Mercedes Benz GLB Concept Reveal


Mercedes-Benz has unveiled a concept version of its upcoming GLB SUV at the Shanghai motor show, previewing the new compact people mover and its potential as a weekend warrior. 
Sitting between the GLA and GLC in Mercedes’ SUV hierarchy, the GLB is a five-seat SUV with optional third-row seating this is enabled by its long 2829mm wheelbase that’s 100mm greater than the already spacious B-Class. Mercedes claims the rear row fits anyone 168cm tall, or shorter. The concept car measures 4634mm long, 1890mm wide, and 1900mm tall.
Dimensionally smaller than the five-seat-only BMW X3 and Audi Q5, the GLB occupies a unique space where it could appear as a compact, premium seven-seat SUV. Mercedes-Benz says the two optional seats, which fold flush into the boot floor, “are far more than emergency seats and offer comfortable seating for two medium-sized occupants.”
The GLB Concept revealed in Shanghai is a spin-off based on the production vehicle that is tipped to start hitting roads in 2020. Sitting on black 17-inch alloys wrapped in large 265/60 profile all terrain tyres. It features gloss-black mud flares around each wheel arch, cladding around the lower bumpers, under-body protection for practical off-roading, roof rails, and a storage box with high-lumen LED spotlights.
This concept car flashes back to a1960s inspired Danish interior design-inspired cabin, with tan napa and nubuck leatherstitched around open-pore walnut panels and bright orange highlights.
The three-pointed star says “the Concept GLB feels right at home on rough farm tracks”, giving its off-road-ready SUV the feel of a contender for Land Rover’s upcoming Defender. Mercedes is not giving away any further details yet, but in a dealer preview event held last year, it was reported that the GLB will sit on the new MFA2 platform which underpins the new A-Class.
So what makes the GLB successful in the Mercedes-Benz SUV range? Britta Seeger Daimler board member and responsible for marketing and sales said.
"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."
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