Sounds like there may be a Merc challenger to the i3...
Much more pedestrian looking though...
Mercedes B-Class headed to America... but only as an EV?
That looks more like the Active Tourer but EV only -
I don't understand how BMW plans on differentiating the 1 Series Active Tourer from the i3. They seems to fit a similar niche space in terms of size and I don't think US consumers will buy one over the other simply based on drive configuration.
The W246 B Klasse is a larger car than the i3. The electric drive B is a conversion of an existing platform with much of the engineering work contracted out to Tesla. The i3 was designed from the ground up as a battery-EV.
I find it hard to believe that Mercedes will go to the considerable expense of Federalising/DOT approval just for the battery-electric version.
$5/gallon fuel in California should make a B200CDI appealing to some buyers. It has a Mercedes badge, seats 4 1/2 people and uses far less fuel than most cars sold in the US. 7 Speed automatic. 0-60 in 9.3 seconds
(I've driven the previous version W245 B200CDI. It was awful. I was surprised at how bad the handling and ride was. Best thing was the sound system. )
But you are right, the Active Tourer is a direct response the the W246.
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