Mercedes-Benz gave CNET an early drive in its upcoming B-Class Electric Drive, a new electric vehicle from the German automaker due to hit showrooms this summer.
Mercedes-Benz fits an electric drivetrain, sourced from Tesla, into its B-Class, a model not previously sold in the US.
Read more about the 2014 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive.
The B-Class is designed for five occupants and luggage.
The B-Class' design looks frumpy, but it is practical.
The 28 kilowatt-hour battery pack is fitted in the base of the chassis, between the front and rear axles.
A J1772 charging port sits on the right rear fender.
Luggage space is not compromised by the battery pack.
These comfortable, power-adjustable seats come standard.
The rear bench offers room for three, and includes a pass-through.
These plastic trays are a nice convenience.
Fake wood trim actually looks good, but feels plasticky.
The electric power steering is well-weighted and responsive.
The standard Mercedes-Benz drive selector sits on the column, and the driver can use paddles to change the regeneration level.
The instrument panel includes multiple driver information screens, such as this efficient driving score.
The navigation system comes standard.
Mercedes-Benz's latest cabin tech includes connected features, such as integrated apps.