First Drive: 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB Price at $36.600

Mercedes-Benz GLB

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 meters 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.

Mercedes-Benz GLB

The GLB will initially be available in two trims, the GLB 250 and GLB 250 4Matic. Both house a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine making 221 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque, paired with an all-new eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. The all-wheel-drive 4Matic trim comes standard with an off-road package that includes additional drive settings designed to deliver better traction when the pavement runs out. The GLB isn’t intended to tackle challenging off-road terrain, but features such as hill start assistance and downhill speed regulation should make light exploration a breeze.

Interiors are seen with features that would also be seen in a regular Mercedes Benz. These include three rounded central vents, a widescreen cockpit and infotainment via an MBUX multimedia system and a 7” digital instrument cluster along with a 7” touchscreen display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. There is also a long list of safety features present on the 2020 Mercedes Benz GLC with powered driver and passenger seats, keyless entry, a rearview camera, dual-zone climate control, white 912 led bulb fog lamps, cruise control and a power liftgate. It also gets active brake assist, adaptive braking, hill start assist, crosswind assist and Mercedes’ ATTENTION ASSIST system.

Mercedes-Benz GLB

The interiors of the SUV follow the same design language as other Mercs with round AC vents and a 7.0-inch instrument cluster along with a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment display. Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX) interface with voice control and various other features comes as standard too. Other optional features include parking assist, Burmester surrounds sound system, head-up display and others. As for the third row of seats, Mercedes is claiming that these can seat two medium-sized adults comfortably. Mercedes also says that it has made ingress into the third row easier with the EasyEntry system, which folds the second-row seats forward at the pull of a lever.

Mercedes-Benz on Monday unveiled the production-spec of the 2020 GLB-Class. It ditches the off-road ruggedness of its conceptual forebear, but make no mistake, the automaker still says it’s plenty ready for the dirt, even without its fender flares and blocky all-terrain tires. In production guise, it appears to be a compact luxury crossover with a lot of interior space and all the trimmings we’ve come to expect from a Mercedes-Benz at this juncture.

Mercedes-Benz GLB

The new Mercedes-Benz GLB slots between the GLA and GLC SUVs and rides on the company’s compact car platform that also underpins the A-Class, CLA Coupe, and GLA SUV. However, Mercedes-Benz opted to stretch the overall dimensions—the GLB is 5.1-inches longer than its GLA sibling—to offer customers an optional third-row layout. With seating for up to seven, the new GLB aims to pull customers looking for luxury and space for a burgeoning family as the rear seats all have ISOFIX anchors for child car seats.

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