A few days ago, Auto Nation Group, the official distributor of Mercedes-Benz in the country, launched the all-new GLB. Despite being one of the smallest crossovers in its lineup, the 2021 GLB can actually seat seven. With it, the GLB presents itself as a practical seven-seater that comes with SUV styling, with MPV-like spaciousness.

Given that it has three rows of seats, surely Mercedes-Benz equipped this compact seven-seater with a turbo-diesel engine under the hood? Nope, the GLB is only available with one engine; a 1.3-liter turbocharged gasoline engine. Despite its small size, the engine actually does develop very impressive figures at 163 PS and 250 Nm of torque.

But given that other markets come with the more powerful 2.0-liter turbo-diesel (150 PS with 320 Nm or 190 PS with 400 Nm), we asked the automaker as to why they opted for the smaller 1.3-liter mill.

Why does PH market Mercedes-Benz GLB 7-seater use a 1.3L engine? image

According to Benjamin Bautista, Senior Product Manager at Auto Nation Group, 1.3-liter gasoline turbo in the GLB 200 AMG Line is more than enough to haul seven people, as well as their gear for a weekend away. He also said that the 1.3-liter was the first engine specified by Mercedes-Benz for the all-new GLB.

As for the possibility of a turbo-diesel version of the GLB, Bautista did say that they might offer it in the future. They did mention, however, that they will have to price the diesel version just right should it make its way in the country as the GLB’s closest competitors don’t come with diesel engines.

With the company believing that the 1.3-liter engine is enough to haul seven people in the GLB, we’re now curious if it really can. We certainly cannot wait to test Mercedes-Benz’s newest seven-seater.