The new Mercedes-Benz GLB is a versatile SUV with off-road-oriented design and standard 4MATIC all-wheel drive. As the first Mercedes-Benz in the compact segment available as a seven-seater, it is also a spacious family car with two optional third row seats that fit passengers up to 1.68 metres in height. With a powerful and efficient four-cylinder engine, advanced driving assistance systems, and the intuitively operable infotainment system MBUX (Mercedes-Benz User Experience), the new Mercedes-Benz GLB has all the strengths of the current compact-class generation from Mercedes-Benz.
The new GLB is designed to be spacious. The headroom in the first row is 1035 millimetres — a best in this segment. Its 2829 millimetres wheelbase, offers ten more centimetres than the new CLA. Rear legroom in the five-seater is a particularly spacious 967 millimetres.
In the five-seater configuration, the load compartment has a capacity of 560 to 1755 litres. The optional third row seating, adjustable seating and backrest inclination allow the load compartment to be as large as 179 litres.
Success story: Canada's fifth model in the compact car family
The new GLB is manufactured at the Aguascalientes (Mexico) plant. It will be available in Canada at the end of the year.
With the introduction of the new GLB, a compact SUV, the model year 2020 compact car family from Mercedes-Benz Canada consists of five models: the A-Class Hatch, A-Class Sedan, CLA Coupé, and the GLA.
One in four vehicles sold by Mercedes-Benz in Canada is a compact model. Over half of Mercedes-Benz vehicles sold in Canada are now SUVs.
Ready for boarding: Up to seven seats
The GLB is the first compact vehicle from Mercedes-Benz to offer an optional third row of seats. The two optional third row spots seat passengers as tall as 1.68 metres comfortably.
The GLB's extensive safety equipment includes: retractable head restraints, seat belts with belt tensioners, and a side window airbag — which also protects passengers in the third seat row.
ISOFIX and TOP-Tether anchorages allow passengers to attach up to four child seats in the rear.
Comfort features in the third row include: two drink holders between the seats, as well as two side storage compartments with rubberized inserts each with a USB port.
In order to extend the load compartment, seats can be lowered so that they are flush with the load compartment floor.
The exterior design: Off-road character
The powerful proportions of the GLB underscore its off-road character. The upright front section with its striking headlamps and the short overhangs at the front and rear, are clear markers of the vehicle's off-road genes.
The muscular and sensuously contoured vehicle shoulders dominate the side view at the height of the C-pillar, an effect reinforced by the vehicle's rising waistline. Protective claddings divide the overall proportions and emphasize the vehicle's off-road character, as does the simulated underride guard at the front and rear.
"Its design lends the Mercedes-Benz GLB an unmistakable SUV character," says Gorden Wagener, Chief Design Officer at Daimler AG. "The clear forms with reduced lines and powerful surfaces convey our design philosophy of Sensual Purity."
Interior design with aluminum details
The GLB's 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 MBUX (Mercedes-Benz User Experience). A unique feature of the GLB's interior is a distinctively off-road tubular element in an aluminum look, which rounds off the lower section of the instrument panel and houses three round centre air vents. These give the dashboard support and the impression of robustness, power and added fun. Below the nozzles is the air conditioning control panel, whose buttons create the impression that they have been milled from a solid aluminum cylinder.
The unique 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 on the door, which resembles a machined aluminium tube.
LED High Performance headlamps are standard on the GLB and MULTIBEAM LED headlamps are available as an option. The optional MULTIBEAM LED headlamps allow for extremely quick and precise, electronically controlled adjustment of the headlamps to suit traffic conditions.
The GLB also has standard front fog lamps with LED technology. These fog lamps distribute light more widely than the main headlamps and thus illuminate peripheral areas better. Their low position in the front bumper helps reduce the risk of the light distracting on-coming vehicles.
The technical details
The GLB benefits from the technical highlights of the current compact-class generation from Mercedes-Benz, including:
- The new four-cylinder gasoline engine, which was completely updated to relaunch the compact model series. Compared to the previous generation, this engine excels with considerably increased outputs, improved efficiency and lower emissions.
- The driving assistance systems with cooperative support for the driver and functionality from the S-Class. Thanks to improved camera and radar systems, the GLB can view up to 500 metres ahead and can drive partially autonomously in certain situations. For example, it can conveniently adapt its speed before corners, crossroads or roundabouts using the Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC with support from maps and navigation data. Also, the intuitive Active Lange Change Assist has been added as a new function of the Active Steering Assist. The GLB also has the extended automatic restart function on highways in stop and go traffic.
- The comfort suspension. The front of the GLB features McPherson suspension struts. At the rear it has an acoustically and vibrationally decoupled multi-link axle with compression springs.
- The intuitively operated infotainment system MBUX (Mercedes-Benz User Experience). Key features of the system include: its powerful computer, brilliant screens and graphics, all-colour head-up display, Augmented Reality navigation, learning-capable software and voice control that is activated by the phrase "Hey Mercedes".
4MATIC all-wheel drive
As standard, the GLB comes equipped with 4MATIC, with fully-variable torque distribution. This sporty all-wheel drive configuration allows the driver to use the DYNAMIC SELECT switch to influence the characteristics of 4MATIC. There are set drive programs to control the all-wheel drive clutch, but the system responds flexibly to the current driving situation in any mode. In regular driving operation, the drive program "Eco/Comfort" is based on an 80:20 distribution (front axle: rear axle), while in "Sport" it is 70:30.
Powerful and efficient engine
The new GLB is powered by a four-cylinder gasoline engine, which was completely updated to relaunch the compact model series. In comparison to the previous generation engine, it is characterized by significantly increased power, improved efficiency and emissions.
The two-litre M 260 engine in the GLB 250 4MATIC has cast-iron cylinder liners in its engine block of diecast aluminium, widening at the lower end as per the CONICSHAPE® principle. In-house the cylinder bore process is descriptively known as "trumpet-honing". This minimizes piston friction and cuts consumption. In the aluminum four-valve cylinder head, the CAMTRONIC variable valve timing system allows two-stage adjustment of the valve lift on the intake side.
Technical data at a glance:
GLB 250 4MATIC
Max. torque (Nm)
1800 - 4000
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About Mercedes-Benz Canada
Mercedes-Benz Canada is responsible for the sales, marketing and service of the Mercedes-Benz and Mercedes-AMG passenger vehicles, Mercedes-Benz Vans and smart. Headquartered in Toronto, Ontario, Mercedes-Benz Canada Inc. employs approximately 1,200 people in 14 locations across Canada. Through a nationwide network of seven Mercedes-Benz own retail operations and 52 authorized dealerships, Mercedes-Benz Canada sold 49,758 vehicles in 2018. This positioned Mercedes-Benz as the top luxury manufacturer in Canada for the fifth consecutive year.
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