The new Mercedes-Benz GLB small SUV has become even more appealing to consumers with several improvements and expanded standard equipment. The revised front bumper with visible underbody protection hints at the vehicle’s off-road heritage. This effect is reinforced by the SUV radiator grille, which has four horizontal louvers and a center star.
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The new Mercedes-Benz GLB improvements at a glance
The athletic shoulder design, along with coherently rendered side graphics, provides a fascinating interplay of light and shadow, as well as a visually emphasized rear end. The look is enhanced with new eye-catching full-LED headlights and rear lights, as well as four new wheel types and a new Spectral Blue Metallic paint color.
The new GLB comes standard with 17-inch five-spoke alloy wheels in high-gloss black with high-gloss turned surfaces. The GLB, on the other hand, may be ordered with wheels ranging from 18 to 20 inches in diameter.
The freestanding split screen is one of the features of the greatly improved interior. A 7-inch and a 10.25-inch monitor are standard for the instrument cluster and multimedia screens, respectively, with two 10.25-inch widescreen displays available as an option. The circular air vents in turbine design are sporty and elegant, and they contrast with the straight-lined, off-road-typical interior pieces in aluminum.
The current generation’s steering wheel is basic leather, with ARTICO man-made leather available on request. A heated steering wheel rim is also offered for the first time on the AMG Line.
Even more electric vehicle possibilities
In Europe, the new GLB is offered with four petrol and four diesel engine choices. The four-cylinder units come equipped with a seven- or eight-speed DCT dual-clutch gearbox. The two most powerful petrol engines come equipped with variable 4MATIC all-wheel drive.
All fuel units are electrified to minimize consumption and pollutants. These mild hybrids have an extra 48-volt electrical system for the belt-driven starting generator. Its 10 kW of temporarily accessible extra power facilitates agile beginning and is utilized for quicker acceleration through boost.
The starter-generator further improves comfort by allowing coasting with the combustion engine turned off, in addition to low-vibration and low-noise engine starting. Moreover, it recuperates during braking and acceleration, supplying electrical energy to the 12-volt onboard network and the 48-volt battery.
The 2.0-liter four-cylinder diesel engine has smooth running, better power delivery, and modern economy. It comes in three power and torque levels ranging from 85 kW (280 Nm) to 140 kW (400 Nm), with single-stage turbocharging and variable turbine shape. The lightweight aluminum cylinder head and crankcase are used. Mercedes-NANOSLIDE® Benz’s coating decreases friction between the cylinder wall and the steel piston, lowering consumption and pollutants.
Simplified packages logic with a wide range of standard equipment
The new GLB has standard comfort seats upholstered in ARTICO man-made leather and black fabric with three-dimensional embossing. They are available in the popular sage grey color as an alternative. The Progressive equipment type is available in three inside colors: black, macchiato beige, and sage grey.
With the AMG Line, the basic seat cover in ARTICO man-made leather/microfibre MICROCUT is now available in Bahia brown, as are four upholstery colors: black, Bahia brown, sage grey, and the new hue red pepper coupled with black.
The comfort seat fabric covering is composed entirely of recycled materials, whilst the ARTICO/MICROCUT seat cover has 65% recycled materials in the seat mirror and 85% in the bottom fabric.
The GLB’s standard equipment has been extensively updated. The offer logic has been fine-tuned to particular client requests. In addition to the leather steering wheel and LED front lighting, the standard equipment already includes Highbeam Assist, a reversing camera, and the USB package.
Buyers who purchase the Progressive equipment type will additionally get the Parking Package and the Mirror Package. Customers may personalize automobiles individually in terms of aesthetic characteristics such as colors, upholstery, trim, and wheels, with additional functional equipment combined into packages based on actual consumer behavior.
The newest MBUX version has an intuitive operation and adaptable software
The GLB now has the most recent iteration of MBUX, as well as freshly developed display styles. “Classic” displays all necessary driving information, however “Sporty” stands out with its dynamic rev counter. Choose “Discreet” if you wish to restrict yourself to vital material.
Customers may personalize their experience by combining the three navigation, help, and services modes and the ten Ambient Light color worlds. All prior functionality, such as media, phone, and vehicle, is still present and may be easily accessed through the touchscreen or steering-wheel-mounted finger pads.
The major goals of the telematics system redesign were new design and increased performance. The GLB now features a second USB-C port as well as greater USB charging power, and all USB ports are lit. Wireless networking with cell phones will be feasible in the future through Android Auto Wireless or Apple CarPlay.
The intelligent voice assistant learns with you
The Mercedes-Benz intelligent voice assistant is becoming increasingly more capable of conversation and learning as a result of internet services that may be engaged via the Mercedes Me app. The system learns about the driver and remembers their preferred settings or routes. It recommends personalized infotainment, comfort, and vehicle functions based on the current driving environment at the right time.
Of course, the driver may reject this proposal using the “Do not propose now” feature, or permanently erase it using the “Do not suggest again” function. These desires will be remembered by the vehicle. Some activities may therefore be performed without saying “Hello Mercedes,” and the voice assistant can now explain car features.
The audio “Tourguide” adds an intriguing addition to travel information as part of Mercedes me’s “MBUX Voice Assistant” – originally only accessible in Germany. When the voice command “Hey Mercedes, start Tourguide” is issued, MBUX responds to the roughly 3,400 brown signs along German highways by reading out intriguing details about locations of interest along the route.
The optional Burmester® surround sound system now includes the immersive Dolby Atmos audio experience, which works in tandem with the newest MBUX generation to give music greater space, clarity, and depth. The technology also adjusts to any playing situation, allowing listeners to listen to music with unprecedented clarity that matches the artist’s original studio vision.
Mini-games as digital add-ons
The optional individualization package for Mercedes Me connect services has introduced a new digital addition to the GLB. A variety of mini-games tailored to the touchscreens and touch-control buttons on the steering wheel transform the tiny Vehicle into a mobile gaming console. Games may be played either alone or with other passengers.
Classic games such as Sudoku, Shuffle Puck, Pairs, and Match 3 are now accessible, as well as a quiz.
Another area where the new GLB excels is safety aid. In addition to the Driving Aid Package, Active Steering Control, allows for more comfortable management of Lane Maintaining Assist. The Parking Package’s next edition additionally allows longitudinal parking with 360-degree visualization for camera-assisted parking.
For the first time, the GLB has Trailer Manoeuvring Assist, which aids in reverse maneuvering with camera assistance. The trailer hitch with ESP® trailer stabilizer is required, as is the Parking Package with a 360-degree camera.