The 2023 Mercedes-Benz B-Class compact van has a new face and modified powertrains

This is the facelifted 2023 Mercedes-Benz B-Class and while you might have to squint to see the changes, they’re there.

Mercedes-Benz designers first made some changes to the B-Class’ front fascia, including a revised front bumper and a modified grille aimed at giving the car “a dynamic boost”. New LED headlights are also available.

Complementing the updated front is a modified rear with new two-piece LED taillights and subtle spoilers attached to either side of the rear window. Four new wheel designs were also developed, including a set of 19-inch rims.

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The 2023 B-Class cabin features a 7-inch digital instrument cluster and 10.25-inch infotainment screen as standard, though customers can opt for a larger 10.25-inch digital cluster. The interior was further refined with a new flat-bottomed steering wheel and the removal of the rotary controller from the infotainment screen on the center console.

The MBUX system has also been updated and incorporates a fingerprint sensor, an improved Hey Mercedes voice assistant and three redesigned display styles named Classic, Sport and Discreet.

The automaker has also worked to make more eco-friendly choices with the materials used in the cabin, including standard comfort seats with center sections that use 100% recycled materials.

Some safety updates have also been made, including an enhanced driver assistance package which includes an improved lane keeping assist system, active steering control and a trailer maneuvering assist feature while driving. option.

In terms of powertrains, all gasoline variants of the 2023 Mercedes-Benz B-Class are electrified, most of which use a 48-volt mild-hybrid system with a belt-driven starter-generator. Depending on the market, the car will be offered in B 250 e, B 180, B 200, B 220 4Matic, B 250 4Matic, B 180 d, B 200 d and B 220 d versions.

The plug-in hybrid versions of the facelifted B-Class are equipped with an improved high-voltage battery which, in addition to the 3.7 kW charging standard, can be charged with alternating current up to 11 kW, instead of 7, 4 kW as in the past. These models can also be charged up to 22kW via a DC charger, meaning the battery can be boosted from 10% to 80% capacity in 25 minutes. The electric motor has also been upgraded to provide an additional 5 kW, making a total of 80 kW.

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