Coming soon: 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB

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First published: 12th June 2019
  • Small SUV available with seven seats
  • Two petrol engines and two diesels likely to be offered
  • Also available with four-wheel drive
Mercedes has taken the wraps off its new compact SUV, the GLB.

As the name suggests, it’s designed to occupy the gap between the GLA and the GLC in Merc’s SUV lineup. It’s built on the same compact car mechanical bits that also underpin the GLA, along with the A-Class, B-Class and CLA, although it’s been extended to give a wheelbase (the distance between the front and rear wheels) that’s 10cm longer than in the B-Class.

And despite its modest proportions, the GLB is designed to be offered as both a five-seater and (optionally) as a seven-seater. That goes some way to explaining the upright proportions of the car, as they’re used to maximise practicality. These give the GLB a look that’s very different to the slinkier lines of the GLA and GLC, looking more like the supersized GLS SUV than anything else.
This visual chunkiness, along with the short overhangs and various other touches, certainly make the GLB look like a ‘proper’ off-roader, and indeed, it can be specified with four-wheel drive (most regular versions are front-wheel drive, though). It’ll be offered with a range of four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines, all driven through a twin-clutch automatic gearbox. The petrols include the GLB 200 with its 150 horsepower 1.3 and the GLB 250 with its 224 horsepower 2.0-litre. Both diesels, meanwhile are 2.0-litre units, the 200d with 150 horsepower and the 220d with 190 horsepower.

Boot space (for the five-seat version) has been given at between 560 litres and 1,755 litres, which is very generous for the class. Anyone who’s recently been near an A-Class or B-Class will also recognise the interior, with a similar design and mush of the same technology.

Prices and a precise on-sale date are yet to be announced, but we reckon it’ll land on UK shores either at the end of 2019 or the beginning of 2020.

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