The new B-Class lobs Down Under in a single variant, but it's generously specced and offers a more practical outlook than the A-Class.

Mercedes-Benz Australia has announced pricing and specs for the new B-Class, which is now available exclusively in B180 Sports Tourer guise Down Under, starting at $46,400 before on-road costs.

Power comes from a 1.3-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine making 100kW and 200Nm, put to the front wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. Claimed combined fuel consumption is 5.7L/100km on the combined cycle.

Standard kit includes lane-keeping assist, autonomous emergency braking, traffic sign assist and blind-spot monitoring, along with parking sensors at both ends, a reversing camera, auto folding mirrors and Pre-Safe. An electronic tailgate with hands-free access and keyless go are both standard fit on Aussie cars.

The dual-screen MBUX infotainment system is standard, and includes factory navigation in all Australian models. There's a nine-speaker audio system, and a new 'sports steering wheel' with paddles. MBUX is hooked up to the 'Mercedes Me' cloud system, allowing owners to keep track of where they've parked, whether they've locked the car and their fuel level through an app.

You're also able to remotely lock or unlock and turn on the climate control, handy for frosty mornings.

As for the B-Class, think of it as an A-Class wearing cargo pants and a practical hat. It's built on the same underpinnings as the A, with the same 2729mm wheelbase, but the B has a roofline 122mm taller for a more spacious cabin and extra luggage space.

Boot space is 455L with the 40/20/40 rear bench in place, and 1100L with the rear seats folded – 1540L if you load all the way to the roofline. The driver sits 90mm higher than in the A-Class, designed for better all-round visibility when scything through tight urban environs.

2019 Mercedes-Benz B-Class pricing

  • B180 Sports Tourer - $46,400

All prices exclude on-road costs. Please excuse the lack of local images. We're chasing them up with MB Australia.