in ,

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB Seven-Seater Will Be 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.

The Mercedes-Benz GLB initially appearing as a concept before becoming very real, was unveiled tonight in Utah. It’s about the same size as the GLA and GLC, but can seat two more people than those cars in optional configurations. It’ll be made here and sold here, and my early guess is that many, many of these will be sold.

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.”

A digital cockpit with a 7.0-inch instrument screen and a 7.0-inch center touchscreen display dominate the dash, the latter allowing access to a multitude of standard-issue tech including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The automaker’s MBUX system with voice control is also standard, as are a suite of driver assist systems including active braking, crosswind assist, and a rearview camera. Optional packages include blind spot assist, navigation, parking assist, larger 10.25-inch displays, an upgraded Burmester surround system, heads-up display, and much more.

The seven-seater is an option, alongside optional all-wheel-drive, optional head-up display, optional semi-autonomous features. Under the hood is a four cylinder, 2.0 liter engine that makes 221 horsepower and sends the car from zero to 60 in 6.9 seconds, according to Mercedes, but makes 269 lb-ft of torque.

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.

There isn’t much open space between the base prices of the roughly $35,000 GLA and the $40,000 GLC. It’s probably fair to assume the GLB’s price will start somewhere around $37,000 for a front-wheel-drive, five-seat GLB250 when it goes on sale late this year. A long list of optional extras like a panoramic sunroof, adaptive suspension, and multiple packages that add driver-assist and convenience features will surely drive up the price.

Fully a third of Mercedes sold these days is an SUV or crossover, the next biggest-selling segment is small cars, per Mercedes, so the GLB makes tons of sense as a business proposition. It’s also a capitulation to the current market. SUVs no matter than size sell like hot cakes on Sunday.

The GLB looks much better in person than I photos is all I can say for now. I can’t wait to drive it.

Leave a Reply

GIPHY App Key not set. Please check settings

One Comment

    Written by Carzbass

    Tesla Model 3 dubbed as fastest charging car in Europe by Top Gear

    Toyota Remains World’s Most Valuable Car Brand.