When it comes to small MPVs, up until now it's been somewhat difficult to beat the French with their interesting Peugeots and Citroens, but should you want a family car with premium aspirations, you’ll have to look elsewhere.

Mercedes has been selling the B-Class since 2006 and after introducing the second-generation in 2012, the German carmaker is now getting ready to roll out the third iteration of its posh MPV.

Caught with less camouflage than ever before, the 2019 B-Class is more than just an A-Class with a taller roof as the latest spy shots allow us to see that Mercedes has made some more effort to separate the hatchback from its more practical sibling.

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While the A-Class has the sporty so-called 'Predator' face (that's what Mercedes calls it) shared with the new CLS, the forthcoming MPV adopts a more stylish front end that better suits the car’s body.

Because of the different roofline, the greenhouse is much more generous in the case of the B-Class thanks to taller windows that allow a lot of light to enter the roomy cabin. The swirly camouflage is blocking our view at the moment, but we’re pretty sure there’s a fixed glass area beyond the C-pillars. 

At the back end of the new car, it’s easy to see the rear lights have a different shape to those on the A-Class and at the same time represent a significant departure from the rear lights of the current B-Class.

Thanks to what will be an increased footprint, the boot capacity will increase to make the MPV a better companion for longer trips.

It goes without saying that basically all of the oily bits plus the swanky new MBUX infotainment system will be taken straight from the A-Class. As to when Mercedes will reveal its fresh new BMW 2 Series Active Tourer competitor, it’s unclear at this point, but we might have to wait until early 2019.

Gallery: 2019 Mercedes B-Class new spy images