Spyshots: 2012 Mercedes B-Klasse Undergoing Winter Testing
In preparation for its autumn debut, German engineers are giving the new model a thorough workout to see if it can cope with hard winter conditions. Unfortunately, the vehicle is still wearing heavy camo, so we can’t tell you any novelties about the exterior of the car.
The next B-Klasse will be built on a new front-wheel drive platform, dubbed the MFA, and will be made using a more conventional unibody frame, making production less expensive than the current model's sandwich structure. For the MFA platform, Mercedes-Benz will source its powertrains from Renault. The platform will also spawn the next generation A-Klasse, as well as other derivatives including a compact SUV and a small sedan model.
The five-door hatchback will come with a range of engines that includes small turbocharged diesel and petrol packages, as well as a hybrid option further down the line. Those smaller plants will come to incorporate 1.2-liter, 1.4-liter and 1.8-liter turbocharged engines as well as a 1.6-liter diesel supplied by Renault. Mercedes-Benz will use its own 2.2-liter diesel for the top diesel variant.
Delivering the power to the front wheels will be either a six-speed manual or a six-speed dual-clutch, as Mercedes has dropped the CVT variant. Improved fuel efficiency will be achieved thanks to the addition of top/start technology fitted as standard on both transmission models.
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