Like every new or upgraded car introduced last year, the new GLB comes with Mercedes's impressive MBUX infotainment system. The voice-centric interface continues to impress and gives drivers the option of controlling aspects of the vehicle without going overboard and using a touchscreen or touchpad.
While the GLB is essentially a crossover due to its smaller size, it has an optional third row and will accommodate seven thanks to the two additional seats. Expect the addition to the back of the SUV to be a tight fit for adults and a huge loss of cargo space when folded. But, if you're a parent picking up a bunch of kids from school, the GLB could be an alternative to larger SUVs.
Mercedes also noticed the off-road prowess of the vehicle. The SUV concept that preceded today's inauguration was clearly an off-road beast. The production vehicle is a domesticated version of this design, but the GLB has the slightly aggressive stance of a crossover ready to tackle gravel roads.
There will be an offroad package available in the 4MATIC (AWD) version. The SUV will adapt its power to a world outside the asphalt and will count on ascending departure assistance and descending descent regulation. This feature is pretty much the cruise control to go down, keeping the car between one and 11 miles per hour as it descends.
In addition, the MBUX system will display an off-road feature that shows the orientation and angle of the vehicle. In addition, while in the off-road mode, the vehicle's LED lights will widen to show more road and field.
The GLB will be launched with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged 221-horsepower and 258-pound torque and will be available in all-wheel drive and four-wheel drive versions. It will be available in US showrooms in late 2019. Price details were not announced at the event.