The forthcoming Mercedes-Benz B-Class has been spotted testing again, this time with less camouflage foil. Last seen in December, we know that the new model (tipped to bear the W247 codename) will be based on the new A-Class, and will wear a taller roofline compared to the W177 that was launched in January.

Given the shared basis with the W177 A-Class, the forthcoming B-Class can be expected to employ most of the four-cylinder engine range which serves in the hatchback, perhaps with the exception of the top AMG 45 models, which in current A 45 form produces 381 hp and 475 Nm of torque. Likewise, driveline options on offer should be a mix of front- and all-wheel drive.

Though the images don’t reveal much of the car’s interior, the new B-Class can be expected to feature the automaker’s new Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX) infotainment system, which in the A-Class can offer up to two 10.25-inch displays. Other changes likely to be carried over from the W177 A-Class include a new steering wheel, new ambient lighting and air-conditioning vents.

Though unconfirmed, the forthcoming model should also come equipped with select semi-autonomous driving functions which are packaged in the W177 A-Class, namely adaptive cruise control, active emergency stop assist and active lane change assist. The new Mercedes-Benz B-Class is tipped to make its debut closer to the end of the year, or early in 2019.