Mercedes-Benz has officially launched the GLB-Class in Singapore.
This sports utility vehicle (SUV) is Mercedes’ most compact seven-seater model to date, and is aimed at families seeking a premium SUV with technology, space and versatility.
The GLB is currently available in GLB200 Progressive and GLB200 AMG Line variants. There’s also a more powerful Mercedes-AMG GLB35 4Matic for those seeking more sportiness.
Prices start from $182,888.
BOXY MEANS SPACIOUS
Unlike many SUVs that have “coupe-like” styling, the Mercedes-Benz GLB stands out for its upright and boxy design. The squarish elements are even reflected in the headlights and tail-lights.
The GLB’s boxy shape means there’s more headroom inside, with up to 1069mm available for the front passengers.
To accommodate three rows of seats, the GLB’s wheelbase measures 2829mm, or 100mm longer than that of the current B-Class model. Mercedes claims that passengers up to 1.68m tall will have a “comfortable amount of space”.
Said occupants are also provided with a pair of cup holders, along with USB ports.
For functionality and versatility, the five individual rear seats can be configured in a variety of ways to suit the passenger/cargo carrying needs.
With all seats deployed, there is 150 litres of boot space. In five-seater mode, this expands to 700 litres. Fold down all five seats and a total of 1680 litres is available.
Like its other siblings, the Mercedes-Benz GLB is also equipped with Mercedes-Benz User Experience or MBUX.
A pair of high-resolution 10.25-inch screens function as the driver’s instrument cluster and infotainment display/interface.
Apart from being equipped with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, MBUX also comes with the brand’s voice assistant, which is activated by saying “Hey Mercedes”.
Numerous optional driving assistance functions are also available. These include Active Steer Assist, Active Distance Assist and Active Brake Assist.
A SPORTIER ALTERNATIVE
For keener drivers, the Mercedes-AMG GLB35 4Matic is also available.
Compared to the front-wheel-drive GLB200, which has a turbocharged 1.3-litre with 163hp and 250Nm, the GLB35 4Matic delivers 306hp and 400Nm.
The latter also has an 8-speed dual-clutch gearbox (it’s a 7-speed dual-clutch for the GLB200) helping it hit the century mark in 5.2 seconds, or 3.9 seconds quicker than the GLB200.
For enhanced roadholding and traction, the GLB35 also comes with 4Matic, Mercedes’ all-wheel-drive system. It has fully variable torque split, helping the SUV adapt to various surfaces and conditions.
PRICE AND AVAILABILITY
The Mercedes-Benz GLB is now at official agent Cycle & Carriage Industries.
It comes in GLB200 Progressive, GLB200 AMG Line and Mercedes-AMG GLB35 4Matic variants, with prices currently starting from $182,888.
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