Mercedes-Benz Concept GLB Is The Baby G-Class We’ve Always Wanted

One of the most long-awaited vehicles to premiere at the ongoing Shanghai Auto Show is this; the Mercedes-Benz Concept GLB.

Pictured here live from its stand in Shanghai, the Concept GLB previews a new compact SUV which will soon be introduced by Mercedes to slot between the GLA and the GLC.

In near production form, it measures 4,634 mm long, 1,890 mm wide, and is 1,900 mm tall while riding on a 2,829 mm-long wheelbase. It offers seating for up to seven people and has been presented with quite a utilitarian design, fitting of a vehicle long known as the ‘baby G Wagon.

The concept presented by Mercedes-Benz in China features a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder petrol engine with 221 hp and 258 lb-ft (350 Nm) of torque. This engine is mated to an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission which sends power to the road through a 4Matic all-wheel drive system which can lock its torque-split 50:50 between the axles when off-roading.

Mercedes-Benz has been developing the GLB for a number of years and the SUV certainly looks the part. Up front, it includes rectangular headlights with rounded edges, a black and silver grille, dedicated fog light units, and a noteworthy silver accent at the base of the front bumper. Mercedes has also fitted black off-road wheels and tires, side steps, black fender flares, black roof rails, and neatly incorporated a pair of driving lights into the roof.

The cabin of the Mercedes-Benz Concept GLB is very similar to the A-Class and includes the company’s MBUX infotainment system. Also found within are a host of leather and nappa surfaces finished in Chestnut Brown. There are also a range of orange accents within.

The German automaker hasn’t said when the production-spec GLB will hit the market.

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  • Liam Paul

    that front looks like a Kia Tellaride to me

    • Ben

      I looked out my window and sure enough a pig went fluttering by. We are now in the age where Mercedes releases a product that looks like a KIA and its true. Dang.

  • charlotteharry57

    Don’t get all excited about the mudder tires, suggesting a baby G-Class. This is a grocery go-getter, totally unnecessary, if you ask me.

    • lagunas3ca

      Yet all you comment about is how well SUVs sell…

  • lagunas3ca

    So the GLB gets the twin digital readouts but the refreshed GLC doesn’t? Shame. Even the 2019 A-Class has them.

    • javier

      i don’t like all the screens , too much distraction. In the gla now you cant turn the dials really low and the color is this harsh grey so at night it sucks, i have to roll up a t shirt to block the light. The audis otoh have this orangy red glow to the interior lights and the dash is nicely minimalistic. Hopefully with the new mercs you can adjust the tone and intensity

  • getoffme

    If only MB would fix that dual screen situation….It does not look good.

  • Enter Ranting

    Looks like they farmed out the dashboard stitching to Dr. Frankenstein.

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