2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB To Launch As A Seven-Seater In Frankfurt

The Mercedes-Benz GLB is set to premiere in production guise at the Frankfurt Auto Show in September and, according to Mercedes-Benz Passion, will launch in seven-seat form.

Mercedes-Benz previewed the upcoming GLB earlier this year with a rugged-looking concept. The finished product will look very similar to the concept and the car will be underpinned by the company’s MFA architecture.

Like other seven-seat SUVs, occupants will be able to easily fold away the two seats at the rear while also being able to adjust the center bench seat up to nine centimeters forwards or five centimeters backwards to increase cargo space and leg room respectively.

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It is reported that trunk capacity with the third-row seats folded away sits at 560 liters (19.7 cubic foot) and at a respectable 500 liters (17.6 cubic foot) with the rear seats sitting upright. Fold down both the third and second-row seats and cargo space goes up to 1,800 liters (63.5 cubic foot).

The range will reportedly start with the GLB 200, which pumps out 163 hp from a turbocharged four-cylinder. Other petrol models will include the GLB 220 and GLB 250, while the diesels on offer will be the GLB 180 d with 116 hp and GLB 220 d with 190 hp.

Our spy shots have also confirmed that a Mercedes-AMG GLB 35 will be produced with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that pumps out 301 hp. It remains to be seen if a GLB 45 version is also in the works, though since the rest of the A-Class-based models get one, this is very likely.

Production of the GLB will take place in Aguascalientes, Mexico and Peking, China.

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  • Bash

    How can you fit 7 people in a car that is about the size of the sportage.

    • Benjamin B.

      It actually is smaller than the Sportage. Many vehicles in the C segment have three rows in Europe. The GLB is in the B segment and is based off of the A-Class. The Land Rover Discovery Sport also has a third row, but it’s larger. The Disco Sport is actually a tweener vehicle, being larger than GLC and smaller than the GLE. It’s sinilarly sized to the Ford Edge-based Lincoln Nautilus midsize crossover. The third row is only adequate for kids. I don’t know how Mercedes-Benz will attempt to fit the third row into this small vehicle, but I expect something similar to Ford’s sliding second row seats in the Escape. Ford’s Escape was rumored to offer a third row — at least in Europe. But it doesn’t. Many vehicle that size in Europe do though. The Nissan X-Trail (Rogue) in Europe has a third row while the slightly smaller Qashqai (Rogue Sport) does not. Anyhow the GLB is a smaller vehicle. Don’t expect to be able to use the third row if you’ve been through puberty.

    • Benjamin B.

      It won’t be usable by adults or teenagers. Only younger kids. And they will hate it back there.

      • Bash

        Absolutely true.

  • Benjamin B.

    The GLB is based off of the A-Class. How the heck do Mercedes-Benz engineers fit a third row of seats into this clown car? I’d like to see it packed with a family of seven clowns. Lol. Anyhow I suspect the third row will be reserved for younger kids only. Adults and teenagers will probably not fit.

    • driv3r

      Just as you fit 7 people into a BMW 2-series GranTourer or a Volkswagen Touran or Renault Grand Scenic or Opel/Vauxhall Zafira. Of course these cars are smaller than a Full-Size-SUV but they fit way better on any non-US road where just the size of the vehicle matters somehow.

  • WalthamDan

    Would love to see a five seat version of this for the US


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