Following the world premiere that took place at the 2012 Paris Motor Show, Mercedes has taken the new B-Class 200 Natural Gas Drive to the 2012 Bologna Motor Show. This particular variant of the Mercedes B-Class incorporates three CNG gas cylinders that are hidden underneath the floor. Its 1.6-liter petrol engine in fact can run on both petrol (dragged from the classic tank) or on the methane provided by two small cylinders located under the driver’s and passenger’s seats and the big one placed under the rear bench, as exposed by the particular chopped-in-half model in Bologna.
Thanks to the extremely low running costs - due to the cheap fuel it requires, the great efficiency of its four-cylinder unit and the well-thought aerodynamics - the B-Class 200 Natural Gas Drive is a very interesting proposal from the three pointed star house of the Mercedes for the future, especially in a time of economic unrest like this one.
The Mercedes B-Class 200 Natural Gas Drive mounts a 1.6-litre four-cylinder unit delivering 156 horsepower and 270 Nm of torque and can accellerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 9.1 seconds while consuming 4.2 kg of natural gas per 100 km. The model is Euro6-approved, with emissions of 115 grams of CO2 per kilometer and a range of about 500 km (310 mph).