The new Mercedes GLB seven-seater is still a compact SUV
Mercedes-Benz has held an official reveal event dedicated to its new seven-seat SUV – the GLB – which should hit the showrooms before the end of the current year. Even though the car has 2,830 millimeters (9.28 ft.) of wheelbase and three seat rows, it still technically remains a compact. At least, this is what the German marque claims.
You may opt for two individual extensible seats with cup holders in the rear. Other options include side airbags, USB charger ports, and storage compartments.
The company also ships a five-seat version with a rear row that folds 40/20/40 and allows for backrest tilt adjustment.
On the outside, the production-issue GLB is virtually identical to its conceptual predecessor. The similarities include square headlights (LEDs are optional), muscular sides, roof railings, and various styles of the front fascia to choose from.
Features include a dual-screen MBUX infotainment system, a wide array of electronic driver aids and safety gimmicks, and an AWD system with dynamic torque control. The driver can switch between several modes, namely Eco, Comfort, Sport, and Off-Road.
The U.S. version of the Mercedes-Benz GLB will ship with an eight-speed automatic transmission partnered with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with 221 hp (165 kW) and 350 Nm (258 lb×ft) of torque. Sprinting from zero to one hundred kilometers per hour (0-62 mph) will take 6.9 seconds.
The European lineup will have a much wider engine palette consisting of gasoline and diesel units. There will also be a few AMG variants. The details will follow later, though.
Chief Editor Olga Markelova