TORONTO—Mercedes-Benz Canada unveiled the new B 250 to an audience of fleet buyers and customers at its training centre in Mississauga.
The redesigned compact wagon now boasts a two-litre four-cylinder turbocharged engine, that produces 208 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. This represents an impressive 55% gain over the previous generation B 200 engine. It’s paired with the seven-speed dual clutch (7G DCT) transmission. It comes equipped with start-stop technology that shuts down the engine when the vehicle comes to a stop, a feature which improves fuel economy.
The sculpted body has a reduced drag coefficient and the manufacturer claims gas consumption of 5.5 litres per 100km highway and 7.9 in the city.
The B 250 comes with many standard safety features as well as numerous options that make driving easier. For city drivers, the active parking assist option will seek out a parallel parking spot at speeds of up to 36kmh. Once one is found the car will maneuver itself in, with minimal intervention from the human behind the wheel. The B 250 will also memorize the moves it made to get in, so if the configuration is the same when it’s time to leave, the car can get you back on the road the same way.
On the safety side, the car has collision prevention assist, a radar-based collision warning system that can identify the threat of a rear-end collision, along with the following standard safety equipment: 11 airbags, adaptive brake assist, attention assist, Electronic Stability Program (ESP), four-wheel disc brakes with ABS, rain sensing windshield wipers and run-flat tires.
The B-Class can also be customized with several option packages that include features like 14-way front seats with three-position memory, a panoramic sunroof, Distronic Plus, Comand APS with HDD Navigation and DVD Changer, as well as the passive blind spot and lane keeping assist systems.
“The B-Class continues to hold the distinction of being a Canadian exclusive model in North America, and the success of the previous generation has demonstrated that this stylish, safe and comfortable vehicle is ideally suited to our savvy consumers,” said Tim Reuss, president and CEO of Mercedes-Benz Canada. “With the launch of the next generation B-Class, we are introducing an even more versatile and compelling package while maintaining the key attributes that were integral to the vehicle’s success.”
The MSRP for the 2013 B 250 is $29,900.