The new luxury compact SUV is available in 5-seater and 7-seater options, positioned between GLA and GLC.
Mercedes-Benz has officially unveiled the all-new GLB-Class at the Park city, Utah. The GLB-Class offers buyers an SUV experience on a compact platform, which is set for launch by the end of this year. The production spec GLB is available in 5-seater and 7-seater configurations for versatility. Customers can opt to install third row to make it a 7-seater. Third row passengers get side window airbags, storage compartments and two cup holders along with USB-C ports.
Just like the GLA, the GLB is also based on MFA2 platform. The interiors as well as many other aspects of the new SUV has been inspired from the A-Class itself. In fact the steering is directly borrowed from the A-Class. The GLB is provided with a pair of roof rails standard across all variants, features muscular shoulders and cladding around the exteriors.
The GLB-Class will be provided with two petrol and two diesel engine options at the time of the launch. Out of which, one petrol and two diesel engines will be paired with 4MATIC AWD system. The car will also have the option of plug-in-hybrid variant with 65-70 kms range of electric-only mode.
The US-spec GLB will be fitted with a 2.0-litre turbocharged 4-cylinder engine giving out 221 BHP of power at 5500 RPM and 350 Nm of torque between 1800-4000 RPM. Although the car could get the new engines that are being developed in partnership with the Renault-Nissan alliance.
The GLB comes equipped with all the advanced driving assistance systems directly from the S-Class, along with partial autonomous driving in certain situations. Other important tech includes Active Steering Assist, Active Lane Change Assist, and Active Parking Assist with Parktronic.
The GLB will be manufactured in Mexico and China. The car is expected to launch in India some time in 2020. The price range of GLB in India can be expected from Rs. 40-50 lakhs.
2020 Mercedes GLB
– The GLB gets partial autonomous driving and driving assistance systems
– Available in five-seat and seven-seat configurations
– GLB compact SUV placed between GLA and GLC
– The compact SUV is likely to be launched in India by 2020