colors. The B-Class for 2019 is getting all these elements.
The part of the traditional Mercedes-Benz design is a grille. The compact minivan will keep it and upgrade the entire front fascia. First of all, heavily criticized headlights are now different from the smaller stablemate, A-Class. LED lamps are standard. Buyers can upgrade these at higher trim levels with double daytime running headlights. Also, the vehicle stands higher, with more ground clearance.
The new overhang is visible from the side of the minivan. The wheelbase is also longer for the 2019 Mercedes-Benz B class. Again, owners will choose if their ride is going to be more or less sportier. Base configuration includes 16-inch wheels. Upper trim levels and additional options are offering upgrades to 17-, 18-, or 19-inch rims.
Details at the back of the 2019 Mercedes-Benz B class are very interesting. Taillights are narrower as they are closer to the middle of the rear end. Exhaust tips are similar to AMG models with chrome finishes. Black rear-view mirrors are also making the 2019 Mercedes B-Class more aggressive.
2019 Mercedes-Benz B class Interior
The cabin of the 2019 Mercedes-Benz B class hides the hi-tech features and the latest safety equipment. Infotainment system’s highlight is a 7-inch touchscreen display. Also, another 7-inch display shows all the important things about the vehicle – fuel, speed, etc. Well, the control center seems to be modern and easy to use. Good news for tech nerds – some features for 2019 Mercedes B-class is borrowed from S-Class.
2019 Mercedes-Benz B class Specs
The last edition of the vehicle got the new engines. The 2019 Mercedes-Benz B class will continue to use the same lineup as its predecessor. That means we will see the minivan with two petrol and one diesel unit in salons. Base models are getting power from the 1.4-liter four-cylinder mill that is capable to deliver 165 hp and 185 lb-ft of torque. Top of the line gasoline option is coming with a 2.0-liter engine. This one is good for 225 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque.
A 1.5-l diesel unit is delivering 120 hp and 200 lb-ft of torque. It will boost the fuel mileage and towing capacity. A seven-speed dual-clutch transmission is standard, while the base model also offers a six-pace manual gearbox. Finally, we expect to see an AMG B-Class minivan with twin-turbo 2.0-l engine. The output will be higher than for the standard vehicle.
The 2019 Mercedes-Benz B class might not be too powerful, but it is very fuel friendly. Estimations say it will be able to run 45 mpg on highways and around 40 mpg combined. You will hardly find some crossover in the same rank with the compact minivan.
2019 Mercedes-Benz B class Price, Competition
The main rival for the 2019 Mercedes-Benz B class is coming from the German carmaker BMW. Well, these two companies are fighting in all segments. There is not a class where one of them is without the competition from the other. The minivan of the Bavarian archrival is BMW 2-Series Active Tourer. According to early announcements, it is coming the same as before. The 2019 Mercedes B-class, with a new layout, will offer more space and technology. However, we are still waiting for the response.
The base models of the 2019 Mercedes-Benz B class are going to cost around $28,000. The vehicle is available under 25,000 euros in Europe, and 22,000 pounds in the UK. Top of the class versions will exceed $40,000 and the AMG minivan will cost close to $50,000.