Auto Nation Group, the official Mercedes-Benz distributor in the Philippines, has finally launched the first-ever 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLB compact luxury SUV. As it joins an ever-growing number of crossovers and SUVs in the Philippines, how does the GLB stand out? Well, it has something to do with being able to fit seven people in a compact body.
Measuring at 4,634 mm long, 1,834 mm wide, and 1,658 mm tall, it’s only about an inch shy of the rear-wheel-drive (RWD) Mercedes-Benz GLC compact SUV. Yet, because of its space-efficient front-wheel-drive (FWD) architecture, the GLB is able to sprout a third row. In case you are wondering, the FWD architecture the GLB is using is the same as the one found in the A-Class hatch, CLA compact “four-door” coupe, and the upcoming GLA subcompact SUV.
From the outside, the 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLB has a very boxy design. The upright design is also what enables the GLB to have a third row. Only one variant will be sold: the GLB 200 AMG Line. This variant is characterized by its sporty front and rear bumpers, side skirts 19-inch five twin-spoke alloy wheels, polished aluminum roof rails, and a sporty diamond pattern for the grille. There are also adaptive LED headlights and adaptive LED brake lights for better safety.
Inside, and it’s easy to tell that the GLB shares a lot in common with the A-Class hatchback. As expected, the interior has plenty of nice materials and design details, which include LED ambient lighting, ARTICO synthetic leather upholstery, electronically adjustable driver’s seat, just to name a few. As with every new Mercedes, the GLB uses the MBUX infotainment system. Drivers can interact with the system through the touchpad, the touch screen, or through the intelligent voice assistant. For the GLB 200 AMG Line, it uses the entry-level system with its twin 7-inch displays. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto come as standard.
Despite being called the GLB 200, this compact SUV is not powered by a 2.0-liter gasoline engine. Under its hood is a much smaller 1.3-liter inline-4 turbocharged gasoline motor that produces 163 hp and 250 Nm of torque. Impressive numbers for a small engine. Power is sent to the front wheels via a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic.
As for safety, the all-new 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLB 200 AMG Line is equipped with automatic emergency braking (marketed as Active Brake Assist), hill start assist, a plethora of airbags, reverse camera, and an Active Parking Assist self-parking feature.
The 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLB 200 AMG Line is now on sale across all Mercedes-Benz dealers with an introductory price of P3,790,000. For the remainder of the year, Mercedes-Benz Philippines is expecting to sell 30 units of its latest three-row compact luxury SUV.