We answer 5 important questions on the new Mercedes-Benz GLB recently unveiled.
Mercedes-Benz is taking no chances: It will introduce a new vehicle in order to fill every potential niche. While some may be popular but ultimately pointless like the Mercedes-Benz GLC and GLE Coupe, the new GLB will rock the compact SUV segment for the right reasons.
Although it did not seem obvious that this vehicle was missing in Benz’s extensive lineup of SUVs, it may very well spark copycats from other OEMs to create something similar.
What has Mercedes-Benz done? Let’s answer 5 questions on the new 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB.
What’s New About The 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB?
Nearly everything you see is new. The Mercedes-Benz GLB borrows heavily from the new A-Class sedan and hatchback, as well as the existing GLA. The latter will undergo a major overhaul in the near in order to benefit from the same technology.
The GLB is a new compact SUV that slots exactly between the GLA and GLC. Its wheelbase is of 111.4 inches, which is 5.1 inches longer than the GLA and 1.7 inches shorter than the GLC SUV but has a trick up its sleeve; something it only shares with the range-topping GLS. The GLB can seat 7 passengers.
There are a few factors that have allowed Benz to achieve this. One is that the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB’s body is upright with few slopes and curves. In fact, not since the G Wagen has a Mercedes SUV been so flat-sided.
Mercedes says that the third row will accommodate humans up to 1.68 meters (5’5”) tall or, as we call them, an average teenager. With the 3rd in use, the trunk will deliver 560-litres of storage, or when stowed, give you up to 1,755 litres of boot volume.
Of the many borrowed elements from the A Class, look for the brand’s amazing MBUX (Mercedes-Benz User Experience) infotainment system which starts off with twin 7-inch screens. As an option, the screens grow to 10.25 inches. As well, the GLB 250 will be powered by the 221 horsepower turbocharged 2.0-litre 4-cylinder engine which will be mated to an 8-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. Mercedes-Benz’s 4MATIC AWD system will be standard.
What’s The 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB’s Price?
At the time of writing this, pricing for the new 2020 GLB is not yet known. We expect however that the starting price will begin somewhere between that of the $39,200 GLA 250 4MATIC and the $47,300 GLC 300 4MATIC.
We wouldn’t put it pass Mercedes if they decided to introduce an AMG 35 version before long. This one would certainly hover around the $50k mark.
When Will It Be Released?
The new 2020 GLB is manufactured at the Aguascalientes (Mexico) plant and will be available in Canada at the end of the year.
Who Will It Compete With?
The GLB has no direct competition. By the same token, it now takes on all compact luxury SUVs. It is not limited space-wise like the GLA and depending on trims and features, will surely encroach on the GLC’s territory.
This means the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB will take on the likes of the BMW X1, X2 and X3, the Audi Q3 and Q5, the Infiniti QX30 and QX50, the Lexus UX and NX, Cadillac XT4 and XT5 and number of other like-minded and like-sized luxury SUVs.
What Do We Think About the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB?
The new Mercedes-Benz GLB is brilliant and should do extremely well for the three-pointed star company. Effectively, the new GLB has everything going for it, from size, to technology and we can safely predict that the drive will be quite good.
The SUV/truck-ness of the new 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB will strike a chord with those searching for all the best SUV attributes in a right-sized vehicle.