The Mercedes-Benz GLB will arrive in showrooms at the end of the year, but the company is currently accepting orders in Germany, where it’s offered with a choice of six powertrains, from €37,746.80 ($42,293).
In comparison, the more urban- and hatch-like GLA starts at € 30,333.10, while the larger GLC, from € 46,237.45 in Merc’s home market. In America, the respective starting MSRPs for the two models are $33,950 for the GLA and $40,700 for the GLC.
Built on the same basic underpinnings as the new A-Class, albeit bigger to offer more passenger room and the option of a third row of seats, suitable for occupants up to 1.68 meters (about 5.6ft) in height, the boxy GLB technically rivals the Audi Q3 and BMW X1. However, the base X1 is available from €32,700 ($36,639), whereas the 2020 Q3 starts at €38,600 ($43,249).
The only petrol engines available are the 163 PS (161 hp / 120 kW), 1.3-liter in the GLB 200 and 224 PS (221 hp / 165 kW), 2.0-liter in the GLB 250 4Matic.
The diesel lineup is more generous, being offered in GLB 180d, GLB 200d, GLB 200d 4Matic and GLB 220d 4Matic guises. Pricing ranges between €37,770.60 ($42,320) and €44,601.20 ($49,973). These models share the same 2.0-liter power unit between them, which churns out 116 PS (114 hp / 85 kW) and 280 Nm (207 lb-ft) of torque in the most affordable variant, and 150 PS (148 hp / 110 kW) and 320 Nm (236 lb-ft) in the mid-range grades. The 220d 4Matic has 190 PS (187 hp / 140 kW) and 400 Nm (295 lb-ft).
Models packing the 4Matic all-wheel drive system have the standard Offroad Engineering Package, with Downhill Speed Regulation, an extra driving mode and additional off-road light. Elsewhere, you can spec your GLB with a wide range of options, including LED headlights and fog lamps, 360-degree camera system, head-up display, Burmester premium audio, heated steering wheel. Several packages, like the Business, Driving Assistance, Night and Start, with the latter being offered until the end of the year, are also on the list.
Additionally, Mercedes-Benz is offering the GLB Edition 1 for a €9.044 ($10,133) premium, with 20-inch alloy wheels with opal orange rim flanges, bahia brown interior with coral red topstitching and walnut wood with coral red pattern.