The new Mercedes GLB gets chunky styling, an interior crammed full of tech and will be available as a performance A35 model. Keep reading for the car’s price, specs and release date.
Mercedes GLB SUV
chunky styling and posh interior
Price and release date
From £28,000; autumn 2019
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We already know Mercedes has a new SUV on the way called the Mercedes GLB, but the latest news is that you’ll also be able to buy a hot version. Named the Mercedes- GLB A35 – it uses the same 2.0-litre turbocharged engine as the recently revealed Mercedes A35. keep reading for everything we have on the car’s price, specs and release date.
2019 Mercedes GLB SUV price and release date
The Mercedes GLB will compete with cars such as the Audi Q2, BMW X1 and BMW X2 – so you can expect it to have a price tag of around £28,000. The more powerful Mercedes-AMG GLB 35 – with four-wheel drive and more than 300hp – is likely to cost closer to £40,000 to compete with the BMW X2 M40i.
2019 Mercedes GLB SUV styling
While many SUVs these days are softly styled, the 2019 Mercedes GLB SUV gets a boxy appearance that’s bound to appeal if you’re after a proper off-roader look. Its upright body will give you an excellent view of the road ahead and the large windows should make the cabin feel light and airy.
While it looks different to the firm’s other SUVs – except, perhaps, the huge G-Class – the GLB will be instantly recognisable as a Mercedes thanks to the huge, three-pointed star on the grille that’ll be used to hide the car’s self-driving tech sensors.Chunky wheel arches make the car look tough in profile and the GLB will get large alloy wheels of up to 19-inches in size to fill them. Roof bars – for the easy mounting of bike racks etc – further concretes the car’s ‘lifestyle’ image.The heavy camouflage of this test car makes it hard to guess what the back of the GLB will look like, but it does look to get the fake exhaust pipes seen on other Mercedes models. And, no doubt, will get the kind of pretty LED tail lights the Mercedes is famed for.
AMG A35 models will add to this formula with big wheels hiding powerful brakes, along with revised front and rear bumpers, side skirts and spoilers for a more aggresive look.
2019 Mercedes GLB SUV interior
The 2019 Mercedes GLB SUV shares its parts with the A-Class and should get an interior that is extremely similar. That raises the possibility that the GLB will get the A-Class’ clever augmented reality, which makes the sat-nav’s directions appear to hover over the road on the car’s infotainment screen. Expect premium materials to be used throughout, despite its fairly low ranking in the Mercedes model hierarchy.
You can expect the GLB to have room for four adults – helped out by its boxy shape – and boot space of around 500 litres, putting it on a par with the BMW X1.
2019 Mercedes GLB SUV engines and driving
Mercedes’ recent engine deal with Renault and Nissan means the 2019 Mercedes GLB SUV will use some of the same engines as cars such as the Renault Scenic and the Nissan Juke. It’s likely that those manufacturers will supply Mercedes with smaller four-cylinder engines ranging from 1.3 litres to 1.8 litres, but a couple of 2.0-litre petrol and diesel engines will top the range. Most models will be front-wheel-drive, with four-wheel-drive reserved for the more expensive engine and trim level combinations.
2019 Mercedes-AMG GLB35 SUV
While it doesn’t look it, the Mercedes-AMG GLB A35 (seen here in the snow) will be a sporty little SUV fitted with the same 306hp 2.0-litre petrol engine you get in the AMG A35. That’ll be enough to get it from 0-62mph in around five seconds and on to a top speed that’s limited to 155mph. Much of that performance will be down to the car’s grippy four-wheel drive system and its quick-shifting seven-speed automatic gearbox. Despite the impressive performance, you can expect the AMG GLB A35 to return fuel economy of just under 40mpg.