2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB: Everything We Know, From Its Boxy Looks, To Tech And Engines

Can you ever have too many SUVs and crossovers? Well, according to Mercedes-Benz, the answer to that question is an unequivocal ‘no’. Not at least when it comes to their lineup, which is soon to expand with yet another offering called the GLB.

Slotting between the GLA and GLC in terms of size, the GLB will appeal to those that find the former not that good off-road (or looking too much like a hatch) and latter too big – think of it as kind of a reincarnated GLK. It’s also been spied for numerous months now wearing curly camouflage, so let’s illustratively look at the real thing.

Stout Exterior Styling

Initial impressions suggest much influence has come from the new G-Class. Frontal styling is dominated by a bluff nose, square-ish headlamps and a smooth, rectangular grille. Given the GLB’s compact footprint, its proportions are suitably upright, and the side DLO (daylight opening area) has an up-kick below the rear quarter glass.

Sheet-metal surfacing has eschewed harder creases in favor of more organic curves. The rear end features horizontal LED taillight clusters and styling that is a mish-mash of several Mercedes-Benz models. AMG versions will be differentiated by bigger wheels and brakes, an aggressive front fascia and signature ‘Panamericana’ grille.


A-Class Accommodation Inside

Much of the cabin is closely related to the A-Class, which has a contemporary blend of cutting-edge technology and a luxurious atmosphere. Familiar cues are the triple turbine air vents, three-spoke multifunction steering wheel and console-based trackpad. The large 10.25-inch twin-screen MBUX infotainment setup is packed with many customizable features, displays and augmented-reality satellite navigation.

The GLB sits on the front-wheel/all-wheel drive MFA2 (Modular Front Architecture) platform, which also underpins the A-Class, CLA and B-Class. This bodes well for occupants in terms of space, given its restrained external dimensions. Ride and handling benefit too – however, make no mistake: this is no rock-crawler or track weapon.

Efficient Power

Starting out the range (for European markets at least) will be 1.4-litre, turbocharged four-cylinder petrol and a 1.5-litre turbodiesel pumping out 114 hp (85 kW). Next up is a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder producing around 190 horsepower and 221 pound-feet (299 Newton-meters) of torque. A plug-in hybrid and a fully electric EQB variant will be offered down the track, too.

For those wanting more oomph, AMG will offer the turbocharged 2.0-litre four from the Mercedes-AMG A35. In this format, it makes 302 horsepower (225 kilowatts) and sends power to all four wheels via a seven-speed, dual-clutch automatic transmission. A mental GLB 45 variant with upwards of 400 hp (289 kW) has also been speculated, but this remains a conjecture until officially confirmed.

Launch Timing & Rivals

Expect the all-new GLB to debut this September at the Frankfurt Motor Show as a MY2020 offering, with sales starting in most markets in the first quarter of 2020.

Rivals include the Audi Q3, BMW X1, Range Rover Evoque, Volvo XC40, Cadillac XT4, Jaguar E-Pace and Lexus UX.

So, what do you think of the new GLB? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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  • Trey Bellamy

    114 horsepower?

    • Momogg

      Yes, 1.5dci from Renault.

  • charlotteharry57

    Looks like a plain ‘ol hatchback masquerading as a CUV. If you can fool some of the people some of the time…

  • rockyroad

    the existence of the GLB seems so unnecessary and might dilute the line up even more. If GLA wasn’t looking ‘off-road’ enough, Merc would just make it look more like it in the next gen anyways

  • Marwan Abdul Hak

    I loved the GLK. Thanks Mercedes for giving us a successor

    • PK

      this is the glk’s successor?

      • Momogg

        Something like this.

    • DM

      I believe the GLC is the GLK’s successor, since they are both based on the C-Class and both are RWD.

  • MarkoS

    A Wagon by another name. I would like to see this styling approach on the GLC or GLE the proportions would probably work better.

  • Momogg

    I hope they will put the V8 Biturbo. 😍

    • TheHake

      Maybe a GLB 65? I’m sure they can shoe-horn a V12 in there…

      • Momogg


        They put the V8 in the GLC. 😉

  • erly5

    Since the GLA is such a half-assed attempt at a crossover and looks more like a jacked-up hatchback, the GLB will at last give Mercedes a proper competitor to the X1 and Q3 since the demise of the GLK.

  • Alexandro Pietro


  • Bash

    Interior looks loveable, but the exterior is a bit quirky!


    Looks like nissan terra

  • klowik

    it’s too low to be a practical SUV..

    • salamOOn

      agree, its more like boxy and little bigger b class.

  • Harry_Wild

    It looks like a shunked GLK that is rounded in the rear quarter. Might be the size of a VW Golf hatchback.

  • Thunderbolt

    Those engines vs. the weight of a Mercedes, I don’t think so.
    Just take a look at the E-class sales since Merc put in the 4 banger,
    E-class didn’t sell well and GLB not gonna sell well.

  • EM1

    Is this also made in Mexico like the new A Class sedan?

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