- Mercedes-Benz GLB will sit above GLA in the company’s global line-up.
- The production-spec retains most of the elements from the concept.
- The Mercedes-Benz GLB is built on Mercedes’ MFA II platform.
- There is yet no clarity in terms of India-spec Mercedes-GLB specifications.
- The Mercedes-Benz GLB price in India is likely to start from Rs 40 lakh or above onwards.
Mercedes-Benz has unveiled the new GLB SUV which will be slotted above GLA in the company’s global product portfolio. The new SUV from Mercedes-Benz will be available in five and seven-seat configurations. While GLA is a popular model globally, Mercedes-Benz GLB is touted to be a more versatile model meant specifically for family car buyers.
Being developed under the codename X247, the concept was revealed at the Shanghai Auto Show earlier in April. Visually, the production-spec GLB retains some of the elements from the concept such as the upright lines, G-Class inspired short overhangs at front and rear, newly designed headlamps and multi-beam LED units.
The GLB is built on Mercedes’ MFA II platform and features McPherson strut at the front and multi-link rear suspension with adaptive damping as an option. Dimensionally, it measures 21 mm longer than GLC SUV at 4,634 mm long, 56 mm narrower at 1,834 mm wide and 20 mm higher at 1,658 mm. Just so you know, GLC sits a notch above the GLB in the line-up. The Mercedes-Benz GLB sits on a 2,829 mm long wheelbase, transmitting into a spacious cabin with segment best headroom of 1,035 mm and 967 mm legroom in the five-seat version.
As for the Mercedes-Benz GLB interior, it features a modish dashboard with a tubular lower element, Mercedes’ widescreen cockpit with a single digital panel, instrument cluster and infotainment tech. It additionally comes with the latest version of MBUX interface. There will be two additional seats at the back in the seven-seat version that can be folded into the cargo floor, besides, it offers easy ingress. The Mercedes GLB will be offered with a standard front-wheel option save for the top-spec diesel variant in global markets. As for the Mercedes-Benz GLB specifications, it will come with two petrol and one diesel engine, albeit it remains to be seen if these engines will be offered in the Indian market. The new SUV will be built in Mexico and China initially, followed by other locations later.