The spy photographers at Motor Trend got a look at a Mercedes-Benz B-Class prototype that appears to have been modified by AMG. The car will likely be called the B25 AMG and is almost certainly headed to production.
We first heard that Mercedes was considering a hotted-up B-Class over a year ago. Now that the new-generation hatchback has been launched in Europe, Mercedes appears to be working on the B-Class AMG variant. More staid versions of the B-Class are expected to be sold in the U.S. at a later date, which could mean that the B25 AMG may eventually make an appearance in America.
The AMG-style five-spoke wheels, twin exhaust tips, and restyled front fascia on this test car betray its higher-performance aspirations. Reports suggest the car will use a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four to serve up between 320 and 350 hp. A seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and all-wheel drive are expected to comprise the drivetrain. In addition, we expect a production version to score upgrade brakes and suspension befitting a car wearing the AMG badge.
Given that the new-for-2012 Mercedes B-Class only debuted at the Frankfurt Motor Show earlier this year, we wouldn’t expect to see an AMG-tuned model until the end of 2012 or later. Until then, make sure to check out the full gallery of spy photos at Motor Trend.
Source: Motor Trend