Exterior and interior: The difference lies in the details

Oct 20, 2014
In terms of their exterior design, the B-Class Electric Drive and the B‑Class Natural Gas Drive combine refined sportiness and aesthetics with powerful, taut lines. When it comes to the finer details, they differ in design from the petrol and diesel models - particularly in the shaping of the front and rear aprons and the side skirts.
The parallel arrangement of horizontal lines gives the front view of both models with alternative drive systems a powerful appearance. The wide, two-louvre radiator grille and the front bumper with integrated LED daytime running lamps differentiate the vehicles from the others in the B-Class model range.
The key features of the front-end design:
  • broad radiator grille with two matte iridium silver louvres and a large Mercedes star
  • distinctive front bumper with strip-form LED daytime running lamps with chrome-effect insert
  • headlamp and distinctive LED position light with curved fibre-optic cable, in conjunction with bi-xenon headlamps and Intelligent Light System (both optional extras).
The side view combines sporty lines with aerodynamically optimised design. The taut profile gives these B-Class models a powerful and unmistakable flair. The cladding and side sill panels, specially designed to accommodate the raised suspension, give the vehicle its distinctive appearance.
The key features of the side design:
  • sweeping roof line with distinctive swage line
  • sportily contoured roof spoiler
  • side windows without visible frames
  • two innovatively designed feature lines in the doors
  • aerodynamically optimised exterior mirrors with indicator lamps, mirrors attached via bracing bars
  • powerfully curving wheel arches and powerful side sill panels
  • attractive choice of 40.6 cm (16-inch), 43.2 cm (17-inch) and 45.7 cm (18-inch) steel and light-alloy wheels.
The rear end combines strong design with a high level of functionality. The proportions allow a wide opening to the load compartment and a low loading sill. The design idiom of the bumper has been slightly modified compared with the petrol and diesel models.
The defining features of the rear-end design:
  • large, low-extending tailgate with chrome-plated handle
  • wide, high-grade rear tail light clusters that extend from the tailgate round into the side wall. tail and brake lights feature LED technology
  • unmistakable, sporty lighting effect thanks to tail light clusters in LED technology. Licence plate illumination in conjunction with bi-xenon headlamps (optional extra) also in LED version,
  • powerful rear bumper in the vehicle colour with black-grained diffuser-look lower section and concealed exhaust system for B-Class Natural Gas Drive
  • distinctive roof spoiler
  • spoiler lip to the side of the rear window.
Interior: even more refined and individual
Even more individual, exclusive and sophisticated – the facelift has also involved an upgrade of the interior of the B-Class. Evidence of this in the B‑Class Electric Drive and B-Class Natural Gas Drive can be found for example in the form of the free-standing head unit display, which can be provided as an option with a screen diagonal of up to 20.3 cm, or in the elegant design of the dials in the instrument cluster. New is the chronograph look with black dial, four illuminated red pointers as well as modified typography.
A further highlight is the 3-spoke multifunction steering wheel, available in a range of variants. Depending on the equipment line and package (see next chapter), there is a choice of attractive materials and colours – from upholstery in Vianen fabric through to ARTICO man-made leather or cranberry red leather. The high-class flair of the vehicle finds its culmination in such options as ambience lighting with 12 different colours, unusual trim finishes and details such as the silver chrome galvanised switches for the adjustment of the electric seats.