These are the latest shots of the Merc, which will be built on an all-new front-wheel drive platform, known internally as the MFA. Also new to the next generation will be a conventional unibody frame that replaces the current sandwich structure engineering. The MFA platform will also spawn the next A-Klasse, as well as other derivatives including a compact SUV and a small sedan model. This should make building the B-Klasse less expensive and simpler.
For the MFA platform, Mercedes-Benz will source its front-drive power plants from Renault. The platform will also spawn the next A-Klasse, as well as other derivatives including a compact SUV and a small sedan model.
As for the next B-Klasse, it will feature a series of power plants supplied by Renault as well as in-house engines for the upper range outputs. Those smaller plants could come to include 1.2-liter, 1.4-liter and 1.8-liter turbocharged engines as well as a 1.6-liter diesel, also supplied by Renault. Mercedes-Benz will use its own 2.2-liter diesel for the top diesel variant.
The 2012 Mercedes-Benz B-Klasse is expected to debut this fall at the Frankfurt Motor Show this September. Sales of the next-generation B-Klasse will start by focusing on larger power outputs and then later introduce the smaller engines as well as a plug-in hybrid (E-Cell Plus), an all-electric (E-Cell) and a fuel cell (F-Cell) variant.