Mercedes-Benz has revealed a new small crossover that slots into the line-up between the GLA coupe-crossover and the GLC SUV.
Just 22mm shorter than the GLC’s length, but 56mm narrower and 19mm taller, the new model is a squarer, more traditional off-road design, and that reflects in a boot space that is larger than the GLC big brother at 560 litres, which also outpoints larger models such as the BMW X3 and Audi X5 SUVs.
That off-roader styling is emphasised by short front and rear overhangs, and the new model, which arrives on UK roads in the final quarter of this year, will come in front- or 4Matic all-wheel drive form. Though not all engines have been confirmed for the UK, early indications are that emissions will start from 129g/km for the entry diesel – the 150hp GLB 200d – while the line-up will also include the 190hp 220d and 163hp and 224hp petrol engines known as GLB 200 and GLB 250. All come with an automatic gearbox, and the higher-powered diesel only comes with four-wheel drive, while the GLB 200d is the only one with front- or four-wheel drive alternatives, the latter adding at least 6g/km.
The four-wheel drive models also come with a new off-road light function for the LED headlamps, with the cornering lamps staying illuminated at up to 30mph to help spot hazards when in tricky terrain at night.
The car features Mercedes’ new extended cockpit displays, most likely as an option but still to be confirmed, though definitely on the options list is driver assistance systems able to ‘look’ 500 metres ahead of the car and control the vehicle in certain situations by, for example, slowing the car for corners, crossroads or roundabouts using navigation data.
The GLB completes, and is positioned at the head of Mercedes’ small car family, which also includes the CCT100 Car of the Year A-Class hatch and saloon, new B-Class, the CLA baby crossover and the new CLA coupe and Shooting Brake pairing.