The upcoming 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB is the newest small crossover in the company’s lineup. New GLB is larger the smallest GLA and smaller than the GLC model. It rides on the new architecture that supports A-Class and B-Class models. Visually, GLB looks very close to the concept. Unlike its GLC and GLA siblings, GLB will deliver boxier shape.
On the other hand, styling looks more modern. The angular approach is working wonders for the German automaker. This crossover looks premium, especially from the inside. Under the bonnet, the 2020 GLB will offer numerous engine choices. However, to this moment the AMG variant is just a speculation.
GLB Is Taller and Boxier Than its Siblings
The all-new crossover is based on the Ener G-Force concept. Logically, the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB won’t look exactly the same as the concept. However, it is a similar design and most of the features made the production. Some parts are completely new and no way near the concept. GLB looks less radical and it looks boxier than the GLA and GLC models.
Mercedes’ design language is easy to spot. However, the styling is more futuristic. Front part comes with integrated fog lamps and silver accents. Grille with the horizontal slats looks quite astonishing. Two-Piece taillights are also looking modern and beautiful. Rear bumper provides a somewhat cleaner look and it certainly looks unique.
Vertical tailgate looks innovating. To the sides, this crossover comes with various wheels options. The 2020 GLB will also deliver some off-road equipment. It includes a higher ride height, off-road tires, and off-road lighting.
2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB Dimensions
The upcoming 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB will slot between the GLA and GLC models. Dimensionally, GLB is almost as big as the GLC and it is taller. Dimensions are very similar, however, GLB is taller than its two siblings. Mercedes GLB is 182 inches long which is 8 inches longer than the smallest GLA.
This crossover is 74 inches wide. The largest GLC’s width is rated at 74.4 inches. The 2020 GLB is 75 inches tall. That is a significant change from Mercedes. Just to compare, GLA is 58.8 inches tall and GLC 64.5 inches.
As for the interior, the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB will be very premium. Most of the stuff are borrowed from the existing Mercedes’ models. GLB’s interior looks similar to the original concept. The dash sports aluminum inserts and it looks modern. Center stack will host new infotainment display. The instrument cluster is almost the same as on the B-Class models. On the other hand, the center stack looks closer to the A-Class.
Mercedes will provide plenty of stuff that we already saw on the concept. However, some features won’t be in the offer. That includes new aluminum buttons and Nubuk leather upholstery. Also, the honeycomb pattern is not available, unfortunately. There will be three rows of seats and a room for seven passengers. Comfort is astonishing and the interior room is generous.
Different Market, Different Engine
The compact crossover will offer various engine options. A 2.0-liter four-cylinder comes as standard. This engine comes with a turbocharger and it delivers 221 horses and 258 lb-ft of torque. On top of that, this engine is certain for the North American markets. It comes with 8-speed automatic transmission. A 4Matic AWD system comes as standard.
In Europe, GLB will come with a 1.4-liter four-cylinder drivetrain. This unit is producing up to 163 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque. Interestingly, Mercedes will offer a 7-speed automatic gearbox with this one. A 1.5-liter four-cylinder is just a speculation for now. If it arrives, this diesel engine will offer 116 horsepower and 192 lb-ft of twist. Latest reports are strongly suggesting the high-performance AMG variant. However, it is unlikely for AMG to arrive before 2020.
Mercedes-Benz GLB Price and Release Date
The price of the company’s newest compact crossover will start at $37,500. The 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB will slot between the GLA and GLC models. Not only in terms of dimensions but also in terms of pricing. GLB will compete against established Audi Q2 and new BMW X2 models.