Mercedes-Benz has announced three new models will make their public debut at the Paris motor show next month – the recently-revealed AMG A35 and GLE, along with the all-new B-Class.
It's the first time the marque has officially confirmed the latter's reveal, with the new model claimed to put "the emphasis on the sports part of Sports Tourer".
At this stage we know the new B-Class will aim to look "more dynamic" than the tall and boxy iteration currently on sale, while still claiming to be more spacious, efficient, and cleaner than its predecessor.
Mercedes-Benz has also confirmed the B-Class will feature the company's new MBUX infotainment system debuted in the related A-Class, in addition to the latest in driver assistance and active safety systems first seen in the flagship S-Class limousine.
Recent spy images of B-Class prototypes indicate the new model won't quite be as sexy as its A-Class sibling, though it definitely appears more rounded and athletic-looking than the car currently on sale.
Expect the powertrain line-up to largely mirror that of the core A-Class range, including a range of four-cylinder turbocharged petrol and diesel engines. We'd wager plug-in hybrid power is also on the cards for the near future.
The B-Class will become the latest model line to be spawned off the new A-Class platform, which already includes the hatchback, short- and long-wheelbase sedans (the latter is China-only) – bringing the total number of family members to four. Still to come are the new-generation CLA four-door coupe and GLA crossover, along with the rumoured GLB SUV.
Mercedes-Benz has already confirmed it plans to create at least eight model variants off the new A-Class platform, meaning there's still a couple of slots left – could there be another CLA Shooting Brake coming? Perhaps an A-Class Estate or GLA Coupe could be in the works too.
For now, we'll have to wait and see. In the meantime stay tuned to CarAdvice for our coverage of the Paris motor show including the global unveiling of the all-new Mercedes-Benz B-Class.