Although it has lost many of the robust design features of the concept version, the GLB retains a square, angular style inspired by the larger G-Class, which includes short overhangs at the front and rear, and a new headlamp design. LED multibeam headlights and LEDs for the lights are available as options.
Inside, the GLB receives a uniquely styled dashboard with a lower elementtubular aluminum look. It features Mercedes-Benzs panoramic cockpit, which consists of a single digital panel that houses the instruments and infotainment functions. It is controlled by the latest version of the MBUX interface.
Mercedes-Benz claims the best free height in the front seats of its class of 1035mm and 967mm of rear legroom when it is in the form of five seats.
The five-seat version has 560 litres of boot space, 140 more than the Q5 and 55 larger than the X1, which can be extended to 1755 litres with the second row of seats folded 40:20:40.
In the shape of seven seats, with two additional seats that can be folded into the boot floor, the GLB has an easy entry function.
The range will initially consist of four models, with all but the high-end diesel offered with front-wheel drive as standard. Buyers will be able to choose between two four-cylinder petrol engines and a single four-cylinder diesel in two different tuning states.
Gasoline models include the GLB200, which runs on a 1.3-liter turbocharged unit with 161 bhp and 184 lbp, and the GLB250, with a 2.0-liter turbocharged 218 bhp and 258 lbp engine. Engine emissions range from 137 to 169 g/km CO2, with fuel economy ranging from 38 to 47 mpg.
The 2.0-liter four-cylinder diesel engine is offered with 148 bhp and 236lb ft on the GLB200d, and 187 bhp and 295lb ft on the GLB220d 4Matic. Diesel engines have emissions ranging from 137 to 169 g/km of CO2, and fuel economy from 51.3 to 57.6 mpg.
The all-wheel-drive 4Matic GLB220d is available with an optional all-terrain engineering package, including LED multibeam headlights, hill assist and an additional all-terrain driving mode, including a special information and entertainment display showing the gradient, tilt angle and technical adjustments.
A seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox is standard on the GLB200, while the GLB250, GLB200d and GLB220d 4Matic use an eight-speed gearbox.