Mercedes adds the all-new GLB to their SUV line up
When the markets speak Mercedes answers! In a world were SUVs are in demand Mercedes has added the Mercedes Benz GLB its SUV line-up. The GLB is Mercedes versatile SUV and a compact family car which fits in between the GLA and GLC models.
The all-new Mercedes Benz GLB has a similar boxy shaped design to the GLK (not available for the South African market) and shares a lot of design elements with the Mercedes Benz GLS.LED headlights are standard on the GLB however you can upgrade to the optional Multi-beam LED which emits white bright while to give you clear visibility on the road.
The GLB uses Mercedes-Benz’s M260 2.0liter turbocharged 4 cylinder engine coupled to 8-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission which has a power output of 164kW and 350Nm of torque propelling it from 0-100km/h in 6.9 seconds.It shares the same platform that underpins the A-Class as well as the upcoming B-Class and is 81cm longer than the B-class. An optional off-road package will be offered which will have Mercedes (four-wheel drive) 4matic system.
The interior of the GLB is similar to that of the A class, It makes use of Mercedes widescreen layout which has the two 12.3′ display screens and both can be operated from the steering wheel. One is the digital instrument display which displays the speedometer, drive modes as well as the fuel gauge while the other screen is the infotainment screen which is powered by Mercedes MBUX infotainment system which has features such as Apple Carplay, Android Auto, Satellite navigation and the impressive voice command that can be activated by simply saying “Hey Mercedes”.
Practicality is one aspect that the GLB shines in, It is taller than the GLC, this benefits passengers in the back as it increases headroom. The GLB is available as a 5 seater or 7 seater this is a first for Mercedes in the segment. If go for the 7 seater option you can fit up to 4 child seats in the GLB’s second and third-row seats. The 5 seater GLB has boot capacity of 500litres while the 7 seater version has a boot capacity of up 1 750litres when the second and third-row seats are folded.