The 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB Class has been previewed and teased, but finally it is official. Earlier today the German luxury brand pulled the cover off the GLB250, the sole model for the U.S. market when it goes on sale at the end of this year.
Given there was a GLB Concept just a few months ago, there’s not a lot of surprises here. The exterior design is nearly identical to the concept, with a few minor changes to tone down the show-car pizzaz. In general, the GLB is a cross between the GLC Class and G Class; basically the theorized offspring of the two elders.
Speaking of the GLC, the GLB is one and a half inches shorter both in wheelbase and length versus the GLC. Despite its smaller stature, the GLB will offer an optional third-row seat for seating up to seven. Cargo capacity for the two-row model is coming in at 20 and 62 cubic feet with the seat up and down, respectively. Mercedes has not disclosed cargo capacities for the three-row variant.
The new GLB is based on Mercedes MFA architecture, which is underpinning the all-new A Class and CLA Class. With that said, the interior design of the GLB also comes as little surprise. There’s a duo of huge display screens housing Mercedes MBUX infotainment system, circular vents and plenty of ambient lighting; all bummed from the other MFA cars. Designers did sprinkle in a bit of G Class inside by way of an aluminum grab handle across the passenger portion of the dash panel.
For now all GLB’s will be powered by Mercedes’ turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four. In this application the engine will generate 221 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. Said torque will flow through an eight-speed automatic to the front or all four wheels. All-wheel-drive models will send 80 percent of the torque to the front axle by default, but drivers can adjust through the drive controller all the way to a 50/50 split for off-roading.
While most details of the 2020 GLB Class are now known, Mercedes is still mum on pricing and fuel economy. Expect those details later in the year, closer to launch.