These shots show the car in the most revealing detail we've seen so far, clothed in far less camouflaging than the last time we saw it. We can now see the outline of the front grille and fascia area as well as more of the taillight design.
As previously reported, the new B-Class will be available in coupe, hatch (pictured) and convertible form, this will allow it to be pitched straight up against the BMW 1 Series.
The new model will come with a range engine options, including small turbocharged diesel and petrol packages, as well as a hybrid option further down the track.
An AMG version is also rumoured, which is said to include a new 2.2-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine offering around 200kW of power - more news on the AMG version will be announced in the coming weeks.
The 2012 Mercedes-Benz B-Class is expected to be unveiled in full at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September. We'll be sure to provide all the coverage and previews leading up to the show.