First images: revised Mercedes B-Class

* Official pictures of revised car * Engine efficiency improved * Stop-start an option on two models...

First images: revised Mercedes B-Class

This is the revised Mercedes B-Class MPV, which will go on sale in the UK in July.

Buyers will continue to have a choice of six engines: two diesels and four petrols, with power outputs ranging from 93-137bhp and average fuel consumption up to 7% lower than before.

In addition, B150 and B170 BlueEfficiency buyers will have the choice of installing a stop-start system that can lower average fuel consumption by up to 9% in total.

Styling changes include a more pronounced front bumper and grille, as well as a redesigned bonnet, rear bumper and door mirrors.

In the cabin, changes are similarly subtle, and include the use of new fabric patterns and man-made leather.

Safety features include an active lighting system, which automatically illuminates interior lights in the event of a night-time accident, flashing brake lights to warn following motorists of heavy braking, and hill start assist, which stops the car rolling backwards on a hill.

Buyers can also specify active a parking assist system, which automatically steers and manoeuvres the car into a space.

Prices are expected to begin from 18,000.