The first official interior images of the 2012 Mercedes-Benz B-Class have been revealed ahead of the premium small car’s international debut at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show in September.

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The new design draws inspiration from Mercedes-Benz’s sports models – especially the SLS AMG and the all-new third-generation SLK – and is a significant step up from the outgoing B-Class interior design.

Overall quality has taken a big leap forward with artico man-made leather across the dashboard cover, neat stitching, and a number of other sharp, modern surfaces.

(outgoing model above)

The four-spoke air vents give the interior an aviation theme, while the major controls are laid out in a minimalistic style.

The pop-up central TFT colour screen will be available in two sizes – both wrapped in an ornamental piano black frame – and will feature internet connectivity, similar to the recently updated C-Class.

The new three-spoke steering wheel is the same as the one found in the Mercedes-Benz CLS. Every model will feature the silver central spoke, adding to the premium feel of the compact model.

Sitting behind the wheel is a completely redesigned instrument panel with four hanging needles and a large digital display in the middle.

As previously reported, the second-generation Mercedes-Benz B-Class will go on sale in Australia during the second quarter of 2012.

Although the exterior is yet to be full unveiled, we published a number of spy photos of lightly camouflaged test cars undergoing the final stages of European testing last month.

The 2012 Mercedes-Benz B-Class will hit the stand at Frankfurt on September 13, ahead of a European rollout in November.

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