It’s been a long time coming, but Mercedes-Benz will soon introduce the new GLB in the United States, specifically in the state of Utah. Billed as the “first compact SUV that can function as a spacious family car at the same time,” the GLB is the German carmaker’s first foray into such a segment, and will be optionally available as a seven-seater.
The teaser video does feature the car in two colours without any camouflage, although it’s difficult to spot the details given the zoom. Thankfully, previous spyshots and the Concept GLB provide us with a better idea of what to expect.
Referring to development vehicles, the design of the GLB is reminiscent of a downsized GLS, and features large headlamps at the front, with slimmer lighting units at the back. No official dimensions have been provided yet, but the Concept GLB measures 4,634 mm long, 1,890 mm wide, 1,900 mm tall (including the roof box) and features a 2,829 mm wheelbase.
By comparison, the GLA is 4,417 mm long, 1,804 mm wide, 1,494 mm tall, and has a 2,699 mm wheelbase. Curiously, the GLC (4,656 mm length, 1,890 mm width, 1,638 mm height, 2,873 mm wheelbase) isn’t that far off, although that is strictly a five-seat SUV.
As for the interior, the GLB will follow in the footsteps of other compact models in the Mercedes-Benz line-up like the A-Class and B-Class. A widescreen cockpit, triple air vents in the centre and the Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX) interface will all be present.
The GLB should get the usual mix of petrol and diesel engines, with high-performance options also likely for possible GLB 35 and GLB 45 models. A fully electric version is also rumoured given the sighting of a previous test mule, which will likely be parked under the EQ banner as the EQB. We’ll only know the full story in a few hours when the GLB makes its debut.
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