Mercedes Benz GLB SUV India Launch Details, Expected Price, Specs, Engine, Performance
The GLB will be imported as a CBU import; the price should be between Rs 65 lakh-70 lakh.
Mercedes-Benz has already announced that it will bring the All-electric EQB in India, but what he hasn’t made public is that the regular GLB is heading here too. Likely launching in early December, the seven-seat GLB will be imported from Mexico and sold as a fully built unit.
- Only other 7-seater Mercedes in India apart from GLS
- Mercedes GLB considerably larger than the GLA
Mercedes-Benz GLB: no local assembly, it will be expensive
While other front-wheel-drive Mercs like the A-sedan and GLA are assembled here, the GLB – which made its world debut in 2019 – will only be imported. This is also why it will be much more expensive. Prices are expected to be between Rs 65 lakh and 70 lakh. That’s a step up from the Rs 45 lakh-49 lakh needed for a GLA, or the Rs 42 lakh-44 lakh asking price of a A-sedan.
It’s not that Mercedes India doesn’t want to assemble the car here; it would like. The GLB would make a great addition to the lineup, it would fill the gap with the CGL nicely and, if market forces want it, could even become the best-selling car/SUV in the Mercedes portfolio, taking over from the GLC. But CKD kits for the GLB are not available in right-hand drive, and no kit from Mexico means no assembly.
Mercedes-Benz GLB: the 7-seater advantage
The advantage of the GLB, of course, is that it is a 7-seater. It’s something Mercedes SUV owners have been asking for. Many Mercedes SUV owners want to travel with their extended family and the GLB will give them that opportunity. What will also give the GLB a boost is that it is the only other 7-seater Mercedes besides the GLS.
In India, the GLB will be the second seven-seater Mercedes-Benz.
What will also help the case of the GLB is the fact that it is considerably larger than the GLA. The length at 4634mm is truly impressive and it is built on a 2829mm wheelbase.
Mercedes-Benz GLB: it even looks like a GLS
The other strong point of the GLB is that it looks like a baby GLS. The standing lines will certainly be appreciated by Indian SUV buyers. The vertical grille and headlights set the tone, it has a long flat bonnet and roofline, the square wheel arches and ‘D’ pillar are similar to the GLS, and around the rear even the taillights segmented give it a very familiar look. .
It’s not all about me too; the GLB has a distinctive feature, an interesting crease in the shoulder line. Its job is to raise the shoulder line rearward, but not lean the SUV forward.
Mercedes GLB: refinement and class inside
The interior of the GLB borrows heavily from its sister SUV, the GLA. The slanted dash, door cushions and seats all look like the GLA, and various individual items on the dash are pulled from the MFA parts bin as well. The long one-piece touchscreen and dash, the “deconstructed dash” with the twist to close vents, the climate controls and the touchpad on the center stack are all familiar. The high-quality steering blends leather, chrome and knurled knobs beautifully. And what will also carry over to the GLB is the solid construction.
The interior of the GLB borrows heavily from the GLA SUV.
Expect kinetic front seats, multi-color mood lighting, “Hey Mercedes” voice commands and a panoramic sunroof. Space and comfort in the second row should be good, and you can slide the second row rearward. The third row, however, lacks space. Autocar India staff members who sat in the car say the space is only enough even with the first and second row space adjusted. This means that the third row, although practical, will ideally only be used for short distances.
Mercedes-Benz GLB: practicality and performance
What’s nice, though, is that even with three rows, there’s a good-sized trunk where you can stack soft luggage. Space with all three rows up is 130-150 litres, depending on how high you load it.
Mercedes will likely limit engine choices to the 190hp 220d and 163hp 200 petrol. With its 400 Nm of torque, the 220d is probably the best choice. Unless Mercedes decides to import the 224hp petrol, which would be sort of ideal. Some trims will get 4X4 or 4Matic and that will be a big addition as well.
Overall, Mercedes SUV buyers will now have more choice, five seats or seven. And isn’t that the essence of luxury: having the power to choose?
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