Mercedes-Benz has introduced the brand-new, three-row GLB luxury SUV in India. Prices for the base petrol 200 variation start at Rs 63.8 lakh and rise to Rs 69.8 lakh for the top-spec diesel 220d 4Matic variant (ex-showroom, India). The GLB, Mercedes’ second 7-seater SUV in India after the GLS, is imported from Mexico in its entirety. There are three available varieties of the recently released Mercedes-Benz GLB, each with a different price. Following the GLS as the company’s second seven-seater model in India, the new Mercedes-Benz GLB is offered as a CBU.
- GLB offers alternatives for petrol and diesel engines.
- Based on the MFA2 platform, similar to the EQB,
- Offered in the Progressive Line and AMG Line trim levels
Progressive Line GLB 200 Rs 63.8 lakh
Progressive Line GLB 220 Rs 66.8 lakh
GLB 220 4Matic AMG Line 69.8 lakh rupees
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Mercedes-Benz GLB exterior styling
Given that it resembles a smaller GLS, the GLB has a very recognizable Mercedes SUV design. The upright nose, the long, flat bonnet and roofline, the squarish headlamps, the D-pillar, the squared wheel arches, and even the segmented rear taillamps are all quite reminiscent of the GLS. Additionally, the proportions are perfect. However, it develops a distinctive kink close to the C-pillar that elevates the shoulder line at the back.
The GLB is available in two trim levels: AMG Line and Progressive Line. These two levels also have different aesthetics. A dual-slat grille, a faux silver skid plate, external chrome trim, and 18-inch alloy wheels are included with the Progressive Line grade. The 19-inch AMG twin five-spoke alloy wheels, single-slat AMG-themed grille, and sharper-looking bumper are included in the AMG Line package.
Mercedes Benz GLB: features and interior
The GLB substantially imitates its GLA-related younger sibling on the inside as well. The twin 10.25-inch touchscreens and meter panel, the stack of HVAC controls below, the turbine-like AC vents that twist to close, and even the touchpad on the center console are all parts of the dashboard’s well-known arrangement. The GLA-like features include the sloping dashboard, the door pads, and even the seats. In addition, the steering wheel is of a very high caliber and elegantly combines leather, chrome, and knurled buttons.
The GLB’s interior is most notable for its seven-seat layout. Although the third row’s capacity isn’t the largest, it definitely improves practicality. The second-row seats may also relocate and have their reclines altered to provide the third-row occupants extra space.
The latest MBUX infotainment system with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support, the ‘Hey Mercedes’ voice prompt, a wireless charger, built-in navigation, powered front seats with memory, 64-color ambient lighting, a large panoramic sunroof, a powered tailgate, parking assist are just a few of the features the GLB has to offer.
The 220d 4Matic variant also includes a steering wheel with AMG specifications, sports seats, and door pads that resemble carbon fiber.
The new GLB has a typical Mercedes appearance in terms of design; it resembles the GLS on a smaller scale. The GLB has squared-off wheel arches, a large, squarish headlight, a flat bonnet, and a roof line. Its taillights are identical to those on the GLS.
Numerous USB-C charging outlets, active brake assist, multiple USB-C charging ports, a wireless charger for your devices, and a panoramic sunroof are among the other amenities. The third row of seats may be folded down to increase the boot’s capacity, which is now 130 liters, to 500 liters.
Powertrain possibilities for the Mercedes-Benz GLB
One petrol car and one diesel engine are available for the GLB. The petrol engine is a 1.3-liter, four-cylinder turbocharged unit that generates 163 horsepower and 250 Nm. It is coupled to a 7-speed automated transmission that solely drives the front wheels. The A-Class sedan uses the same engine.
A 2.0-liter four-cylinder oil burner with 190 horsepower and a maximum torque of 400 Nm powers the engine. Although 4Matic AWD can be ordered as an option, front-wheel drive is available as a standard option. It is paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission.
The Mercedes-Benz GLB 220d accelerates from 0 to 100 kilometers per hour in 7.7 seconds, while the all-wheel-drive (AWD) or GLB 220d 4Matic trim accelerates from 0 to 100 kilometers per hour in 7.6 seconds. Similar to the GLA 200, the Mercedes-Benz GLB 200 is equipped with a 1.3-liter (1332 cc), four-cylinder petrol engine. It has the same eight-speed automatic transmission and produces 161 horsepower and 250 Nm of peak torque. In 9.1 seconds, the gasoline version reaches triple-digit speeds. In addition, the Mercedes-Benz GLB has a slightly shorter wheelbase (2,829 mm) than the GLC (2,873 mm).
Competitors of the Mercedes-Benz GLB
The Mercedes GLB doesn’t have a direct alternative in India as a budget 7-seater SUV. However, considering its price, it will be up against rivals like the Audi Q7 and Land Rover Discovery Sport.