Mercedes-Benz took over the luxury compact SUV market in the 2000s with the M-Class launched in 1998, joining the G-Class as the company’s second SUV. 21 years later, the Mercedes-Benz GLB concept car was introduced, complementing the large family of luxury Mercedes SUVs.
Present in the luxury compact SUV segment with muscular proportions and an elegant impression ready to vise. Muscular shoulders and sensual indentations dominate the side view. Short overhangs and added LED lighting, combined with a typical Mercedes grille give GLB an adventurous look.
Mercedes-Benz GLB’s upright front exterior with striking Multibeam LED headlamps is clear evidence of the focus of this car for off-road driving.
Mercedes-Benz GLB exterior
As Mercedes explained earlier, this car will be carried in the space between GLA and GLC. But the exterior of the Mercedes-Benz GLB has a different design if you look at the Mercedes product line over the past few years. The small but muscular SUV uses clear contours and a rugged, charming appearance.
Mercedes design can not be separated from the front view of this car. The firm design of the front fascia is demonstrated by the unique parallelogram light headlamps. Mercedes typical grille still looks adorn the front view, this time in black to emphasize the sporty impression of this car. Fog lights at the bottom will go with the driver at night and foggy areas.
Mercedes-Benz GLB’s upright front exterior with striking Multibeam LED headlamps is clear evidence of the car’s focus for off-road driving. The same is the case with short overhangs on the front and back. The chrome bottom with air holes in the stainless steel look emphasizes the off-road quality of this car.
This concept car has a length of 4.62 meters and a wheelbase of 2.82 meters, providing enough space to accommodate three rows of seats and seven passengers. The sporty design is clearly visible on the exterior side of the Mercedes-Benz GLB with a muscular impression of the rear body. Complementing the sporty look of the GLB are the BFGoodrich All-Terrain T / A tires which immediately caught the attention when this car was first launched.
The back door is big enough to load luggage. In addition, Mercedes also pinned two lights on the stern roof. While the rear lights use a futuristic square accent. And just like the front view, the rear exterior of the Mercedes-Benz GLB also uses the chrome-accented bottom to create a balanced overall image.
Interior of Mercedes-Benz GLB
The impression of luxury can be directly seen through the display in this car. With a dash, steering wheel and seats covered with premium Nappa leather, the interior of the Mercedes-Benz GLB which is dominated by brown and premium accents brings an elegant feel to the driver and passengers.
The basic architecture of the dashboard is compatible with the B-Class with a widescreen cockpit facing the driver and functions and screens that are controlled through the MBUX (Mercedes-Benz User Experience) feature. The new features are typical off-road elements in aluminum, explaining the impression of a sturdy, strong, and fun factor on the Mercedes-Benz GLB dashboard.
This SUV is a typical member of the Mercedes compact car. Seen clearly on the Mercedes-Benz GLB dashboard which is made almost identical to the GLA. Plus a leather-made look made specifically for normal Mercedes-Benz luxury vehicles. The wooden trim elements on the dashboard and center console give this car a luxurious impression.
Just like the dashboard and seat design that uses Nappa leather and has a brown accent, the Mercedes-Benz GLB steering wheel is filled with chrome accents and various button setting features. In addition, integrated management clusters with infotainment screens show various driving information.
The broad dimensions make this car have three rows of seats that can be used for seven passengers. Mercedes says the two seats in the third row are not only for emergency travel but can comfortably accommodate two sedan-sized passengers. A total of four child seats can be installed in the second and third-row seats.
The second-row seat has a 40:20:40 division and a legroom of 50 mm to the rear is very broad for five-seat configurations. To facilitate access to the third row, the second-row Mercedes-Benz GLB seat also has an Easy: Entry function for easy folding. Adjustment of the tilt of the seat back also gives a sense of comfort for passengers behind.
The interior has a large cabin area, as well as enough luggage to carry various luggage. Although Mercedes has not revealed how much Mercedes-Benz GLB luggage space, storage space is certain to be one of the largest in its class. While the second-row seats can be arranged forward and back as high as 90 – 140 mm to the front to increase luggage space or legroom for occupants in the third row.
Features Mercedes-Benz GLB
With a dashboard similar to the A-Class and B-Class, this car will also get an MBUX infotainment system (Mercedes-Benz User Experience). By using the voice assistant “Hey Mercedes”, the driver can enter to use various vehicle features. Complementing various Mercedes-Benz GLB features, there is the latest navigation, infotainment system, and AI-based help system.
Mercedes-Benz GLB engine
The GLB concept is powered by an M260 four-cylinder engine combined with an 8-speed DCT dual-clutch transmission. Producing 224 horsepower and 350 Nm peak torque, this engine already has CONICSHAPE technology to decrease piston friction and cut fuel consumption. And of course, the combustion produced becomes more efficient.
The good news is that the Mercedes-Benz GLB operating system has power supplied through all four wheels using a permanent 4Motion all-wheel-drive system, with variable torque distribution. There are three modes to choose from, namely Eco, Comfort, and Sport. Give you the freedom to use the driving style that suits you.
SUVs are one of the biggest sales of Mercedes-Benz. Last year alone, more than 820,000 SUVs were sold, making it the largest cash pool segment of Mercedes. Therefore, Mercedes-Benz GLB is one of the new inputs for Mercedes. Especially with the distinctive design and appearance, comfortable and spacious cabin, and Mercedes-Benz technology, GLB can be one of the best selling Mercedes in the near future.