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TopGear.com.ph Philippine Car News - Mercedes-Benz teases with next-generation B-Class

In production since 2005, the current Mercedes-Benz B-Class is set to retire later this year and the German carmaker has offered a glimpse of what the next-generation model will look like based on its silhouette and a close-up view of the lower portion of its front bumper.

Set to debut at the Frankfurt International Motor Show in September and due to reach European showrooms after two months, the next-generation B-Class is reportedly substantially more agile and efficient that the model it will replace while remaining as comfortable and spacious as ever.

The first clues to the compact sports tourer's dynamic credentials include its lower height and more upright seating position. In addition, the lowered center of gravity, the new four-link rear axle and the upgraded Electronic Stability Program are instrumental in the next-generation B-Class' substantially enhanced dynamic performance in comparison to its predecessor. A sports suspension that lowers the vehicle's ride height by an additional 20 millimeters and features sports dampers is also available as an option for further enhanced agility.

Two new 1.6-liter, four-cylinder petrol engines will power the all-new B-Class with the B 180 model putting out 122hp and 200Nm of torque while the B 200 variant produces 156hp and 250Nm of torque.

Likewise, two new 1.8-liter, four-cylinder diesel engines will be offered with the compact sports tourer with the B 180 CDI generating 109hp and 250Nm of torque while the B 200 CDI churns out 136hp and 300Nm of torque.

Transmission choices for the next-generation B-Class are a new seven-speed dual clutch transmission that incorporates an electric oil pump for start/stop capability and a new six-speed manual transmission.

"No model change in the history of Mercedes-Benz has ever seen so many new developments introduced in one fell swoop," said Thomas Weber, member of the board of management responsible for group research and Mercedes-Benz Cars' head of development. "Future B-Class customers will benefit from this quantum leap in terms of exemplary low fuel consumption and CO2 emissions combined with driving pleasure, plenty of space and the customary high standard of safety from Mercedes-Benz."

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