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A high-ranking Mercedes-Benz says just two mainstream models in its burgeoning passenger vehicle range won’t get the Mercedes-AMG treatment.

Speaking to Motor Trend, Mercedes-AMG boss Tobias Moers confirmed the two models in the current range that would not get a high-performance variant.

The first is the B-Class, which Moers says won’t inherit either of the AMG-branded turbocharged 2,0-litre engines used in other members of Stuttgart’s compact vehicle range (bearing the 35 and 45 monikers).

And the second? The all-electric EQC, which isn’t in line for an AMG upgrade (short of an AMG Line package, anyway), either.

Of course, the Affalterbach-based performance division has already revealed its take on the new GLB, handing the family crossover 225 kW and the 35 badge.

It’s worth noting, too, that Mercedes considers models such as the V-Class and Vito part of its Vans division (rather than being pure passenger vehicles). These, naturally, won’t get the AMG treatment either.

The new Mercedes-Benz B-Class has arrived in South Africa, with the local range comprising just a pair of derivatives at launch.

Of course, we brought you local pricing as long ago as the first week of April 2019, but we’ll share it here again.

The B200 is priced from R526 900 and draws its urge from a turbocharged 1,3-litre, four-cylinder petrol engine, which sends 120 kW and 250 N.m to the front axle via a seven-speed automatic transmission. Benz claims this derivative will hit three figures from standstill in 8,2 seconds, before topping out at 223 km/h.

Meanwhile, the B200d employs a 2,0-litre turbodiesel engine generating 110 kW and 320 N.m. This oil-burning engine is connected to the front wheels by a new eight-speed dual-clutch gearbox, and facilitates a claimed 0-100 km/h sprint of 8,3 seconds and a top speed of 219 km/h. It is priced from R559 100.

The list of options includes an AMG Line styling package (R50 175), various alloy wheels (measuring up to 19 inches in diameter), a panoramic sliding sunroof (R19 400), trailer coupling (R13 600) and plenty more.

First revealed at the Paris Motor Show in October 2018 (with production commencing the following month at Plant Rastatt), the third-generation B-Class boasts a fresh design, a more advanced cabin and a new eight-speed dual-clutch transmission (for the aforementioned diesel model, that is).

Euro NCAP has released safety ratings for six new vehicles, including the new Mercedes-Benz GLE and new B-Class.

The four other cars – the five-star Tesla Model 3 and Škoda Scala plus the four-star Kia Ceed and DS3 Crossback – are currently not offered in (or explicitly planned for) South Africa.

Both the GLE and the B-Class scored five stars, representing Mercedes-Benz’s tenth and eleventh straight top ratings since 2014.

Euro NCAP crash tested a left-hand-drive GLE350d 4Matic (in AMG Line guise), with the large SUV scoring 91 percent for adult occupancy safety, 90 percent for child safety, 78 percent for vulnerable road users and 78 percent for its standard safety assistance features.

The safety authority also evaluated a left-hand-drive B180, which scored 96 percent for adult occupancy safety, 90 percent for child safety, 78 percent for vulnerable road users and 75 percent for its standard safety assistance features.

Watch the two crash-test videos below…


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