2019 Mercedes-Benz B-Class: The least American car at the Paris Motor Show
There's quite a bit of forbidden fruit here at the 2018 Paris Auto Show, you know cars that we want but can't get in the states, and Mercedes' new b class is kind of in that category, I mean sort of.
It's certainly forbidden, we're not getting it in the US, but I don't know if it's something that American audiences really want, and I think Benz knows that.
Which is why they're not giving it to us.
Now most of us in the States probably only know the B Class as the B Class Electric Drive, a sort of weird part minivan, part hatchback electric car thingy that was only sold in limited volumes.
However here in Europe the B Class is a fully fledged member of Mercedes Benz's lineup with a full range of gasoline and diesel engine.
And while it's silhouette is still kind of a fun house mirror vertically stretched impression of the small A class hatchback, this one comes off as much less van and more sport hatchback.
Indeed, it looks a lot smaller, it prints smaller in person, but it has more space inside.
I'm not even sure how Mercedes managed to do that.
Inside we've got the new [INAUDIBLE] entertainment system with a lot of cool new features likes the Siriesque Hey Mercedes voice recognition and some augmented reality features.
And it also inherits a host of driver aide technologies from the S class like active lane change assist.
Now I did mention that it comes with a range of gasoline and diesel engines ranging from the B180 all the way up to the B220D And the largest diesel engines are gonna be made with a new HB dual clutch automatic transmission.
I think that's actually a first for a Mercedes-Benz.
Now the B class is definitely not bound for the US in its entirety.
Maybe one day though we'll see that HB dual clutch in a future Benz model.
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