Adventure-oriented design helped by powerful proportions and short overhangs make the new Mercedes-Benz GLB an extremely capable, good looking and versatile SUV. It is also a spacious family car and the first Mercedes-Benz in the compact segment that is available as a seven-seater.
Propelled by powerful and efficient four-cylinder engines, the latest driving assistance systems, the intuitively operated infotainment system MBUX plus the wellness focused ENERGIZING Comfort, the new family member has all the strengths of the current compact-class generation from Mercedes-Benz. Also on the starting blocks: The new Mercedes-AMG GLB 35 4MATIC as an unrivalled alternative in the segment of compact SUVs.
At 2829 millimetres the GLB has ten centimetres more wheelbase than the current generation B-Class. The headroom in the first seat row is 1069 millimetres – an optimum in this segment, coupled with the effective legroom of 967 millimeters in the rear of the five-seater, ensures that passengers are comfortable no matter where they sit in the vehicle.
The load compartment capacity of 500 to 1680 litres (figures for the five-seater configuration with 3rd seat row folded down) boasts the qualities of an estate car. The backrest angle is adjustable in several stages and the second row can be moved fore and aft. This enables the boot to be enlarged and put to versatile use.
Success story: the seventh model in the compact car family
The new GLB is manufactured at the Aguascalientes plant in Mexico. With the new GLB, the compact car family from Mercedes-Benz now consists of seven models: the A-Class, A-Class Saloon, B-Class, CLA Coupé, CLA Shooting Brake and the GLA. Since the first A-Class was launched in 1997, over seven million vehicles of this compact car segment have been delivered worldwide by
Space for more possibilities: up to seven seats
The GLB is the first compact vehicle from Mercedes-Benz to offer a third seat row on request with two additional individual seats. The seats offer people up to a height of 1.68 metres a comfortable amount of space. The extensive safety equipment includes extendible head restraints, seat belts with belt tensioners and belt force limiters on all outer seats, a side window airbag which also protects the passengers in the third seat row plus ISOFIX and TOP-Tether anchorages for suitable child seats. These can be used to fasten up to four child seats in seat rows two and three.
The seven-seater already has the fore/aft-adjustable second seat row and the split seat cushions as standard. To facilitate access to the very back, the seats in the second row have an EASY-ENTRY function: when the release lever on the top outer edge of the backrest is operated, the backrest folds forward and the entire seat can be pushed forward.
Comfort amenities in the third row include two drinks holders between the seats as well as two stowage compartments with rubberised inserts on the left and right in the load compartment trim, each housing a USB port. The seats can also be lowered so that they are flush with the load compartment floor in order to extend the load compartment.
Off-road orientation: the exterior design
The powerful proportions of the GLB underscore the off-road focus of the design. This gives the GLB a lasting impression of sportiness and modernity. The upright front section with its striking headlamps and short overhangs at the front and rear hint at the vehicle’s off-road DNA. Another key feature of the front-end design is the distinctive air intakes in the front apron that are tailored to the contours of the radiator grille.
The muscular and sensuously contoured vehicle shoulder dominates the side view at the height of the C-pillar, an effect reinforced by the rising waistline. The doors reach over the side bar, improving ease of access, and keeps the door apertures free of soiling while bolstering protection in the event of a side impact collision.
All-round protective claddings divide the overall proportions and emphasise the vehicle’s off-road character. The stylised skid plate at the front and rear as well as the elevated roof rails made of polished aluminum further emphasize the vehicle’s adventurous character.
With high-quality aluminium details: the interior design
The instrument panel consists of a single solid surface, which has a cut-out in the driver and front passenger area. The driver faces a Widescreen Cockpit, with control and display via MBUX (Mercedes-Benz User Experience). A new feature is the off-road-like aluminium-look tubular element in the dashboard on the front passenger side. Below the round air vents positioned next to it are the air conditioning controls, whose buttons create the impression of having been milled
out of an aluminium cylinder.
The robust character of the interior is accentuated in the centre console. Tubular elements in said milled look provide a solid support for the components and controls here as well. Along the doors, the SUV character is underlined by the horizontal grab handle, which powerfully blends in with the overall sculpture that resembles a milled aluminium tube.
The information on the instrument cluster and media display measuring 10.25- inches each is easily legible on the large, high-resolution Widescreen Cockpit. An emotive presentation underlines the comprehensibility of the intuitive control structure and offers brilliant graphics in top visual quality and four display styles: Modern Classic, Sport, Progressive and Subtle.
In conjunction with the Progressive design and equipment line, a luxury seat with sophisticated tacking is available. A sports seat with a height-adjustable head restraint is available as a stand-alone option and comes as standard in conjunction with the AMG Line. In addition, it features an adjustable seat cushion length to provide a longer leg support.
