Where the previous sighting of the forthcoming, W247-generation Mercedes-Benz B-Class saw development vehicles clad in camouflage foil, our latest set of spy photographs sees the upcoming model do without, giving us a slightly better look at the car’s exterior lines.

Nearly the full complement of windows has been unveiled, save for the edges of the rear windscreen where it meets the upper part of the tailgate. Much of the rear end of the B-Class is as we’ve seen before, except for the aforementioned camouflage foil which is no longer applied to the test vehicle here.

Further along, we can now see a character line more clearly along the lower half of the front and rear doors, though the front end of the W247 is still rather shrouded. The bonnet here appears to wear some lines which may or may not make it to the production car, while the air intakes at each corner of the front bumper are still covered by concealing panels.

That said, the foil placed around the edge of the headlamp assemblies show that it will be of a shape much closer to its A-Class comtemporary than before, here looking more closely related to the W177 A-Class that was launched in January. It will have much in common with the new A-Class when it arrives, considering it shares the same architecture as that car.

Front- and all-wheel-drive powertrain options should be available, with most, if not all of the engine range in the A-Class likely to feature in the W247 B-Class as well. A notable exception is likely to be the the top 45 AMG variant, which in outgoing W176 guise produced 381 hp and 475 Nm of torque. The more mainstream versions are what will comprise the line-up at its launch, which is slated to be later this year or early in 2019.