The all-new 2012 B-Class moves a step closer to its international unveiling this week, with a pair of new images revealing a considerably more upmarket cabin.
Mercedes says the look and feel of the new B-Class cabin is a result of the company's "perceptual psychology" studies carried out at the Daimler Customer Research Centre.
Described as an "emotional design with sporty qualities," the new B-Class interior gets a trio of SLS AMG-inspired circular vents in the centre of the dash, setting the theme for the surrounding style.
The large 'three-dimensional' decorative element running the length of the dash will be offered in four variants, covering a range of modern, sporty and classic styles.
Rising out of the dash is a new iPad-styled high-quality screen, available in two sizes depending on the spec.
The display features a satin silver frame and a piano black border outlining the galvanised TFT display face.
Mercedes' new three-spoke steering - featured in performance models right up to the CLS - sits ahead of an instrument cluster with four round analogue displays and 'hanging' needles.
The new B-Class will be making its international debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA) in September, before making its way to European dealerships in November.
Speaking with TMR today, Mercedes-Benz Australia's David McCarthy confirmed an early 2012 debut for the new B-Class.
"We're aiming for near the end of the first quarter, but specific dates are still to be confirmed," Mr McCarthy said.