Mercedes-Benz Concept GLB Looks Ready for the Great Outdoor in Shanghai

Since the introduction of its first car in the SUV segment, Mercedes-Benz says it sold in excess of six million vehicles across its nameplates. Currently comprising seven models, the SUV range could have been considered complete. Apparently, it wasn’t.

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At the Shanghai Auto Show this week, Mercedes is showing the Concept GLB, the precursor of a production SUV that will be slotted between the GLA and GLC and that will become a jack of all trades when it comes to configuration or capabilities.“The Concept GLB is a durable and practical SUV with nonetheless compact dimensions. Whether it is a generous, seven-seater family vehicle or a versatile leisure time companion: we are certain that this concept will be of great interest to our customers,” said in a statement Britta Seeger, Mercedes executive in charge of sales.

The concept looks – and is – muscular, having been equipped for the auto show with hardware meant to emphasize its adventurous nature.

It rides on 17-inch wheels with rough-treaded off-road tires as the GLB aims to be one of the most capable off-roaders in the German stables and, as Mercedes puts it, capable of feeling “right at home on rough farm tracks.”

Based on the same platform as the A-Class, the GLB will be offered in various configuration, including as a seven-seater like the concept currently on display in Shanghai. 

The interior is all brown on the concept, with leather wrapping most of the car’s elements and giving it a vintage fee, quickly dismissed by the Widescreen Cockpit and the MBUX system.

As shown in China, the Concept is powered by the same M260 four-cylinder petrol engine deployed in the A-Class. Here, it develops 224 hp and 350 Nm of torque when paired to an eight-speed dual clutch transmission.

When it will be launched rumors point to the SUV being offered in GLB 35 and GLB 45 variants, with a hybrid option – possibly even plug-in – likely to join the range later down the line.

Full details on the Mercedes-Benz Concept GLB can be found in the document attached below.

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