New Mercedes GLB revealed as family-friendly compact SUV

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Launching later this 12 months to problem Audi Q3 and BMW X1 with 5 and seven-seat variants

Mercedes-Benz has revealed its new GLB compact SUV, which can rival the Audi Q3 and BMW X1 when it goes on sale within the UK later this 12 months.

The brand new mannequin is the eighth within the agency’s compact vary, and in contrast to its direct class rivals will likely be supplied in each 5 and seven-seat layouts. Mercedes says the machine has been designed to supply class-leading versatility to enchantment extra to household automobile consumers than the smaller GLA.

The manufacturing model of the brand new SUV, codenamed X247, retains the upright strains of the sooner Idea GLB revealed on the Shanghai motor present again in April, albeit with out among the rugged exterior styling parts.  

Primarily based on Mercedes’s MFA II platform, the GLB encompasses a McPherson strut entrance and multi-link rear suspension with optionally available adaptive damping. It measures 4634mm in size, 1834mm in width and 1658mm in peak, making it 21mm longer, 56mm narrower and 20mm taller than the lately facelifted GLC. It has a wheelbase of 2829mm, which is 100mm longer than the B-Class MPV.

Whereas it has misplaced lots of the rugged styling function from the idea model, the GLB retains a sq., angular type impressed by the bigger G-Class, together with quick overhangs on the entrance and rear, and a brand new headlight design. Multibeam LED headlights and LED for lights are each obtainable as choices.

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Inside, the GLB receives a uniquely styled dashboard with an aluminium-look ‘tubular’ decrease component. It options Mercedes-Benz’s widescreen cockpit, consisting of a single digital panel housing the devices and infotainment capabilities. It’s managed by the most recent model of the MBUX interface.

Mercedes-Benz claims finest at school entrance seat headroom of 1035mm and 967mm of rear legroom when in five-seat type.

The five-seat model has 560 litres of boot area, 140 greater than the Q5 and 55 bigger than the X1, which may be expanded to 1755 litres with the 40:20:40 second-row of seats folded.

In seven-seat type, with two additional seats that may be folded into the boot ground, the GLB options a straightforward entry operate.

The road-up will initially consist of 4 fashions, with all however the top-of-the-line diesel supplied with front-wheel drive as normal. Patrons will be capable to select between two four-cylinder petrol engines and a single four-cylinder diesel in two completely different states of tune.

The petrol fashions embody the GLB200, which runs a turbocharged 1.Three-litre unit with 161bhp and 184lb ft, and the GLB250, with a 218bhp turbocharged 2.Zero-litre engine with 258lb ft. Engine emissions vary from 137 to 169g/km CO2, with gas financial system starting from 38 to 47mpg.

The two.Zero-litre four-cylinder diesel is obtainable with 148bhp and 236lb ft within the GLB200d, and 187bhp and 295lb ft within the GLB220d 4Matic. The diesel engines have emissions ranging between 137 and 169g/km CO2, and gas financial system between 51.Three and 57.6mpg.

The four-wheel-drive GLB220d 4Matic is obtainable with an optionally available Off-Street Engineering Bundle, together with Multibeam LED headlamps, hill help and an extra off-road driving mode, which features a particular infotainment show displaying gradient, incline angle and technical settings.

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A seven-speed twin clutch gearbox is normal within the GLB200, whereas the GLB250, GLB200d and GLB220d 4Matic utilise an eight-speed gearbox.

Additional fashions, together with AMG GLB35 4Matic and GLB45 variants, are due subsequent 12 months.

Additionally beneath improvement is a four-wheel-drive plug-in hybrid variant, that includes an electrified rear axle and a pure electrical vary that Mercedes-Benz sources tip to drastically exceed 31 miles. The GLB will even type the premise of a full electrical EQB, because of arrive in 2021.

Pricing has but to be set. UK-bound GLB fashions will likely be produced at a three way partnership plant operated by Mercedes-Benz and the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance in Aguascaliente, Mexico. It can even be produced in China for that market.

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