Based on the conventionally-powered version of the automaker's compact 5-door hatchback, the 2014 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive made its global debut in New York. While the U.S. still won't be getting the basic B-Class, this new ultra-green variation on the theme will be coming to America in early 2014.

The first luxury battery-powered model from Mercedes-Benz, the B-Class Electric Drive is fitted with a 134-horsepower electric motor that develops 228 lb-ft of torque - a number M-B points out is roughly the same as a 3.0-liter gasoline engine. Fed by a 28kWh lithium-ion battery pack mounted in an underfloor "Energy Space," it can take the B-Class Electric Drive from 0-60 mph in less than 10 seconds and carry it to an electronically limited top speed of 100 mph. Mercedes is projecting the car will be able to travel up to 115 miles on a single charge and uses regenerative braking to help replenish the battery on the fly. While no full-recharge time was given, the automaker says it can be brought back to a 60 mile range in less than two hours on a 240V circuit.

     Also: 2013 New York Auto Show

Inside, this electric B-Class retains most of the design elements found in its conventional counterpart, although it does get its own specific instrumentation and power displays and is fully "networked" to allow various remote functions to be checked and modified. Standard features include an Audio20 sound system with a 5.8-inch color screen and Becker Map Pilot navigation.

Like all Mercedes vehicles, the 2014 B-Class Electric Drive also comes with a comprehensive roster of safety features including Collision Prevention Assist with Adaptive Brake Assist. Options include COMAND Online with internet access/navigation/voice control, Blind Spot Assist, Lane Keeping Assist and Active Parking Assist. Mercedes has yet to release any pricing information on the car.


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