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2019 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Makes Its World Premiere

Die neue Mercedes-Benz B-Klasse: Mehr Sports für den Tourer The new Mercedes-Benz B-Class: More Sports for the Tourer

For a minivan, the Mercedes-Benz B-Class does not enjoy the same level of popularity with its brand’s other luxury cars and sport utility vehicles. Therefore, Mercedes raised the stakes with the 2019 model year unit of the auto to make it more appealing to buyers.

Exterior

Die neue Mercedes-Benz B-Klasse: Mehr Sports für den Tourer The new Mercedes-Benz B-Class: More Sports for the Tourer

The B-Class has many similarities with the A-Class in terms of styling. However, compared to the A-Class hatchback, the new B-Class was made to feature a Sports Tourer design with its longer wheelbase and higher ride height.

Compared to the 2018 model year, the 2019 B-Class features a cleaner look with its smoother surfaces that are almost free of creases. Again, the same treatment was copied from the A-Class. The new model also distances itself from the outgoing unit with its lower roofline, short muscular overhangs, front lip spoiler, chrome linings and wheels with sizes ranging from 16 to 19 inches.

Britta Seeger, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG and responsible for Mercedes-Benz Cars Marketing & Sales, describes the new B-Class as more chic and more practical than its predecessor. The more dynamic form of the auto allowed its maker to lower its drag coefficient down to 0.24 from the original 0.25. She added that the vehicle is designed for the family.

Interior

Die neue Mercedes-Benz B-Klasse: Mehr Sports für den Tourer The new Mercedes-Benz B-Class: More Sports for the Tourer

The interior of the new B-Class is a notch up from its previous model as it is now equipped with almost the same level of detailing found in the A-Class Sedan. The highlights of its cabin include the turbine-inspired air vents and dual 7.25-inch screens. The displays can be upgraded to 10.25 inches and there is an optional head-up display for buyers as well. Let’s not forget that the auto is getting the MBUX intelligent multimedia system of its brand too.

The longer wheelbase of the B-Class Sports Tourer also means more legroom for the occupants on its second-row of seats.

Trims

Die neue Mercedes-Benz B-Klasse: Mehr Sports für den TourerThe new Mercedes-Benz B-Class: More Sports for the Tourer

The 2019 B-Class is available in five trims. These are the B180 with 136 hp, B200 with 163 hp, B180d with 116 hp, B200 with 150 hp and B220 with 190 hp. An eight-speed automatic dual-clutch transmission comes as standard for all models.

Sale

Die neue Mercedes-Benz B-Klasse: Mehr Sports für den TourerThe new Mercedes-Benz B-Class: More Sports for the Tourer

The new Mercedes-Benz B-Class will be available to buyers on December 3, 2018. The deliveries of the vehicle will start in February 2019.

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S Appearance Package Adds Oomph To The 2019 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid

2019 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid with S Appearance Package

If you want to look cool while picking up your kids from soccer practice or hauling groceries to the trunk of your new minivan, then you should probably check out the 2019 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid that just got the S Appearance Package treatment.

This July, the automaker will start offering the minivan in the S Appearance package. The success of that same package being offered in the gasoline combustion version of the auto last fall triggered the decision to introduce the upgrades also in the hybrid version of the Chrysler Pacifica.

The updates will mostly be the same as on the gas versions. Buyers of the S package will get the same exterior gloss black accents, including grille surrounds, eyebrow headlamp accents, and window and rear valance moldings. The Chrysler wing badges, placed on the front and rear, are done also in black for the hybrid version, it comes with a special teal insert to highlight the green accents. There’s also the “Black Noise” finish on the Pacifica, S, and eHybrid badges, and the black roof rack and 18-inch wheels will come as standard.

The interior of the S Appearance package has black seats with gray accents, as well as the S logo, light gray stitching, and black accents on the wheel. There are also light gray stitching and the Anodized Ice Cave bezels on the instrument panel and the door trim. If we didn’t mention what element of the cabin you are waiting for, know that it has been wrapped in black. Everything, except for the contrast stitching and badges, has been blacked out.

The S Appearance Package on the 2019 Pacifica Hybrid models can be had with any exterior paint color, not just black. Orders will start next month for $595. It will arrive in dealerships in the fall.

Chrysler Has A New Pacifica-Based Crossover SUV Coming

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It looks like Chrysler is adding up to its lineup with a crossover SUV based on the Pacifica minivan. That is quite ironic since the brand repurposed the old Chrysler Pacifica crossover’s name for a minivan and then later on, that very same van yielded another crossover.

The information that FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne revealed in his interview with MotorTrend is an exciting development from Chryler. That’s because nothing much is going on with the brand in the past months, except for the departure of the 200.

With only the 300 and the Pacifica currently in its lineup, Chrysler is looking to market its brand to another market—specifically, people who doesn’t want either a large sedan or a minivan. Both these segments are giving up their share of the market for the crossover, which will have three rows and will reportedly in 18 months.

This is the right step for Chrysler since companies like Subaru and Volkswagen have also expanded their market to that of the crossover segment. The decision, of course, to use a Pacifica-based crossover will be beneficial to the crossover’s market. After all, a Pacifica platform offers more advantages than spewing just another model.

There are some “unique opportunities” in store for the new crossover since it will be using the Pacifica platform. Finally, we could have a crossover that has a spacious cargo and passenger space. There is also the possibility of adapting the PHEV powertrain to the new crossover.

Plug-in crossovers haven’t been tried by “ordinary” brands, except for Mitsubishi, though the Japanese automaker only tried the plug-in variant with its luxurious Outlander PHEV. That being said, the Chrysler has a chance to offer a larger PHEV than the Outlander.

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