Priced: 2014 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive

This week, Mercedes-Benz announced an all-new model to be added to its growing portfolio. The 2014 B-Class Electric Drive may not look like a Mercedes-Benz from the outside, but we expect all the bells and whistles to find a home in the newest edition. Priced at $41,450 before the $925 destination charge, the new B-Class offers an EPA-estimated range of 85 miles, and with the TESLA drive system and 28 kW lithium-ion battery, the B-Class produces 177 horses and 251 lb.-ft. of torque. Charging time is roughly two hours for 60 miles with a 240-V charger, and 3.5 hours for a complete charge. Standard features will include mbrace2 in-vehicle technology suite, 5.8-inch display screen with USB connection, Becker Map Pilot navigation, LED daytime running lights, power front seats with memory, collision prevention assist with adaptive brake assist, attention assist, cruise control, active park assist, and driver knee and window airbags. Optional features will include a larger 7-inch display screen, Parktronic with advanced park assist, lane keeping assist, and blind spot monitoring.
While this model's main competitor may be the BMW i3, thanks to the body design, the B-Class looks more like a Toyota Prius with a Mercedes-Benz badge. But take a look inside, and it is a step above the Toyota. Mercedes has implemented high-grade materials and classy touches paired with the workmanship expected from the luxury automaker. Stay tuned for a full review of the B-Class soon. Source: Mercedes-Benz