Mercedes-Benz Australia has backflipped on its decision to launch the updated B-Class small multi-purpose vehicle (MPV) in the third quarter of this year, and instead axed it entirely.

    The Mercedes-Benz B-Class is no longer listed on the Mercedes-Benz Australia website.

    A Mercedes-Benz Australia spokesperson has said there’s no new stock of the current B-Class available, though some dealers may have demonstrator stock. They declined to confirm why the B-Class is getting axed in Australia.

    However, a look at its sales shows they have been declining, and it has no direct competition following the discontinuation of the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer in 2020.

    The current-generation Mercedes-Benz B-Class, which was first revealed in 2019, was only offered locally in a single B180 trim level at the time of its axing.

    There have been three generations of the B-Class. The best year of Australian B-Class sales was in 2013 when there were 3248 examples sold. It narrowly outsold the A-Class (3218 sales) in that year.

    In contrast, to the end of June this year Mercedes-Benz has sold just 81 examples.

    The German carmaker revealed the updated B-Class in October last year within a few days of also revealing the updated A-Class hatch and sedan.

    Exterior changes are subtle. There are restyled LED headlights and tail lights, plus a new grille with the Mercedes-Benz star pattern.

    There are four new wheel designs with a ‘flush’ look, measuring up to 19 inches.

    Insides, there’s a choice of 7.0-inch or 10.25-inch digital instrument clusters, plus a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, plus a fingerprint sensor for identification and authorisation of the driver.

    The B-Class also gets an additional USB-C outlet, plus more USB charging power.

    Elsewhere in the cabin, there’s a redesigned centre console, greater use of recycled materials for upholstery, a new steering wheel with standard Nappa leather and optional heating, and new interior trim appliques with the star pattern.

    Mercedes-Benz says there’s a smoother programming for the lane-keep assist, while the optional Trailer Manoeuvring Assist automatically regulates the steering angle to make reversing easier.

    For 2023, the entire petrol line-up has been electrified with a 48V mild-hybrid system and belt-driven starter-generator (RSG).

    Mercedes-Benz says the RSG “reduces noises and vibrations during starting procedures compared to conventional starters”, while it also allows the B-Class to switch off its engine during “steady cruising” to save fuel.

    The B-Class’s new 48V system can also support the engine with an additional 10kW “when starting off”.


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    Jack Quick

    Jack Quick is an automotive journalist based in Melbourne. Jack studied journalism and photography at Deakin University in Burwood, and previously represented the university in dance nationally. In his spare time, he loves to pump Charli XCX and play a bit of Grand Theft Auto. He’s also the proud owner of a blue, manual 2020 Suzuki Jimny.

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