Mercedes-Benz has revealed the GLB, the latest addition to its burgeoning compact car range.
Positioned above the hatch-like GLA, but below the midsize GLC, the GLB offers something none of its compact SUV competitors offer: seven seats. There’s a caveat to that, though, as the German brand claims the rearmost pews can only seat people up to 168cm (5ft 6.6in) in height.
Dimensionally, the new SUV measures in at 4634mm long, 1834mm wide and 1658mm tall, with a 2829mm wheelbase. With five seats in place, there’s 560 litres of space – that expands to 1755 litres with all three rows folded.
Visually, the GLB borrows many of its boxy design cues from the latest GLS and G-Class, as well as the midsize GLK sold from 2008-2015. Up front there’s a large grille flanked by rectangular LED headlights, while around the rear you’ll find prism-like body panels with an upright tailgate and slim taillights.
Inside, it’s a lot like Mercedes’ other front-wheel-drive models, with two 10.25-inch touchscreens running MBUX dominating the dash. The left screen displays driver information and speed, while the right display controls infotainment and runs the ‘Hey Mercedes’ virtual assistant. Other interior elements of note include circular air vents and ambient LED lighting.
Four powertrains will be offered from launch. Petrol options consist of the 120kW/250Nm 1.3-litre turbo-four GLB200 and 165kW/350Nm 2.0-litre turbo GLB250 4Matic – the former is paired to a seven-speed dual-clutch auto and front-wheel-drive, while the latter has eight gears and all-wheel-drive.
Prefer an oil-burner? You can choose between two 2.0-litre four-cylinders, namely the 110kW/320Nm 200d and the 140kW/400Nm 220d. Both are connected to eight-speed DCT gearboxes – the 200d drives either the front or all wheels, while the 220d powers all treads.
The new Mercedes-Benz GLB goes on sale in Australia in Q3 of 2020.