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Mercedes-Benz has taken the veils off the latest addition to its SUV range, the GLB.

As the nomenclature suggests, the new addition to the line up slots between the German marque’s smallest SUV, the GLA, and the larger GLC. The GLB shares a platform with other small Mercedes vehicles including the A-Class, B-Class and CLA.

However, its wheelbase has been extended to provide better interior space.

Despite its relatively diminutive size, the GLB has the option of seven seats, offering four Isofix child seat mounting points.

Inside, the GLB offers a solid 560 litres of boot space in the five-seat configuration. Put the sixth and seven seats in place, and this drops to just 130 litres.

With only the driver and front passenger seat left standing, the capacity of the GLB goes up to 1,755 litres.

The GLB makes use of the same MBUX infotainment system as the one you’ll find in the latest A-Class. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration systems are available, too.

The engine line-up is largely borrowed from the spec sheet of the A-Class hatchback, with 200 and 250 models making up the petrol offerings. A 200 d and 220 d will provide an option for those buyers after a diesel, too.

All petrol GLBs are front-wheel-drive only, while the GLB 200 d diesel will be available with either front- or four-wheel-drive. The more powerful 220 d can only be specified with four-wheel-drive.

Production is due to begin this autumn, with prices expected to start at around the £30,000 mark.

Check out used deals on the new GLB’s slightly larger sibling, the Mercedes GLC, here!

Ted Welford

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June 11, 2019

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