Mercedes-Benz has revealed its latest entrant in the competitive luxury compact crossover SUV segment, the 2020 GLB-Class. The Mercedes Benz GLB-Class has been purposefully built to carry up to seven occupants and it slots right above the GLA-Class in the marque’s extensive line-up. It is built on the brand’s MFA platform, something that the Mercedes GLB SUV shares with the smaller A-Class.

With the introduction of the 2020 GLB-Class, Mercedes-Benz now has eight models in its compact car family. This family of vehicles have tasted strong sales all over the world, as the company points out, “In 2018, over 609,000 customers all over the world were able to take delivery of a compact model. Since the A-Class was launched in 1997, over 6.5 million vehicles from this segment have been sold worldwide by Mercedes-Benz. One in three Mercedes-Benz cars is now an SUV, and one in four a compact model. A Mercedes Compact SUV like the GLB therefore combines all the success factors of the company’s highest-volume segments.”

One in three Mercedes-Benz cars is now an SUV, and one in four a compact model. A compact SUV like the GLB therefore combines all the success factors of the company's highest-volume segments.

"Its iconic design lends the Mercedes-Benz GLB an unmistakable SUV character. The clear forms with reduced lines and powerful surfaces conveys our design philosophy of Sensual Purity," says Gorden Wagener, Chief Design Officer at Daimler AG.

The GLB will prove to be an extremely important model for the company, as it also holds the distinction of being the first compact vehicle from the luxury brand to offer third row of seats. While the GLA-Class and GLC-Class are well-liked and successful models in their own right, the versatility of seating seven people will bode well for the GLB-Class. According to Mercedes-Benz, the two last-row seats have been specifically designed to be able to accommodate people who are up to 1.68 metres tall. In terms of its exterior dimensions, the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB measures in at 4,634mm in length, 1,834mm in width, and 1,658mm in height. The GLB’s 2,829 millimetres of wheelbase is appreciably more than that of the GLA, and is 100mm more than that found in the B-Class.

While the new Mercedes GLB SUV is more family-oriented in its purpose, the German automaker is equally proud of its design. The robust yet modern design of the GLB, with its upright front section, muscular and sensuously contoured side profile, all-round protective claddings and skid plates emphasise its off-road intentions quite well. “Its iconic design lends the Mercedes-Benz GLB an unmistakable SUV character. The clear forms with reduced lines and powerful surfaces conveys our design philosophy of Sensual Purity”, says Gorden Wagener, Chief Design Officer at Daimler AG.

The GLB will prove to be an extremely important model for the company, as it also holds the distinction of being the first compact vehicle from the luxury brand to offer third row of seats.

The interior design of the Mercedes Benz 2020 is typical of modern Mercedes-Benz cars – it is well-built, upscale, elegant and tasteful in its execution. The tech-laden cabin of the new Mercedes GLB SUV features the MBUX (Mercedes-Benz User Experience) system which utilises two, high-definition 10.25-inch displays. Meanwhile, the touch-infotainment system supports Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, navigation with augmented reality, voice command, and can be optioned with a Burmester surround-sound system. Apart from the usual load of airbags and essential electronic nannies, the Mercedes-Benz GLB SUV’s comprehensive list of safety features also includes Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC, Active Steering Assist, Active Lane Change Assist, Active Parking Assist with PARKTRONIC, and Downhill Speed Regulation (DSR).

When it arrives in the Middle East, one of the variants of the Mercedes Benz 2020 will likely be the GLB 250 4MATIC. It draws power from a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine, which develops 221hp and 350Nm of torque. This motor comes mated to an 8G-DCT gearbox and in the case of the 250 4MATIC, drives all four wheels. Mercedes-Benz claims a combined fuel consumption figure of between 7.2 to 7.4 L/100 km for the GLB 250. As for performance, the 4MATIC variant can get from 0 to 100 km/h in 6.9 seconds, whilst top speed is pegged at 236 km/h.