2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB Is A Seven-Seater Arriving Later This Year

The long-awaited 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB has just been launched as the latest addition to the German car manufacturer’s huge fleet of SUVs.

As its name implies, the Mercedes-Benz GLB slots nicely between the GLA and the GLC with its 111.4-inch long wheelbase. The SUV will be available as a seven-seater but Mercedes is still referring to the vehicle as forming part of its “global compact car family.”

Speaking of seven seats, customers can opt to have two retractable individual seats installed in the third row. There are also side window airbags for third-row passengers as well as two drink holders between the back seats and a number of stowage compartments which include USB-C ports. If customers don’t need seven seats, they can purchase the GLB as a five-seater with a second row which can be folded in a ratio of 40:20:40 and includes seats with backrest inclination adjustment.

As we expected, the exterior design of the GLB is virtually identical to the recent concept. Consequently, there is a beefy front end with square headlights and different grille/bumper designs depending on variant. The GLB also comes standard with a pair of roof rails, features muscular shoulders, and includes various areas of cladding. Customers can option both LED High Performance headlamps for the GLB and front fog lamps with LEDs.

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The GLB comes equipped with some of the car manufacturer’s latest technologies in the cabin. For example, the MBUX infotainment system first featured in the new A-Class comes standard with a pair of large screens. Additionally, Mercedes-Benz has taken all the advanced driving assistance systems from the S-Class and made them available on the GLB. Consequently, the GLB can drive partially autonomously in certain situations. Other important pieces of tech found in the vehicle include Active Steering Assist, Active Lane Change Assist, and Active Parking Assist with Parktronic.

Mercedes-Benz’s 4MATIC permanent all-wheel drive system with variable torque distribution is available and includes Eco/Comfort, Sport, and Off-Road settings to alter the torque distribution between the front and rear axles.

The Mercedes-Benz GLB will be sold exclusively in the United States in GLB 250 4MATIC guise. This model is fitted with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 221 hp at 5500 rpm and 258 lb-ft of torque between 1800 and 4000 rpm. Local prices have yet to be announced.

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  • PK

    It looks very nice! <3

  • It’s like the reincarnation of the GLK, and that’s a good thing!

    • Benjamin B.

      It’s smaller than the GLK

      • I meant that the GLB has a somewhat similar style to GLK, not that this really is its spiritual successor.

      • Melih Haboglu

        Are you süre?

      • It’s bigger than the GLK. As per Wikipedia:
        GLB: Length- 182in Height- 75in Wheelbase- 111in

        GLK: Length- 178.3in Height- 74.3in Wheelbase- 108.5in

    • Benjamin B.

      Plus it’s FWD based

  • Nordschleife

    If the G wagon is the steak of SUV’s this must be the retarded cuzzin…bologna. Easily the least successful design in Mercedes newest portfolio.

    • PK

      G Wagon = Tomahawk Steak!
      GLS = T-Bone Steak!
      GLE = New York Strip!
      GLC = Ribeye Steak!
      GLB = Filet Mignon!
      GLA = Sirloin Steak!

      • lagunas3ca

        GLE Coupe would be A5 Kobe Strip Steak if only it had the dual high-res digital instrument clusters.

        • PK

          i guess.

  • MayTheBestCarWin05

    I am a SUCKER for a nice brown leather interior.

    With that said. The proportions seem off….I shouldn’t think VW Tiguan when looking at a Mercedes.

    • Benjamin B.

      Maybe it’s because the GLB is front wheel drive like the A Class, the Golf and the Tiguan.

  • Benjamin B.

    This segment is too small for a third row of seats. If I can fit the back as a 6’ full grown man, I’ll eat my socks.

    • Matt

      Well why would you expect to fit back there? They’re designed primarily for kids.

      • Benjamin B.

