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OverviewLights: Wide beam pattern, low energy consumptionMercedes connect me: In online contact with the carMultimedia systems: Larger screen, more functionsSafety: More extensive assistanceShort Version: The new Mercedes-Benz B-Class 2014: petrol and diesel models - The pioneer in better shape than everSuccess: Popular and in demandThe exterior: More organic and dynamicThe interior: Stylish dial layout and electroplated switchesThe model range: New range structure logic with three lines
Oct 20, 2014
Apart from their distinctive look, the LED High Performance headlamps (optional extra) offer added safety at night thanks to their wide beam pattern and light of a colour similar to daylight. Bicolour tail lamps featuring LED technology provide emphasis and make the vehicle more visible.
The B-Class is the first compact model to come with the option of LED High Performance headlamps, which are closer to the colour spectrum of daylight than, for example, xenon headlamps. This means reduced eye strain for the driver. The 34-watt LED low-beam headlamps also have very low energy consumption – around 60 percent less than xenon and around 70 percent less than halogen. This makes it possible to save up to 0.05 litres of fuel per 100 kilometres, or 2.1 grams of CO2 per kilometre, compared to a vehicle with halogen low-beam headlamps.
The low-beam headlamps use LED projection technology, while the main-beam headlamps use LED reflection technology. Direction indicators, daytime running lamps and position lights are in the form of a multifunctional fibre-optic cable, which is also used for the "Coming Home" function. Located above the multifunctional fibre-optic cable is an additional lens with further light elements to showcase the LED technology. As all lights use LED technology, there is never a need to change a bulb over the entire service life of the vehicle.
As on the S-, E- and C-Class, the luminosity of the brake lights and direction indicators is adjusted to the ambient brightness. Also in the B-Class, the multi-level function is implemented in three brightness levels. If the Mercedes driver presses the brake pedal while stopped at traffic lights, for instance, the brightness of the brake lights will be automatically dimmed to avoid dazzling anyone behind.
The light distribution is broadened to ensure that the lights do not become too dark and continue to fulfil all legal requirements, of course On unlocking the vehicle, the driver is welcomed by the "Coming Home" function with its unusual light show. The headlamps first flash yellow and then activate a blue LED before switching to white locator lighting. This makes it easier for the driver to safely reach the vehicle.