Mercedes-Benz has revealed photos of its G-class-inspired small SUV, the Idea GLB, forward of its Shanghai debut.
Scheduled to enter manufacturing later this yr, the GLB contains a boxy off-road design and variable four-wheel drive that Mercedes hopes will work in unison to offer the automotive some G-class-style cachet. The GLB will function a rugged rival to the BMW X1 and Audi Q3.
The brand new SUV is described by Mercedes as providing class-leading ranges of versatility, and will probably be positioned between the upcoming second-generation GLA and the just lately facelifted GLC. The GLB follows the A-class hatchback and sedan, the China-only long-wheelbase A-class sedan, the B-class, the CLA, CLA Capturing Brake and the GLA to be the eighth mannequin that is based mostly on the agency’s MFA structure.
The Shanghai idea is claimed to supply a detailed preview of the manufacturing GLB, though a variety of styling parts have been added to the outside to offer it a extra rugged and upmarket look. Among the many idea automotive thrives are widened wheel arch cladding, reworked sills, further lights integrated into its glass roof and a cargo field nestled inside its roof rails.
At four,634mm in size and 1,890mm in width, the idea is a substantial 149mm longer and 34mm wider than the Q3. The wheelbase is 2,829mm – round 100mm longer than that of the A-class hatchback.
The Idea GLB has an opulent inside swathed in a mix of nappa and nubuck leathers, walnut trim and parts milled from strong aluminium. Predictably, the manufacturing model of the brand new SUV can be much less opulent, though the essential format will stay unchanged.
The dashboard options the identical configurable digital devices and infotainment panel as discovered within the GLB’s platform-sharing kinfolk. It additionally contains a uniquely styled centre console between the entrance seats. With the gear lever mounted on the steering column, the console accommodates a touchpad and a big bin housing a pair of cupholders.
In a transfer it claims will enchantment to household automotive consumers, who might have in any other case opted for an MPV, Mercedes-Benz has developed the GLB with a five-seat format and an non-compulsory seven-seat format. Within the idea, the second row of seats might be slid by 140mm to unlock legroom for occupants within the third row. The second-row backrests additionally supply eight-stage inclination; they cut up in a 40:20:40 configuration and might be folded all the way down to create a stage load bay, with the third row sitting flush to the ground.
Hinting on the high engine deliberate to be supplied in the usual GLB line-up, the Idea GLB receives an M264 2.Zero-litre, four-cylinder, turbocharged petrol engine. It develops 224hp and 350Nm and is about to energy the preliminary range-topping GLB 250. Different engines, together with diesels, can be accessible when gross sales start and can embody a stronger model of the M264 producing 306hp and 400Nm that’ll energy the AMG-badged GLB 35. Drive is shipped by means of an Eight-speed dual-clutch automated gearbox and a multi-plate clutch 4Matic four-wheel-drive system that includes Normal, Eco/Consolation and Sport drive modes.
Like we’d advised you earlier, the Mercedes GLB’s India launch will happen within the time to return. The GLB in our market is prone to get Mercedes’ 2.Zero-litre diesel engine, presumably the OM654, anticipated to be accessible in 150hp and 190hp states of tune. Mercedes-Benz may additionally take a look at bringing in a plug-in hybrid variant, the GLB 220e, which is able to seemingly have a 65-70km electric-only vary. Costs in India are prone to begin at Rs 40 lakh, which is able to see it instantly tackle the Volvo XC40, Audi Q3 and BMW X1.