        I figured. I don’t understand why Mercedes-Benz will offer the 7-seater in the USDM. The GLB is slightly smaller than the GLC and the 5-seater offers about the same cargo capability. The GLC is rear wheel drive a little bit heavier, admittedly, but the C-Class it’s based on is a much better vehicle than the A-Class. Rather get the Discovery Sport as it comes standard with 4WD. It’s a bit larger too. Adults will have to crawl into the back to buckle up children. I don’t like the idea of smaller B segment crossovers having three rows of seating. At least in the USDM. In Europe it’s alright because European parents are fitter and can crawl into the back to insure their children and properly secure. American parents are — well, Peter Griffin and Homer Simpson are prefect examples of the average American parent.

  • JRP

    The interior looks pretty cool 👍

  • nik

    Why does the greenhouse seem so tall? And the rest of the body so low to the ground? This has the proportions of an MPV actually.

    • Mr_Fanta_Pants

      It’s basically their interpretation of the Renault Grand Scenic.

  • YUDHA BAGASKARA

    Wonder if mercedes decided to make X-Class based SUV called GLX

  • MultiKdizzle

    Looks like a SKODA for some odd reason.

    • exeptor

      I guess the floppy rear helps significantly. Placement of the rear lights is identically bad.

  • MarkoS

    Good execution that somehow does not follow through. I’d go something much less expensive, yet better.

  • salamOOn

    ok where is that rugged looking variant…? i really liked those thicker tyres on it, these lowprofiles here looks weird….

  • Previous Generation VW Tiguan + Chrysler HHR = M-B GLB

    • lagunas3ca

      *Chevrolet HHR

      • Thanks…also meant Chrysler PT Cruiser…but all the same 😉

      • Andrewthecarguy

        Yep!

  • StrangerGP

    The obssession with 7 seats is silly.

    As for the car it’s really ugly, looks like some Chinese Mercedes knock-off.

    • ME

      Made in Mexico too.

  • Richard Sloman

    Its amazing that in a huge market like the US where they sell millions of cars annually, they will offer one model derivative of this, when this gets to South Africa they will have half a dozen engines and twenty two derivatives all for a market that sells less than 500k vehicles a year…

    • Merc1

      Do you guys just not keep up with the news? Of course there will be more variants of this for the U.S. market. GLB 35 and GLB 45 AMG models are coming.

      M

      • Richard Sloman

        The point being that, take any vehicle range, look at how many models are available in the US for the size of the market then look at what is sold in South Africa, a market probably less than 10% of the US by volume, and yet locally the manufacturers offer more model derivatives.

  • erly5

    Not as rugged looking as expected. And it has definite overtones of the previous generation Tiguan (which I have always disliked). Not sure about that kink in the lower rear window line either, looks like separate pics of the front and back that don’t quite align, like you see when spread over 2 pages in a magazine.

  • designer_dick

    I’m not a fan of seeing body coloured metal on the interior door frames in premium cars. For a car likely to cost from around £30,000 in the UK, it seems more than a little cheap.

  • Harry_Wild

    Looks like a shunked GLS. The only engine is the 250 4 Matic low performance gas with 4 cylinder with 221hp. Skip it if you travel the highways and want a sporty drive. It has the same power as the new RAV-4 hybrid but the RAV gas better acceleration!

  • Dennis Scipio

    Those third row seats given it’s overall length are best suited for smaller passengers.

  • Enter Ranting

    The blue one has the extra large fake grille option with a Russian disco interior.

  • botornot387

    Ugly as sin. What’s the point of having this overlap with the GLC. And honestly who wants to put 7 passengers in a car that is based off the GLA

  • fathornyblackandjoe

    Exterior styling is nice–definitely like this evolution away from the “melted, droopy slouch” look of the current generation. The interior seems nice, too, except way too much disco lighting…borderline tacky, in fact. I assume the color and brightness of the ambient lighting can be personalized.

  • Enoch Gabriel Gonzales

    I guess this is a 7-seater MPV disguised as an “SUV”

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