The German luxury carmaker is reinforcing its lineup. Of course, we are talking about another crossover, as these kinds of vehicles are in the spotlight these days. This is a completely new model, which was previewed by the GLB concept last year. The production version is now ready. As you can see, it sticks close to the concept version, although there are several distinctive details as well. In any case, the new 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB is a real refreshment in the company’s lineup. We are finally seeing something that’s not just a regular crossover, but brings a big of SUV-ish flavor as well. The new model promises decent off-road performances.
If you look at the Mercedes’ lineup, you can easily conclude that the new SUV will be slotted between GLA and GLC models, at least in terms of the price. On the other side, the design approach is a little bit different.
2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB Redesign
The 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB is a brand-new model. Therefore, it seems logical that we can see a lot of new design solutions. The first thing that you’ll notice is the styling, which is quite distinctive. On the other side, the platform is kinda familiar. It is a new architecture, that the German manufacturer already uses for the new A- and B-Class models. As we already mentioned, the new 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB sits between GLA and GLC models. In terms of the size, it is much closer to the bigger GLC, as it features just two-inch shorter wheelbase.
The overall length is also similar, just slightly smaller. On the other side, the new SUV measures around 10.5 inches more in height. With full 75 inches, it clearly shows its SUV-ich character. Benefits from such design are obvious, especially in terms of headroom and overall cabin comfort.
As we already mentioned, the styling is the most distinctive part of the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB. Compared to the rest of the company’s range, this one comes with a much boxier appearance. There is a lot of G-Class influence on this model, especially in terms of the overall shape. Of course, everything is suited to a much modern manner, so you can easily note that the front face has a lot in common with the company’s new design language, despite sharp edges.
The 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB has a lot in common with the last-year concept, though we wish it has bigger wheels and tires, which would make it more capable off the road. We presume that the company would offer some performance version with such features in the future. As we already mentioned, there is a lot of sharp angles, while the cabin is very high, much higher compared to other crossovers in the lineup.
While the exterior might feature a lot of distinctive design solutions, that’s definitely not the case with the interior design. Inside the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB, you will find a lot of familiar shapes, directly borrowed from the B-Class and other models from the lineup. Digital instrument cluster, recognizable air vents and other familiar details are here, but the new model comes with one huge difference.
As we already mentioned, it is much higher you would expect from a modern crossover, so there is plenty of headroom. Moreover, such a design approach would also mean a very spacious cargo area for the class. This is where we expect the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB to be an absolute class leader. Also, we count on a full load of standard equipment, which will include lots of latest tech features and advanced safety systems.
2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB Engine
When it comes to the powertrain, the initial version in North America will come with just one engine in the offer. It is a familiar 2.0-liter turbo-four, which delivers around 221 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. Of course, it will come with the company’s new 8-speed dual-clutch transmission. Soon after, we expect to see a hi-performance version in the offer, under the famous AMG badge.
On the other side, European models will come with diesel engines in the offer as well. We count on a familiar 2.0-liter turbodiesel, which comes in two output variants, with either 150 or 180 horsepower. Moreover, European models could easily get another gasoline engine in the offer. It is a new 1.3-liter turbo-four, which delivers 163 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. This one would come with a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB Release Date and Price
If we can rely on the latest reports, the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB could arrive sometime in the third quarter of the year. At this moment, we are still waiting to hear something from the officials. When it comes to the price, base models should go somewhere between 35.000 and 40.000 dollars.