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Mercedes-Benz has officially unveiled its first ever GLB, a versatile SUV with powerful proportions and a off-road oriented design.

14 Jun 2019 | International News : Germany

One in three Mercedes-Benz cars is now an SUV, and one in four a compact model. A compact SUV like the GLB therefore combines all the success factors of the company's highest volume segments.

The Mercedes-Benz GLB's off-road oriented design is evident in its short overhands at the front and rear
The powerful proportions of the GLB underscore the design with its off-road orientation.

The surfaces of the forms are emphasised, and reduced lines and precise seams are major features. The upright front section with its striking headlamps is clear evidence of off-road genes.

The LED High Performance headlamps and MULTIBEAM LED headlamps are available for the GLB on request.

The latter allow extremely quick and precise, electronically controlled adjustment of the headlamps to suit the current traffic situation. As an option, there are also front fog lamps with LED technology.

The muscular and sensuously contoured vehicle shoulder dominates the side view at the height of the C-pillar, an effect reinforced by the rising waistline. The doors reach over the side bar, improving ease of access, and keep the door apertures free of soiling as well as increasing protection in a side impact.

The GLB's robust off-road looks are executed in its interior, with tubular elements in an aluminium look
The instrument panel consists of a single piece, which has optical cut-outs in the driver and front passenger area.

The driver faces a widescreen cockpit, with control and display via Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX).

A tubular element rounds off the lower section of the instrument panel and houses the three round centre air vents. The robust character of the interior continues in the centre console.

Tubular elements in a machined look lend solidity to the design of the components and controls. Along the doors, the SUV character is underlined by the horizontal grab handle that, from the design and equipment line Progressive upwards, forms a robust part of the door panel structure and resembles a machined aluminium tube.

The Mercedes-Benz GLB will come with two four-cylinder petrol engines. The GLB200 will be powered by a turbocharged 1.3-litre, putting out 158bhp and 250Nm of torque. The GLB250 on the other hand will be powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged engine, producing 218bhp and 350Nm of torque.

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