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