Mercedes-Benz is to reveal its Compact Sports Tourer, which could well be called the B-Class when it goes on sale, and the ultra-luxurious upcoming R-Class, at the Paris Motor Show.
Mercedes-Benz is to reveal its Compact Sports Tourer, which could be the called the B-Class when it goes on sale, and the luxurious upcoming R-Class, at the Paris Motor Show.
The “Vision B” concept of the Compact Sports Tourer, which will make its début at the Salon, is an MPV/4x4-style crossover and a smaller alternative to R-Class.
The Compact Sports Tourer will be based on the new A-Class chassis, but is said to offer exceptional packaging efficiency, “with more space than the C-class”, a source has claimed.
The entry-level B-class will be powered by a 1,7-litre, 86 kW four-cylinder petrol engine. A 143 kW, turbocharged 2,0-litre will power the flagship model, with a 100 kW turbodiesel also in the works. Five- and six-speed manual gearboxes are also expected to do duty in the new range, reports say.
Mercedes-Benz will also display the R, or “Vision R Grand Sports Tourer” in Paris. This precursor to the R-Class is expected to slot in between the E- and S-Class, and share many components, especially drivetrains, with the new ML.
The R-Class will be available with a standard and stretched wheelbase, the latter to accommodate American buyers’ need for a third row of seats. Drive will be through all four wheels, and an air suspension arrangement is also expected.
Powertrains are likely to be carried over from other Mercedes-Benz models, with the venerable 3,2-litre V6 and 5-litre V8 motors making up the backbone of the model range. AMG will provide a range topping 6,3-litre V8 producing 370 kW.
Finally, DaimlerChrysler will also be launching the four-door CLS 55 AMG, SLK 55 AMG roadster and Forfour sportstyle special edition model, featuring a Brabus-tuned 91 kW engine, modified suspension and Brabus wheels, at the show.