The new seven-seater Mercedes-Benz GLB compact SUV is set to arrive in Australia.
The first compact vehicle from Merc to offer a third row, the GLB has a wheelbase of 2829 millimetres, just 100 mm longer than the Mercedes-Benz B-Class, yet the company claims some best-in-class headroom and loading space, when second and third rows are stowed, of 1755 litres.
The two additional individual seats of the third row offer a comfortable position for passengers up to 1.68 metres tall. The seats are also fitted with safety equipment including retractable head restraints, seat belts with belt tensioners, a side window airbag, plus ISOFIX and TOP-Tether anchorages for suitable child seats. A total of four ISOFIX points are offered in the rear two rows.
Passengers in the third row are also served by two drinks holders between the seats, as well as two outboard stowage compartments, each fitted with a USB port.
Mercedes-Benz GLB 200
The GLB 200 is powered by a 1.3-litre, direct-injection turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine sending 120 kW and 250 Nm via a 7G-DCT seven-speed automatic transmission to the front wheels.
Equipment includes the MBUX multimedia system with a widescreen cockpit featuring side-by-side 10.25-inch digital screens. Other key features include the KEYLESS-GO entry and start system with electric tailgate, automatic climate control, smartphone integration via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto plus wireless phone charging for compatible devices, advanced satellite navigation, leather multi-function steering wheel with shift buttons, reversing camera, 19-inch Multi-Spoke alloy wheels and aluminium roof rails.
Standard safety features include Active Parking Assist with PARKTRONIC, Adaptive High Beam Assist, Blind Spot Assist, Traffic Sign Assist, Active Lane Keep Assist, Active Brake Assist with semi-autonomous braking, and nine airbags.
Mercedes-Benz GLB 250 4MATIC
The GLB 250 4MATIC utilises a 2.0-litre, directed-injected and turbocharged petrol engine with an output of 165 kW and 350 Nm via an 8G-DCT eight-speed auto, sending power via the 4MATIC all-wheel-drive system.
In addition to the specification of the GLB 200 model, the GLB 250 4MATIC adds a panoramic sunroof, electric and heated front seats with memory function, adjustable damping suspension, a Sports Direct-Steer System, 19-inch wheels with a 5 Twin-Spoke design, and an off-road engineering package. 4MATIC models are also equipped with an off-road light function.
Mercedes-AMG GLB 35 4MATIC
The Mercedes-AMG GLB 35 4MATIC gets an AMG-tuned 2.0-litre, four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine outputting 225 kW and 400 Nm in conjunction with an AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT eight-speed auto (with AMG Dynamic Select) via 4MATIC all-wheel-drive. AMG performance-focused features include an AMG exhaust system (with silent start), an AMG high-performance braking system, AMG speed-sensitive power steering and AMG RIDE CONTROL Sports Suspension with electronically controlled damping.
Other exclusive features include an AMG Performance steering wheel fitted with an AMG DRIVE UNIT controller for quick changes between drive modes, Comfort Sport Seats in Lugano leather, AMG specific bodywork, AMG Night Package exterior trim features, dark-tinted privacy glass from the B-pillar to the rear, AMG-specific body styling and lettering, plus 20-inch 5-Twin-Spoke alloy wheels.
All models in the GLB range can be registered with Mercedes me Connect, the app that can control numerous vehicle functions and features from a compatible smartphone.
The GLB 200 is priced at $59,900 (MRLP) while the GLB 250 4MATIC is priced at $73,900 (MRLP). The Mercedes-AMG GLB 35 4 MATIC will be priced at $88,900 (MRLP) when it arrives in Australia later this year.