Mercedes bridges the gap between the GLA and the GLC with the Mercedes GLB, the eighth component of the increasingly large family SUV of the House of Stuttgart, which will debut on sale at the end of the year. The GLB falls within the segment of medium-sized, with a length of 4.63 metres, but the generous wheelbase of 2 meters and 83 can ensure space on board for up to 7 passengers.
The design fits in the sign of tradition fuoristradistica of Mercedes, with square lines, a rush of short, front vertical, and a fair height from the ground, refined, but with touches that brighten the look as the performance of the belt line shows one “step” to fit the rear pillar.
Intelligent solution that sees the goalie go down up to the line of the underbody, so as to avoid soiling whoever gets the edge in the rainy days or after a bet on a dirt road.
On the bridge overlooking the large digital screen which includes the instrumentation and the functions of the infotainment system MBUX, while the climate control system controls are aligned under the bocchetti-central led-lit. Below them there is a generous tunnel with storage compartment with locking gate, while the on-board functions such as the navigation can be set via a touch pad with a beautiful poggiapolso.
The new Mercedes GLB promises a great roominess and versatility to the request, the second-row seat slides in the longitudinal direction of 14 cm, while the inclination of the backrest is adjustable and is already standard on most positions. You will receive up to 179 litres more capacity than a trunk whose volume can vary from 560 to 1.755 litre. As mentioned, it is possible to request to have a third row of seats, on which, warns the German House, can take passenger seat of a body height not exceeding 1.68 metres.
On the front axle of the GLB are suspensions of the McPherson type, while the rear is mounted an axle multilink with coil springs. Are available on request to the active suspension, that allows the driver to switch from one calibration more comfortable in a setting more sporty.
Models with all-wheel drive 4MATIC feature of the package, Off-road , which in combination with the led headlights includes a special illumination feature for better recognition of obstacles in night driving off-road. There are three available maps for the traction control: “Eco/Comfort”, “Sport”, and optionally “Offroad” that distributes the torque to 50% between the two axes.
Among the petrol engines, the base model is represented by’1,33 liters of cubic capacity of the GLB 200, a four-cylinder, 163 HP and 250 Nm mated to a gearbox double clutch 7-speed. The traction in this case is the front. The alternative to gasoline is the GLB 250 4MATIC 2-liter 224 HP.
Even the engines with a diesel, all matched to the exchange 8G-DCT offer the choice between front-wheel and integral with the GLB 200d 2-liter 150 HP, while the GLB 220d from 190 HP is available only with all-wheel drive. All the Diesel versions of the Mercedes GLB have an average fuel consumption between 4.9 and 5.5 l/100 km depending on the version.