Our spies have captured a hot version of the 2019 Mercedes GLB undergoing testing. Everything on the car’s price, specs and release date, here
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- Latest pics of 2019 Mercedes GLB
- Specs include hot A35 model
- Price from £26,000
- 2019 release date
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 2019 Mercedes GLB will be an alternative to models such as the Audi Q2 and BMW X1 and it is expected to cost from around £26,000 for a entry-level model. That price is likely to grow to £35,000 for the recently spotted GLB 35 model and to more than £40,000 for the rumoured GLB 45.
2019 Mercedes GLB 35 SUV
You can read all about the 2019 Mercedes GLB below, but for now let’s focus on the more recently spotted GLB 35.
Based on the Mercedes A35 hot hatch, the GLB 35 is set to get a 306hp 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine coupled to four-wheel drive and a seven-speed automatic gearbox. As a result, you can expect it to get from 0-62mph in under five seconds and to be electronically held back to a top speed of 155mph.
The car will be available with launch control for perfect getaways and come with a new stability control system that’ll help you eek out the best performance possible no matter the weather conditions. It’ll offer a variety of different presets via the car’s drive select including Slippery, which will make the car easy to drive on wet, snowy and icy roads. Sport and Sport+ modes, meanwhile, will help you wring every last bit of performance out of the car.
Aside from just sporty electronics, the GLB is set to get a stiffened chassis and lowered suspension that’ll make it more composed and precise to drive in the bends.
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 concrete 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.
2019 Mercedes GLB SUV interior
The 2019 Mercedes GLB SUV shares its part 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.