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 |  Aug 25 2011, 6:30 PM

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Mercedes-Benz has just released detailed photos of its new second-generation B-Class, which is set to debut at the upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show. Last month we were teased as to what the new B-Class would look like, and now that we’ve got the full picture, well, it’s not so clear that it’s any less of a stain on Merc’s impressive design history as of late.

Several models of the B-Class will be available to European buyers, with the B180 sporting a 1.6L turbocharged engine with 120-hp and 147 lb-ft of torque, while the B200 will have 154-hp and 184 lb-ft of torque. Europe will also receive a 1.8L diesel, delivering 107-hp and 184 lb-ft of torque in the B180 CDI, while the B200 CDI will feature 134-hp and 221 lb-ft of torque.

Mercedes has also announced that it is looking at producing a limited production F-Cell variant that will hopefully be released in 2015.

GALLERY: Mercedes-Benz B-Class

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 |  Jul 11 2011, 8:13 AM

Mercedes has just released several teaser images of the 2012 B-Class which is set to be officially unveiled at the Frankfurt Auto Show this September. Along with the photos, MB has also released extensive specifications on the new car, which will boast new engines, a more dynamic shape and improved passenger and cargo room, among other things.

When it comes to under the hood, four 4-cylinder powerplants will be available with a 122-hp 1.6-liter B180 model and a 156-hp B200 model. As for diesel engines, a 1.8-liter B180 CDI will make 109-hp and 184 lb-ft of torque, while a B200 CDI makes 136-hp and 221 lb-ft. Of note, Mercedes says the new 4-cylinder engines can mounted either transversely or longitudinally, suggesting rear-wheel drive versions are possible. A 6-speed manual will come standard with a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission optional!

Much like the current B-Class, the new model makes used of a sandwhich floor, with open space below the passenger compartment that will be used for a future “alternative drive” (read electric) version. And on that green note, after launch, Mercedes will introduce an ECO Technology package with new aerodynamics to achieve a 0.24 coefficient of drag. That’s the same as in the E-Class coupe, and better even than the Toyota Prius.

The vehicle’s shape will change quite dramatically, taking inspiration from the A-Class concept first shown at the New York Auto Show. Compared to the current B-Class the new 2012 model has a roof height that is roughly 2-inches lower, while the seat height has been lowered roughly 3.5-inches so drivers will feel less like they’re behind the wheel of a bus.

Inside, look for improved functionality with rear seats than can be moved forward or back by as much as 5.5-inches,

As for safety, Mercedes will continue to push ahead with its plans of being a safety leader, adding a radar-based collision warning system (Collision Prevention Assist) standard. Other safety highlights include adaptive headlights, blind spot warning and Lane Keeping Assist, Attention Assist, a Hill Hold function, back-up camera and more.

Look for Mercedes to reveal the design of the new B-Class ahead of its Frankfurt debut in September.

GALLERY: 2012 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Teased

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