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The Mercedes-Benz B-Class is a compact executive MPV (M-segment) produced by German automaker Mercedes-Benz since 2005. Mercedes-Benz markets it as a sports compact tourer. It is similar to the A-Class, though bigger and with bigger engines. The European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP) classifies it as a small MPV (multi-purpose vehicle). As of December 20, 2013, delivery of B-Class vehicles reached 1 million since the launch of the B-Class in 2005.

Second generation (W246, 2011–2018)
The second generation B-Class was introduced at the 2011 International Motor Show Germany. European models went on sale in November 2011. Japan models went on sale in April 2012. They are assembled at Rastatt, Germany, and from 2011 at Kecskemet, Hungary. By summer 2013, over 230,000 second generation B-Class cars had been delivered.

It included new gasoline and diesel engines, mated to either a six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. Drag coefficient was lowered, despite growing in overall dimensions to the benefit of interior space. A new four-cylinder engine was introduced with the model, the M270.

New safety systems included adaptive cruise control, blind spot assist and, a collision prevention adaptive brake system.

Variants and nomenclature
The last part of the model name indicates how the vehicle is powered:

Natural Gas Drive: c, e.g. B 200 c (for compressed natural gas)
Diesel: d, e.g. B 250 d
Electric: e, e.g. B 250 e
Fuel cell (which  is a type of electric vehicle which uses a fuel cell, instead of a battery, or in combination with a battery) f, e.g. B 200 f
All-wheel drive (which is one with a powertrain capable of providing power to all its wheels, whether full-time or on-demand) : i.e. B 250 4MATIC

BlueEFFICIENCY is a term used by Mercedes-Benz for a series of measures which reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. These include:

Start/stop function switches off the engine temporarily when the vehicle is stationary.
Alternator management for regenerative braking.
Tyres optimised for rolling resistance have low energy requirements while driving and also help to reduce fuel consumption.
The B 180 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY Edition was available from September 2011.

B 200 Natural Gas Drive
Production version includes a choice of manual and 7G-DCT dual clutch transmission, and was available from early 2013. European model was set to go on sale in February 2014.

B-Class Electric Drive
Initial concept versions of the B-Class Electric Drive were developed under the Mercedes-Benz BlueZERO project using batteries from Li-tec and a drivetrain from Tesla, but Mercedes switched to using a drivetrain developed by Mercedes itself soon after. The Electric Drive was previewed at the 2012 Paris Motor Show, the 2013 New York International Auto Show, and the 2013 IAA International Motor Show 2013. Production for retail customers began in April 2014 at Mercedes-Benz Rastatt factory. In May 2014, Mercedes announced the B-Class Electric Drive will be available in Germany and the UK in the first quarter of 2015. In November, Mercedes-Benz announced pricing for Germany and started accepting orders.

The concept has an electric motor rated 136 PS (100 kW; 134 hp) and 310 N⋅m (229 lb⋅ft), 36 kWh lithium-ion battery from Tesla Motors. The vehicle has a driving range of 200 km (124 mi) with a top speed of 150 km/h (93 mph). The battery can be charged at any standard domestic 230 V power outlet or 400 V rapid charging terminal.

Pricing in the U.S. starts at US$41,450 before any applicable tax credits and other government incentives. In 2015, over 1900 electric B-class were sold in the US. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), under its five-cycle testing, rated the 2014 B-Class Electric Drive with an all-electric range of 87 mi (140 km). The energy consumption was rated at 40 kWh/100 miles for combined city/highway driving, corresponding to a fuel economy of 84 miles per gallon gasoline equivalent - MPGe - (2.8 L/100 km; 101 mpg imp). The rating for city driving is 85 mpg-e (2.8 L/100 km; 102 mpg imp), and 83 mpg-e (2.8 L/100 km; 100 mpg imp) for highway.

Third generation (W247, 2018–present)
The third generation B-Class was launched at the Paris Motor Show on October 2, 2018 featuring semi-automated driving borrowed from the S-Class.


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