Mercedes-Benz is a company whose reputation for putting forth the best or nothing at all, puts it under a lot of pressure. Because the brand trumpets its commitment to delivering in such a fashion, consumers and reviewers alike expect absolute perfection from each and every new model wearing the three-pointed star, like the new Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive.
People living in the United States expect a Mercedes to be fast, beautiful, safe, comfortable, and luxurious. Most of all, a Benz is expected to make the statement; “I have made it.” Or, at least, “I’m faking it until I make it.”
Now, with that said, it is also important to recognize while we here in the United States think of Mercedes-Benz as a high-line luxury brand; in much of the rest of the world, the marque also delivers mainstream workaday models, with no real nod toward luxury at all. Indeed, our beloved Mercedes E-Class sedan—as an example—serves in much of the rest of the world as a taxi cab and a police car; making it kind of like Europe’s Ford Crown Victoria (back when the Ford served the livery and law enforcement trades here in the U.S.).
So, where are we going with this, and what does any of this have to do with the new Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive?