Interior design: Revolution, the second

Nov 28, 2018
Stuttgart

The Mercedes-Benz designers were highly praised for the revolutionary interior design of the A-Class. Even though the interior of the B-Class is equally as avant-garde, the designers took a different approach here: while the instrument panel of the sister model is split into two horizontal bodies, the B-Class has a single basic volume which drops towards the occupants and has cut-outs in the driver and front passenger area. An air scoop in the cockpit was dispensed with. The ambient lighting with 64 colours and ten colour worlds is a unique feature in this vehicle segment.

The instrument panel consists of a single basic volume, which has optical cut-outs in the driver and front passenger area. The cut-out on the driver's side characterises the completely free-standing display unit, which is available in three variants: with two 7-inch displays (17.78 cm), with one 7- and one 10.25-inch display (26 cm) and, in the Widescreen version, with two 10.25-inch displays (for information on the User Interface and its operation see the chapter on MBUX – Mercedes-Benz User Experience). On the passenger side, the cut-out area is finished with a trim element.

The five round air vents feature a high-grade turbine look with finely styled air ducts, inspired by the world of aviation. In the Style equipment line, the vent surround is colour-accentuated in the depth of the vent geometry to give the impression of an afterburner. The three central air vents are symmetrically positioned. The centre console with touch-based control and input system is available with a black panel look similar to the E-Class.

The door centre panel transitions seamlessly into the armrest, underlining the sensual, flowing design principle. The grab and assist handle has a tubular profile and runs horizontally like a railing. It comes in Silver Shadow design for the Progressive equipment line and higher. The new B-Class has a 3-spoke multifunctional sports steering wheel with touch controls to control the displays.

Three different seat variants offer excellent ergonomics and a high degree of comfort even on longer journeys. Alongside the standard seat with straight stitching, a comfort seat with double topstitching is available in conjunction with the Style and Progressive equipment lines. The AMG line comes with sports seats in the front with adjustable head restraints as standard. This seat variant is also available for the Progressive line on request.

The expanded ambient lighting stages the interior like a work of art with 64 colours and ten colour schemes.

Colour & trim: Lots of choice and high-quality materials

The colours and materials in the B-Class reinterpret the modern luxury of Mercedes-Benz. An attractive and diverse offer of exterior paints and interior colours allows you to customise your vehicle.

The Style equipment line offers cool and modern interior colours, including indigo blue inspired by blue jeans. Graphic trims and cool silver, grey and white nuances in the exterior paint round off the look perfectly.

The Progressive line typifies Mercedes-Benz exclusivity. The black and macchiate beige appointments are also available in leather and are tastefully combined with high-quality, open-pore woods in black or brown.

The sporty character of the AMG line has been enhanced for the B-Class with new appointments. Dinamica fabric in black with red topstitching calls motorsport to mind. The interior colour combination black/neva grey with carbon-look trim works with strong contrasts and comes across as both cool and modern. In addition, leather appointments in black/titanium grey pearl and classic black/red are on offer. Trim elements in brushed aluminium underscore the character of the AMG line.

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