Published on September 15th, 2020 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
Mercedes-Benz GLB Designed For Family Use
Mercedes-Benz Malaysia will be launching this brand new model in Malaysia this September 2020. You can already visit your preferred Mercedes-Benz dealer after having a look at these pictures below and watching the attached video on this family SUV.
Competing directly with the Hyundai Santa Fe and the Kia Sorento, (both seven seat SUVs with high quality interiors and having larger proportions over the GLB) the GLB makes a strong case for buyers looking for a premium badge in this class over mostly anything else.
The GLB may look a little ‘plain’ to some of you, well, tuning house BRABUS has designed an aftermarket kit that might tickle your fancy after buying your GLB.
There is also an AMG version of the GLB which comes from Mercedes-Benz itself and this gives the M260 DE20 LA turbocharged 2-litre 4-cylinder engine 400Nm of torque with its power output slightly improved to 306hp and it also gets the AMG SPEEDSHIFT 8-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. Being a crossover SUV of sorts, it also benefits from variable AMG Performance 4MATIC all-wheel drive.
For the Malaysian market, expect two variants of the GLB. The GLB 200 with 163hp and 250Nm of torque and the GLB 250 4Matic with 224bhp.
So, how much will the GLB cost? Based on our calculations, we estimate the selling price of the GLB to be above the current GLA and below the GLC. Therefore, you will be looking at a selling price of between RM258,000 for the GLB 200 to a possible RM288,000 for the GLB 250 4Matic. Let’s see what the launch price is and how close our guess has been.
Press Release: Here comes the Mercedes-Benz GLB. At 2829 millimetres the GLB has ten centimetres more wheelbase than, for example, the new B-Class. Together with the function-oriented greenhouse this is decisive when it comes to the generous amount of space. The headroom in the first seat row is 1035 millimetres – a best in this segment. At 967 millimetres the effective legroom in the rear of the five-seater is at an especially comfortable level.
The load compartment capacity of 560 to 1755 litres (figures for the five-seater) boasts the qualities of an estate. On request the second seat row can be longitudinally adjusted and as standard the inclination of the backrests is adjustable in several stages. This enables the load compartment to be enlarged by up to 179 litres and put to versatile use. For more on variability see page 3.
8th model in the family
The new GLB is manufactured at the Aguascalientes (Mexico) plant and, for the Chinese market, in Beijing. The GLB will be coming to Malaysia this September and will be a popular seller with families looking to upgrade to a 7-seat premium vehicle.
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.
With the new GLB the compact car family from Mercedes-Benz now consists of eight models: the A-Class, A-Class Saloon and long-wheelbase A-Class Saloon, B-Class, CLA Coupé, CLA Shooting Brake and the GLA are already on the market. Since the A-Class was launched in 1997, over 6.5 million vehicles from this segment have been sold worldwide by Mercedes-Benz.
Up to seven seats
The GLB is the first compact vehicle from Mercedes-Benz to offer a third seat row on request with two additional individual seats. The seats offer people up to a height of 1.68 metres a comfortable amount of space. The extensive safety equipment includes retractable head restraints, seat belts with belt tensioners, a side window airbag which also protects the passengers in the third seat row plus ISOFIX and TOP-Tether anchorages for suitable child seats. These can be used to attach up to four child seats in the rear.
Comfort details in the third row include two drinks holders between the seats as well as two stowage compartments with a rubberised insert on the left and right in the load compartment trim, each with a USB port. The seats can be lowered so that they are flush with the load compartment floor in order to extend the load compartment.