Recently BAIC (Beijing Automotive Industry Holding Corp.) claims the design of Mercedes-Benz B-Class for its new BC301Z five-door hatchback and to a lesser extent, the BC302Z sedan. The styling similarities are not only concentrated on the outside with the profile line, V-shaped grille, headlamp and bumper designs, but are continued inside with the dashboard.

The Mercedes-Benz B-Class BC301Z hatchback will be offered in China with a choice of two Mitsubishi-sourced gasoline engines, a 1.3-liter unit linked to a five-speed manual and a 1.5-liter powerplant hooked up to a CVT. The five-door model will be followed next year by a four-door sedan (BC302Z) and station wagon (BC303Z) variant.