Mercedes B-Class Electric Drive priced in the BMW i3 range in the US
The 2014 Mercedes Benz Electric Drive goes on sale this summer. Showcased at 2013 New York Auto Show, the new B Class Electric Drive heads to company showrooms across US at a base price of $41,450 (INR 25,04,409), where it will compete with the BMW i3, which is priced at $41,350.
Mercedes Benz Electric Drive is powered by a Tesla Motors developed electric motor and 28 kWh lithium ion battery pack. This motor is capable of 177 hp peak power and 251 lb/ft torque which is considerably higher than what Mercedes Benz announced at the unveiling last year. Reaching a top speed of 160 kmph, the new Electric Drive from Mercedes Benz can accelerate from 0 to 100 kmph in 7.9 seconds. Its electric battery can be fully charged in a matter of three and half hours via a 240V charger.
On sale from this summer, 2014 Mercedes Benz Electric Drive will be seen with safety features such as Attention Assist, Active Parking Assist and Collision Prevention Assist with adaptive Brake Assist. State of the art infotainment which is optional comprise features such as 7” COMAND infotainment system with internet connectivity, GPS navigation and LINGUATRONIC voice control.
Standard equipment package on board includes a head unit with 5.8”color display, twin tuner and MP3 compatible CD player besides a USB port. Well equipped with a host of external and internal features and onboard technology, the new B Class Electric Drive will compete with BMWs i3. To launch in the US by mid 2014, the new B Class Electric Drive from Mercedes Benz will be making its way to European markets in due course.