Bold, characteristic and serious. These are the features of the GLB’s fresh Mercedes Benz SUV.
You will be welcomed at first glance by strong proportions that speak severe off-road prowess and it is also very capable.
Mercedes says this is going to be slotted a bit above the GLA and claims are going to be more practical and purpose-oriented. The GLB is going to be Mercedes ‘ first tiny7-seat SUV. Children can be accommodated in the last row seats. It’s more of a family-focused youthful SUV. Its platform is a little longer than the GLA to accommodate the additional seat Riding on the front-wheel drive platform that underpins the compact sedans of the A-class and CLA-class, the GLB pays off the “baby G-class” style that Mercedes sought.
The GLB is an off-road vehicle and its very nice alternative to the more costly GLE or GLS full-size SUV, its rigid handling at the corners and its lightweight make it simple to get to the corner, which is why the nickname is a “baby G wagon.”
From the start, there will be 4-engine variants, ranging from a 1.3-turbo (GLB200), 2.0 (GLB250) and diesel engines which are 2.0 turbo and the top of the range GLB35AMG with a new 2.0 turbo producing 306-hp and does 0-to-60-mph time at 5.1 seconds, and with top speed at 155 mph.
Front or all-wheel-drive configuration (4matic) comes with a 7 or 8-speed DCT gearbox (Dual Clutch Transmission). Rumors indicate a hotter, 400-plus-hp model tuned by AMG will arrive a little bit later during the model’s production run. At the other end of the spectrum, a plug-in hybrid variant and an electric model are allegedly on their way to production, though Mercedes hasn’t publicly confirmed their arrival.
From a typical Mercedes, the interior is what we all expect. The design is easy to recognize and the MBUX (Mercedes Benz user experience) characteristics speech support make it a pleasant way to communicate with your car. You will have access to all of its tasks and characteristics with a straightforward command like HELLO MERCEDES.
The dash is dominated by a digital cockpit with a 7.0-inch instrument screen and a 7.0-inch touchscreen center display, which allows access to a variety of standard-issue techs including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Also standard is the automaker’s voice-controlled MBUX system, as is a suite of driver-assist technologies including active braking, crosswind support, and a rearview camera. Optional packages include blind spot assist, navigation, parking help, bigger 10.25-inch displays, upgraded surround system from Burmester, heads-up display, and more.
The GLB comes standard with front-wheel drive, but 4Matic all-wheel drive is optional. In Eco and Comfort modes, the steady-state torque distribution is 80/20, front-to-rear. Sport mode shifts that to 70/30, and in Off-Road mode, the nominal torque distribution is 50/50. Opt for an all-wheel-drive GLB and the rather grandly named Off-Road Engineering package comes standard. Along with the Off-Road driving mode, it includes hill-descent control and a screen for the infotainment system that includes gradient and inclination angle readouts.
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