Mercedes-Benz has given extra heat to its local B-Class range this Summer, with the Australian debut of the top-shelf B 250 hotbox.
That power comes courtesy of a 2.0 litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine, mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic.
With this combo, Merc promises the front-wheel-drive B 250 will hit 100km/h in 6.8 seconds, and fuel consumption is listed at 6.5 l/100km.
Standard features with the B 250 include a reversing camera, 18-inch alloy wheels on lowered suspension, Direct-Steer with variable servo assistance, drilled brake discs up front, artificial leather trim, Bi-Xenon headlights and a darkened 'de-chromed' styling pack.
There's also LED daytime running lights, twin exhaust tips and tinted windows.
Standard safety features include collision warning and Attention Assist, Active Parking Assist, brake-hold and hill-hold functions, Linguatronic speech recognition.
Belt tensioners, belt-force limiters and belt height adjusters are standard on the outer seats, and rear sidebags are also standard.
The driver and front passenger benefit from new pelvis airbags, and window airbag is also fitted as standard.
As with the other B models, the 250 offers 976mm of rear legroom. With the Easy Vario Plus system optioned, the rear seats can be moved back and forward by 140mm, putting rear storage at anywhere from 488 to 666 litres with the rear seats in the upright position.
The B 180 has also been given basic updates - and copped a $950 price rise. There's new 17-inch alloy wheels replacing the previous 16-inch hoops, and a reversing camera is also now standard (previously $590).
The self-parking system has also been updated with new features to assist in exiting tight spaces, and the front foglights have been replaced with LED daytime running lights.
- 2013 Mercedes-Benz B 180 CGI petrol - $39,900
- 2013 Mercedes-Benz B 200 CGI petrol - $44,900
- 2013 Mercedes-Benz B 200 CDI diesel - $44,900
- 2013 Mercedes-Benz B 250 CGI petrol - $49,500
Note: prices exclude on-road costs.
Note: B 200 model pictured.
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