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by Brett Davis

Mercedes-Benz has unveiled the all-new 2012 Mercedes-Benz B-Class ahead of its official 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show debut. The new Mercedes-Benz B-Class showcases a sleek new body and is described by Mercedes as a compact sports tourer.

As we have reported earlier, the new Mercedes-Benz B-Class’s quality and refinement has been taken up a step, with plenty of new technologies added to the model as well as a spruced up luxurious yet sporty interior. Dr Thomas Weber, Member of the Board of Management responsible for group research and head of development for Mercedes-Benz Cars, recently said,

“No model change in the history of Mercedes-Benz has ever seen so many new developments introduced in one fell swoop. Future B-Class customers will benefit from this quantum leap in terms of exemplary low fuel consumption and CO2 emissions combined with driving pleasure, plenty of space and the highest standard of safety that has ever been available in this class.”

The 2012 Mercedes-Benz B-Class will initially be available with two petrol engines and two diesel engines. The petrol versions will consist of a B 180 variant which uses a 1.6-litre turbocharged four-cylinder unit producing 90kW of power and 200Nm of torque. Next up will be a B 200 variant using a similar 1.6-litre turbocharged four-cylinder producing 115kW and 250Nm.

Making up the diesel models will be a B 180 CDI using a 1.8-litre turbo-diesel four-cylinder producing 80kW of power and 250Nm of torque, while a B 200 CDI will feature an uprated version of the engine, producing 100kW and 300Nm. Variants will be available with a six-speed manual transmission or an optional seven-speed 7G-DCT dual-clutch automatic transmission.

As for the unveiled exterior design, the new Mercedes-Benz B-Class takes on the latest Mercedes-Benz design language, showcasing a more open two-tier front grille and horizontal LED spotlight layout. The side of the new B-Class also gets a new panel kink that rises from the rear of the front door to meet up with the top of the taillights.

Meanwhile at the rear, the new Mercedes-Benz B-Class offers a well-rounded look with new taillights, chrome trimmings and a sporty rear bumper bar incorporating a neat little diffuser. From the rear we can also see the roofline drops down to the tailgate, giving the B-Class a sleeker side profile and a more sporty look.

As for technologies and safety equipment, the 2012 B-Class will get a range of features, some of which will be a first for the class, including Blind Spot and Lane Keeping Assist, Collision Prevention Assist, speed limit sign recognition, Active Parking Assist, Brake Assist, Pre-Safe, and a reversing camera.

The 2012 Mercedes-Benz B-Class will go on sale in Australia in the second quarter of next year, after it hits European showrooms in November. We’ll be sure to keep you updated with all of the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show coverage in the meantime.