In a sea of crossovers and SUVs of all sizes, the minivan is widely considered a rarity. Nonetheless, Mercedes is sticking to its B-Class by giving the compact family hauler a slight update for 2023. These tweaks are meant to keep the third-generation model fresh as it battles the new BMW 2 Series Active Tourer. In line with the facelift of the A-Class also introduced today, the changes are not immediately noticeable.
The “Sports Tourer” as described by Mercedes receives optional revised headlights with LEDs and a discreetly updated grille. We’re told the front bumper and rear lights have also been changed, but nothing out of the ordinary. There are four new options for alloy wheels, measuring up to 19 inches. Opt for the AMG Line model and it can be fitted with gloss black wheels with a multi-spoke setup.
A total of 10 solid or metallic paints are available, but if none of them appeal to you, the B-Class can be delivered with special colors for an extra charge. The interior remains essentially the same, with a 10.25-inch touchscreen for the MBUX complemented by a standard 7-inch dash or an optional 10.25-inch display.
Mercedes is installing a new Nappa leather steering wheel as standard, which can be heated for the first time in the AMG equipment variant. The entry-level trim also gets a rear-view camera, the USB group and better seats while the more expensive trims add new color schemes for the upholstery as well as a star pattern.
There is only one change under the hood where the plug-in hybrid model known as the B250e gas a revised electric motor producing an additional 7hp 5kW, now at 107hp (80kW), thus mirroring the A250e 2023. The battery can now be charged with AC up to 11 kW and via DC connection at 22 kW, which takes 25 minutes to go from 10 to 80%.
Now that the Class A sedan/hatchback and Class B minivan are out, the mechanically linked CLA and CLA Shooting Brake will likely follow shortly with the same array of barely noticeable changes.