Mercedes’ smallest seven-seater will debut Monday.
There’s a new crossover in town as of Monday. This is the new Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class, and the company teased its arrival on social media. For those of you keen on Mercedes’ naming scheme, this crossover fits snugly between the GLA-Class and GLC-Class. But here’s the kicker: It seats more people than the GLC.
Unlike the GLC-Class, Mercedes will offer the GLB with a three-row option. So it can seat seven, although things may be a bit tight in the back. The company does say this is the “first compact SUV that can function as a spacious family car” — a bold claim — but we imagine those two rear seats will only be suitable for children.
The concept GLB first debuted at the 2019 Shanghai Auto Show, so we already have a pretty decent idea what the car will look like. From the front, there will be a signature Mercedes grille flanked by two large square headlights. Around the back, its conventional SUV shape will be punctuated by two thin LED taillights.
All in all, it will look fairly familiar to the rest of its family tree. Which powertrains this car will have is a mystery at the moment, but we expect a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder will at least be a base engine. Down the road, AMG variants will almost definitely come out of the woodwork, each with more powerful engine choices.
Although the concept looks leaps and bounds more earthy and rugged, the GLB will have standard Mercedes fare. That means at least one 10.25-inch infotainment display. An equally-sized digital instrument cluster may be available as an option. The car will have the MBUX system, which is certainly leaps and bounds ahead of the old COMAND system.
No word on when it will be available or what it will cost just yet. We should know more on Monday, June 10, when this crossover will reveal itself in Utah. Stay tuned for more updates!