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Mercedes-Benz reveals GLB SUV

Written by Nizam Shaikh

Mercedes-Benz has unveiled a new SUV from their line-up, the GLB. The SUV is based on the earlier GLB Concept which was revealed at the Shanghai Motor Show in April. The new SUV from the German brand sits between the GLA and the GLC and the SUV is expected to be offered in a 5-seat and a 7-seat layout. The GLB is inspired by the Mercedes-Benz G-Class and it follows the squared-off, angular design philosophy.

The GLB features LED multibeam headlights, twin spar chrome-accented front grille, faux skid plate on the front bumper, bumper mounted fog lamps with black surrounds, large alloy wheels, roof rails, LED tail lights, chrome-finished exhaust end pipes with silver finished surrounds.

The interiors of the GLB features, the Mercedes-Benz widescreen cockpit with a single screen housing the instrument console infotainment system equipped with the latest generation MBUX interface. The dashboard is styled with aluminium trim and round aircraft inspired air vents. In the 7-seater version, the two extra seats can be folded into the boot for extra storage space.

Initially, the GLB is likely to consist of four models, which will be sold globally:-

GLB200 (Petrol)

  • 1.3-litre turbocharged petrol producing 163 HP of power

GLB250 (Petrol)

  • 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol producing 221 HP of power

GLB 200d (Diesel)

  • 2.0-litre turbocharged diesel producing 150 HP of power

GLB 220d 4Matic (Diesel)

  • 2.0-litre turbocharged diesel producing 190 HP of power

The GLB is based on the Mercedes-Benz – MFA II platform and measures 4,634mm in length, 1,834mm in width and 1,658mm in height. It has a wheelbase of 2,829mm and in the suspension department, the SUV features a McPherson strut front and multi-link rear suspension with optional adaptive damping. When the Mercedes-Benz GLB comes to India, it is expected to be priced around the INR 40-45 lakh mark. The SUV will compete with Audi Q3, BMW X1 and Volvo XC40 in the Indian market.