New Mercedes GLB Features Conceptual Rugged Looks In Compact Form

Mercedes has revealed the new Concept GLB at the eve of the Shanghai Auto Show, essentially previewing the brand’s new compact SUV which will be positioned as the most practical sibling of the GLA.

As expected, the new Mercedes GLB adopts a chunkier appearance that in its thinly-veiled “concept” form is further aided by the use of fat off-road tires, extra body cladding and a roof rack.

The Concept GLB won’t remain a concept for long, as Mercedes confirmed that the final production version will be revealed this summer.

The new Mercedes SUV measures 4634mm long, 1890mm wide and 1900mm tall and rides on a 2829mm-long wheelbase, offering space for up to seven passengers in its interior. The concept also features LED spotlights above the windshield and 17-inch bi-color wheels.

The interior shares most of its design with the A-Class, featuring the trademark twin-display setup that hosts the brand’s MBUX infotainment system. Since this is a showcar, all interior surfaces are covered by special nappa and nubuk leather  leather in chesnut brown, with orange trim detailing and walnut panels completing the picture.

The third row of seats can be recessed into the luggage compartment in order to create more boot space when not used, with Mercedes claiming that they can offer comfortable seating for two medium-sized occupants.

The second row can be adjusted by 140mm -90mm to the front and 50mm to the rear-, making more space for those in the third row or offering more generous legroom in the GLB’s five-seat configuration.

The Concept GLB is powered by the brand’s M260 turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder petrol engine, paired to an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission. It produces 221hp (224PS) and 258lb-ft (350Nm) of torque. Power is sent to the permanent all-wheel drive 4Matic system, which can lock its torque-split 50:50 between the axles with the Off-Road mode enabled.

“The Concept GLB is a durable and practical SUV with nonetheless compact dimensions,” said Britta Seeger, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler. “Whether it is a generous, seven-seater family vehicle or a versatile leisure time companion: we are certain that this concept will be of great interest to our customers.”


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  • supermanuel

    It’s only a matter of time before the BMW fanboys get on here slagging this thing off, but I really like it. I didn’t expect to, but I like that it doesn’t look like a GLA or a GLC/E/S.

    • Mike anonymous

      Yes I actually happen to like it as well. It’s not bad at least given my first impressions here.

    • erly5

      Agree, certainly stands out from Mercedes’ other crossover/SUV offerings. I like it a lot.

      • Aeromann

        Yes, it’s different. I like this.
        Good job Merc’.

  • KenjiK

    I like it, a lot.

  • Сафиуллина-Мохамед Рамазанов

    So we can say that this is the true GLK successor not the GLC

    • Aeromann


    • Jason Panamera

      Nope. As the name GLB suggests it sits between GLA and GLC(new GLK). But the idea was also to make GLB as baby G class, so this car is an outcome of mix if conceptions.

    • Rocket

      In some ways I suppose that’s true. But it’s based on the GLA’s transverse architecture, so it loses points for the drivetrain. Still, with full-time AWD, it should conceal its FWD roots pretty well.

    • DM

      Just in size. GLK was RWD like the new GLC

      • Сафиуллина-Мохамед Рамазанов

        I mean design concept wise and size wise

        I know it’s not the mechanical successor and I know that’s the GLC

  • marioGTI

    Looks cartoonish rather than tough, plus the dash is getting old already, every Benz is getting the same old panorama TV and sink drains vents…

  • ME

    So what will change from concept to production, a similar A Class interior, less aggressive wheels and no roof lamps.

  • C Noi

    Love it

  • ErnieB
  • Aeromann

    I like it a lot!
    This is what a suv should look like, not a big fat awful “coupe”.

  • Nordschleife

    That little kink at the rear door is unnecessary. I was hoping this would look more like the ENER-G force concept since the you all scared Mercedes from actually making a G-Class that looks new.

  • Toronado_II

    Looks so… chinese !

  • Rocket

    It looks great in concept guise … much better than anticipated. I wasn’t expecting a third row of seats, however. They’d be wise to make the third row an option for the US market, or remove it completely. 182″ is not long enough for three rows of passengers.

    • Merc1

      Between this, the updated GLC, new GLE and GLS Mercedes should be a great shape for a few years to come on the SUV side. It’s shaping up to be an amazing lineup.


    • Harry_Wild

      Sure it is if the 2nd and 3rd rows are children!


    Still going to sell

  • salamOOn

    omg its as big as GLC….. i thought it will be smaller (audi q3 size)

    i like the exterior, but not the interior styling.

    • UnapolMisanth

      Agreed…I hate those vents with a passion unbridled.

      The multi-brown interior displays spme interesting textures but seems designed to evoke the interior of a colon.

  • Kash

    I kind of get the feeling the next GLA will become a coupe-UV since this thing is rather practical it seems and to better align itself with the CLA while this is paired off with the traditional A-class.

    • Merc1

      The current GLA is already a coupe like vehicle. Practically useless.


      • Kash

        I mean, even more so. Like a mini GLC (and yes I know the GLC is a mini GLE in coupe form)

  • Karl

    This absolutely not cool! Can Daimler dilute this brand any further?

  • Enter Ranting

    Mercedes is cooked. Overdone, actually.

  • DM

    Looks good, it will sell for sure. The only thing that bothers me is the line going up right behind the rear doors.

    • Aeromann

      I see your point, but in the end it’s not so bad.

  • Ary Wisesa

    I like it more than the GLA, which itself looks like a hatchback trying too hard to be an SUV.

  • MarketAndChurch

    I like it. For me personally, this is probably coolest small SUV from Daimler since the GLK. I didn’t like the GLA, the GLC, the GLC coupe, or even the new GLE, but this is actually pretty cool.

    • Aeromann

      Yes this is very cool.

  • SteersUright

    Not a fan. Looks like a Kia not an MB. Mercedes interiors are just horrible too, the giant rectangles, the Russian disco lighting, really lacking in class and good taste.

  • Aeromann

    Any ideas about the price?
    I guess it should be between GLA and GLC? 🤔

  • Nordschleife

    Someone has to be strong. I just made sure it was me.

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