Remember when Mercedes-Benz launched the all-new GLB last year? It's the brand's first-ever compact crossover with seven seats, serving as the bigger brother to the GLA. It's also perhaps the brand's smallest crossover with three rows of seats.
Auto Nation Group, the official distributor of Mercedes-Benz cars in the country, will soon be launching it in the country. Actually, by August 18, 2020, the Mercedes-Benz distributor will be launching its latest seven-seater offering.
Unlike the GLA which comes with a sleek shape, the upcoming GLB has a more boxy and upright design and is complemented by tall windows. All of these translate to a roomier interior and a third-row that Mercedes-Benz claims can seat people up to 1.68-meters tall (or about 5 feet, 6 inches).
As far as its design is concerned, the GLB looks, unlike anything Mercedes-Benz has designed. It gets squared-off headlights, a relatively flat nose, a huge tailgate, distinct wraparound LED taillights, and sporty front/rear bumpers.
Like the GLA/A-Class, the GLB features a somewhat familiar interior design. From the massive MBUX displays, aircraft-inspired air vents, flat-bottomed steering wheel, and touches of aluminum/faux metal, the GLB's interior is classy, sleek, and ergonomic. Exact interior specifications for the GLB have yet to be specified, but we won't be surprised if it will come with such features like automatic climate control, heated/ventilated seats, adaptive cruise control, intelligent voice control, as well as memory seats.
Under the hood, a total of three engines are available for the 2020 GLB. The gasoline choices include the GLB 200 which comes with a 1.3-liter turbocharged mill and a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four with all-wheel drive in the GLB 250 4Matic. For those that prefer diesel, there's the GLB 200d and GLB 220d which are both powered by a 2.0-liter turbo-diesel engine.
With the PH-spec A-Class and B-Class getting the 1.3-liter turbo inline-four, it's highly likely that the GLB could also come with the same engine. With it, we can expect the seven-seater to come with 163 PS and 250 Nm of torque, along with a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox.
As seven-seaters continue to grow in number, perhaps Mercedes-Benz is looking to make a name for itself in the compact seven-seater crossover market. With its closest competitors (the Audi Q3 and BMW X1) not offering third-row seating, the Mercedes-Benz GLB could be seen as more practical and spacious. We certainly cannot wait to see just how much room there will be at the very back of the all-new GLB.