2019 Mercedes-Benz B-Class: Practical mini-minivan isn’t for the USA

The 2019 Mercedes-Benz B-Class is based on the latest A-Class platform. Again it has a taller hatchback body, and will miss out on all the AMG engines.

It will be more practical than the A-Class sedan or hatch, though. And it will have all the fancy tech in the more exciting A-Class models, including the digital instrumentation display and the MBUX infotainment system.

A folding front passenger seat will be available next year, and although the car is about the same size as today’s model, it’s trunk is more practical because the rear seat slides.

The trunk can hold 455L (16.1 cu ft) with the rear seats all the way back, 705L (24.9 cu ft) with the rear seats slid forward, and 1,540L (54.4 cu ft) with the rear seats down.

Passenger space should be good because of the 2,729mm (107.4″) wheelbase. The new B-Class does have a slightly lower roof line than before.

At launch there will be two versions of the 1.33L turbo I4 gas engine:

  • B180: 100kW (136hp), 200Nm (148 lb-ft), 7-speed DCT
  • B200: 120kW (163hp), 250Nm (184 lb-ft), 7-speed DCT

There will also be three versions of the 1.5L turbo-diesel I4:

  • B180d: 85kW (116hp), 260Nm (192 lb-ft), 7-speed DCT
  • B200d: 110kW (150hp), 320Nm (236 lb-ft), 8-speed DCT
  • B220d: 140kW (190hp), 400Nm (295 lb-ft), 8-speed DCT