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Mercedes-Benz has finally launched the all new rugged-looking GLB - a compact SUV that slots between the GLA and GLC models.

20 Nov 2019 | International News : Spain


If there is one car in Mercedes-Benz's lineup that closely resembles the timeless G-Class, it has to be the all new Mercedes-Benz GLB that you see here.

Tip to tip, the GLB measures 4,634mm long, with a wheelbase of 2,829mm
Slotting between the GLA and the GLC models, this compact SUV - or baby G as we would like to call it - puts on a boxier design and an angular style inspired by its larger G-Class. Similarly, the baby G comes adorned with an upright front end, an angular grille and a set of modern-looking oblong headlights.

Thus, size-wise, it comes as no surprise that the GLB sits taller than the GLC. At 4,634mm long, 1,834mm wide and 1,659mm tall, the boxy compact SUV will compete against rivals like the Audi Q3, BMW X1, Range Rover Evoque and the Volvo XC40, but with the added appeal of a third-row of seats.

Just as appealing is the car's interior. Considering it shares the same front-wheel drive Modular Front Architecture 2 (MFA2) platform as the A-Class, the GLB expectedly comes equipped with the carmaker's latest twin-screen MBUX system as seen on the A-Class.

In its five-seater configuration (left), there's 570 litres of boot space; it's extendable to a whopping 1,805 litres
Elsewhere, as you'd assume from the tri-star brand, the cabin offers exceptional levels of quality and luxurious leather and wood trims. Space wise, backseat occupants appear to have more headroom than the GLC, with adequate leg and shoulder room for three Asian adults.

As for the boot space, 570 litres is on offer for the regular five-seat model. This is some 40 litres and 65 litres more than what you'd get in the latest Audi Q3 and BMW X1 respectively. Fold the seats down and hauling capacity will increase several notches to 1,805 litres.

It's a 1.3-litre engine in the GLB200 (left) and a juicy 2.0-litre on the GLB 35
Several engine options are available at launch here in Andalusia, Spain, but more relevantly to Singapore, the GLB200 comes packed with a 1.3-litre powerplant that sends 163bhp and 250Nm of torque to the front wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch auto gearbox. This allows the car to finish the century sprint in 9.1 seconds before reaching a top speed of 207km/h.

The juicier top-of-the-range all-wheel driven GLB 35, on the other hand, gets a 2.0-litre engine that punches out 306bhp and 400Nm of twisting force. These figures come through an eight-speed dual-clutch gearbox that will provide the car with ample gusto to hit the 100km/h mark in just 5.2 seconds.

Cabin isn't just modern, it's tech-saavy as well
You'll also have the different choices of driving modes (Slippery, Comfort, Sport, Sport+ and Individual). According to Mercedes-Benz, these driving modes are linked to the AMG Dynamics agility control, which means that the handling characteristics can be even more closely matched with different requirements and driving conditions.

The all new front-wheel driven Mercedes-Benz GLB200 is expected to arrive in Singapore in the first half of next year. The GLB 35 will follow suit.
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