Mercedes-Benz teases the GLB Concept before the official debut at the Auto Shanghai. The Concept GLB emphasizes a spacious and robust SUV option for the German automaker. It has space for up to seven occupants with an extra long wheelbase of 111-inches.
The Concept GLB is a compact SUV design with clean lines and a modern appearance. It features Mulitbeam LED headlamps to handle off-road terrain. It is powered by the M 260 four-cylinder engine combined with an 8G-DCT dual clutch transmission. The 2.0-liter turbocharged engine gives it 224 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. The engine block of die-cast aluminum with cast iron cylinder liners has CONICSHAPE technology. It is equipped with the permanent all-wheel system 4MATIC, with fully-variable torque distribution. The all-wheel drive allows the drive to use the DYNAMIC SELECT switch complimenting the 4MATIC.
The interior has special chestnut leather and nubuck show car interior with orange highlights and open-pore walnut trim. This is the first time a Mercedes-Benz model includes a third row with two additional single seats that can be recessed to better utilize the cargo space providing increased load capacity. The seats can actually fit two adults versus being a mock type seats found in most versatile third rows. The dashboard is similar to the B-Class, with a widescreen cockpit facing the driver and the functions and displays controlled via the Mercedes-Benz User Experience-MBUX.
Brittany Seeger, responsible for Mercedes-Benz Car Sales made the statement, “We asked ourselves whether there is still a space between the GLA and GLC in our successful SUV range. The Concept GLB is the answer to that question. With it we are demonstrating the creative ideas we have for this segment, too. The Concept GLB is a durable and practical SUV with nonetheless compact dimensions. Whether it is a generous, seven-seater family vehicle or a versatile leisure time companion: we are certain that this concept will be of great interest to our customers.”
Mercedes-Benz has a very strong customer base with over six million cars sold worldwide. In 2018, the automaker sold over 820,000 units with the SUV being the strongest segment for them. Hopefully, the production GLB hits dealerships later this year or early 2020.
Image Credit: Mercedes-Benz