The Mercedes-Benz GLB sits between the GLA and GLC in the company’s line-up and will be offered with both five-seat and seven-seat variants.
Mercedes-Benz have revealed their newest car, the GLB SUV. The Mercedes-Benz GLB sits in between the GLA and the GLC in the brand’s global line-up. The GLB Concept was first showcased at the Shanghai Motor Show in April and is an SUV that intends to appeal to family car buyers with class-leading versatility.
The GLB will be offered in both five-seat and seven-seat variants. The GLB retains much of the squarish and upright stance of the GLB Concept shown earlier which was inspired from the larger G-Class. It has short overhangs at the front and rear with a new headlamp design with Multibeam LED elements.
The Mercedes-Benz GLB is based on Mercedes’ MFA II platform. It gets McPherson strut front and multi-link rear suspension with optional adaptive damping. In terms of dimensions, the GLB measures 4,634mm in length, 1,834mm in width and 1,658mm in height, making it 21mm longer, 56mm narrower and 20mm taller than the GLC, which sits above the GLB in the brand’s line-up. It has a wheelbase of 2,829mm. Mercedes-Benz claims best-in-class front row headroom of 1,035mm and 967mm of rear legroom when had in the five-seat format.
On the inside, the Mercedes-Benz GLB features the latest interior design we see in Mercedes-Benz cars. There are the funky AC vents and it also gets the Mercedes-Benz’s widescreen cockpit, which is a single digital panel housing the instrument cluster and infotainment functions. It also gets the latest version of the MBUX interface. In the seven-seat format, the two seats at the rear can be folded down into the boot floor along with an easy entry function.
The Mercedes-Benz GLB will consist of four different models in the global line-up initially. All variants will be offered with front-wheel drive except for the top-of-the-line diesel variant which will be offered with AWD. There will be options of two four-cylinder petrol engines and one four-cylinder diesel engine with different states of tune. However, which of these will make it to India is still unknown.
The petrol engine will be featured in the GLB 200, which will be a 1.3L, turbocharged engine producing 163 hp. Furthermore, there is the GLB 250 which will feature a 2.0-litre turbocharged engine with 221 hp. As for the diesel GLB 200d, it will have the 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel is offered with 150hp. The same engine on the GLB 220d will produce 190 hp with all-wheel drive. The GLB 200 will come with a 7-speed dual clutch automatic whereas the other three will get 8-speed automatic gearbox. There will also be the GLB 35 AMG 4Matic and GLB 45 variants, but that’s coming only next year.
Additionally, the four-wheel-drive GLB 220d 4Matic is available with an optional Off-Road Engineering Package, including Multibeam LED headlamps, hill-assistance and an additional off-road driving mode, which includes a special infotainment display showing gradient, incline angle and various technical settings.
Mercedes-Benz will be manufacturing the GLB at several locations globally which will include Mexico and China, at least initially. Mercedes Benz is also working on bringing the GLB to India, and when launched, it will priced around Rs. 40 lakh.