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Mercedes GLB is the new Subaru Forester

By the looks of it, this might be the only SUV Mercedes should be making. It reminds us of a luxury off-road Subaru Forester, without the boxer engine.

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Mercedes Benz revealed a new concept SUV called the Mercedes-Benz GLB. At first we thought an additional SUV is the last thing we need in the recent flood of crossover SUV’s. The concept GLB has the looks and judging by the images proper off-road tyres and ground clearance. The presented GLB concept is powered with a 224 horsepower 4-cylinder petrol engine. It is also boasting a 7 seat option, which makes it perfect for families.

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Positioning

Mercedes Benz GLB is going to be positioned between the new GLA and the refreshed GLC. They are all made on the same platform. The new GLB concept is much bigger than the direct competitor Audi Q3. The concept GLB is 15.1 feet long (4,6m) and 6.2 feet wide (1,89m). The wheelbase distance is set to be 9.2 feet long (2,8m).

Is it really gonna look like that?

According to Mercedes the GLB is going to look a lot like the concept car. Even though the concept had some extra showroom elements, like the roof-box and rooftop LED’s. These might be extra options once the car hits production.
The presented concept had 7 seats and the second row seats were horizontally movable. Both the second and third seat rows are completely foldable which creates a huge flat space in the back. This makes it perfect for either loading big things or car camping. The second and third seat rows will be able to hold 4 child seats.

Petrol, hybrid or electric?

As mentioned the concept GLB was introduced with a 224 hp 4-cylinder petrol engine. The GLB presented sported 4WD and a 8 speed automatic double clutch transmission. Mercedes says they will provide a plug in hybrid version and an electric EQB version in 2021. So there are going to be all three options.

Affordable baby G class

People and other automotive people have already started calling the new GLB the affordable “baby G class”. People are making these assumptions based on the rugged off-road looks and the characteristics the GLB concept presented. But remember, the GLB is still going to be made on the platform as the GLA and GLB which are by any means not extremely capable off-roaders, especially with front wheel drive.
Take this with some reserve, I think this is going to be just another soft roader with a bit higher ground clearance which will still provide people with some off-roading options. But in no situation we see this as a rival to the true off-roaders like the Subaru Forester, Suzuki Jimny and for sure not the G class.

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