In just a few hours more, Mercedes-Benz’s latest offering in its portfolio – the first-ever GLB compact SUV, will be celebrating its world première in Utah, USA.
The GLB will be Mercedes-Benz’s first compact SUV that can function as a rugged utility vehicle, as well as a spacious family car at the same time.
According to the folks from Mercedes-Benz, this is the first time the brand is offering a model in this segment that is available both as a five-seater and also a seven-seater (optional).
First unveiled in concept form in Shanghai a couple of months ago, the GLB will sit between the GLA and the GLC, and compete with models like the BMW X1.
Measuring 4,634 mm long and 1,890 mm wide, the GLB is a tiny bit smaller than the GLC-Class, just 22 mm shorter with identical width.
Compared to the outgoing generation (MFA platform) GLA-Class, the GLB-Class’ 2,829 mm long wheelbase is 130 mm longer. The additional 130 mm length between the axles allow Mercedes-Benz to cram seven seats (optional) inside the GLB-Class, something which BMW doesn’t offer with the X1, whose 2,670 mm wheelbase is 159 mm shorter.
Built on the same MFA-II platform that underpins the A-Class hatchback, A-Class Sedan, and CLA-Class Coupe, the GLB will most likely be powered by the same 2.0-litre M260 turbocharged petrol engine as the A250.
It makes 224 hp and 350 Nm but unlike the 7-speed dual-clutch automatic A250, the GLB will use the 8G-DCT from diesel-powered variants of the B-Class. It will also feature 4Matic permanent all-wheel drive.
More details and images will follow later today once the GLB makes its global debut.
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