Optionally, the Multicontour Seat Package is available for the luxury seats in conjunction with all-ARTICO or all-leather. The seats feature inflatable air chambers in the lower part of the backrest and in the side bolsters to allow adjusting the lateral support. The lumbar support is power-adjustable, with pulsating air chambers additionally providing a massage effect in the lumbar
Illumination on the road
The LED High Performance headlamps are available as standard, with the optional MULTIBEAM LED headlamps available for the GLB on request. The latter allow extremely quick and precise, electronically controlled adjustment of the headlamps to suit any traffic situation.
Adaptive Highbeam Assist Plus is part of the optional MULTIBEAM LED headlamps.
This brightly illuminates the road over a long range and can remain permanently switched on, as oncoming traffic and vehicles ahead are excluded from the beams by partial deactivation of individual main beam modules. Adaptive Highbeam Assist Plus is active at speeds above 30 km/h when travelling on unlit roads.
As an option in conjunction with the Progressive design and equipment line, there are also front fog lamps with LED technology. They distribute light more widely than the main headlamps and thus illuminate peripheral areas better. Their low position in the front bumper helps reduce the risk of dazzling.
The technical details from A to Z
The GLB benefits from the technical highlights of the current compact-class generation from Mercedes-Benz. These include in particular: The four-cylinder petrol engine, which was completely modernised for the new edition of the compact model series: In comparison to the previous generation, they are characterised by significantly increased power and torque and by improved efficiency and reduced emissions. The gateway to the range of petrol models is the GLB 200 (combined fuel consumption 7.9 l/100 km, combined CO2 emissions 178 g/km) .
The GLB features the latest driving assistance systems, offering the driver cooperative support and providing for the highest standard of active safety in the segment. The very latest functions of the Driving Assistance Package are the turning manoeuvre function and the emergency lane function, for example. The Driving Assistance Package (optional equipment varying according to country and equipment level) includes:
Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC with the functions:
o braking for stationary vehicles,
o extended, automatic moving off in a tailback in conjunction with
Active Parking Assist and navigation,
o activation of “gliding” in the ECO drive mode,
Active Steer Assist with the functions:
o Active Emergency Braking Assist
o Emergency lane function: in motorway tailbacks at speeds below
Route-based speed adjustment ahead of bends, roundabouts, T-junctions
and before joining/exiting motorways, expressways – reduction of
vehicle speed when approaching the end of a tailback, in conjunction
with navigation, Evasive Steering Assist,
Active Lane Keeping Assist,
Active Blind Spot Assist,
Active Brake Assist with turning manoeuvre and cross-traffic function,
PRE-SAFE® PLUS: can detect a potential rear impact. If the danger of a
collision persists, the system can also firmly apply the brakes of the
stationary vehicle, minimising the risk of whiplash injuries by reducing
the forward jolt caused by an impact from the rear.
The comfort suspension: the front the GLB has McPherson suspension struts,while the rear sports an acoustically and vibrationally decoupled multi-link axlewith compression springs. Adaptive adjustable damping is available on request.With this, the driver can change between comfort or particularly sporty tuning viathe DYNAMIC SELECT switch.
The intuitively operated MBUX infotainment system (Mercedes-Benz User Experience): The powerful computer, brilliant screens and graphics, customisable presentation, full-colour head-up display, navigation with augmented reality, learning software, and voice control activated with the prompt “Hey Mercedes” are key advantages of the system.
ENERGIZING comfort control: It networks various comfort systems in the vehicle, and uses musical and lighting moods plus a number of massages for different wellness programs.
Powerful and efficient: the engines
The new GLB places its trust in the four-cylinder petrol engine which was completely updated to relaunch the compact model series. In comparison to the previous generation, the GLB engines are characterised by significantly increased power and torque and by improved efficiency and emissions.
The new GLB is available in two engine variants: GLB 200 Progressive Line and a variant from its performance division, the Mercedes-AMG GLB 35 4MATIC.
GLB 200 Progressive Line
Mercedes-Benz GLB 200 Progressive Line is powered by the 1.3-litre turbocharged 4-cylinder engine combined with the 7G-DCT 7-speed automatic transmission. It develops 120 kw (163 hp) and a maximum torque of 250 Nm, allowing the vehicle to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 9.1 seconds.
Mercedes-AMG GLB 35 4MATIC
The turbocharged AMG 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine develops 225 kW (306 hp) and guarantees impressive driving enjoyment in combination with the AMG SPEEDSHIFT 8G-DCT 8-speed automatic transmission and variable AMG Performance 4MATIC all-wheel drive. It is capable of an acceleration from 0-100km/h in just 5.2 seconds.