Mercedes-Benz has unveiled the Concept GLB SUV this week at the Shanghai motor show.  
The production version of the Concept GLB will sit between the GLA and GLC models, yet it offers space for seven occupants with a 2829mm wheelbase. It also measures in at 4634mm long, 1890mm wide and 1900mm tall.
Design-wise, the Concept GLB exudes muscular proportions with reduced lines and precise joints. Up front is multibeam LED headlamps, at the side contiguous doors and all around is protective claddings which emphasise the off-road character Mercedes-Benz is aiming for.
Further references to the potential off-road capabilities include two shrouds at the front and rear which emerge from the roof frame and accommodate LED spotlights, helpful when driving off-road. Black roof rails, a roof box and 17-inch wheels in a bicolour design wrapped in rough-treaded off-road tyres are also found on the Concept.
Exterior paintwork is designo cashmere white magno with high-gloss black mounted parts and discreet orange highlights in the radiator grille and as lettering on the outside mirror housings.
Internally the Concept GLB includes special Nappa and nubuck leather along with orange trim elements. There is third-row seating with two additional single seats that can be recessed flush into the load compartment floor, according to Mercedes-Benz two medium-sized adults can fit in the seats. It’s a big call.
Wood trim elements are also found on the dashboard and centre console which houses the widescreen cockpit and MBUX infotainment system.
Powering the Concept GLB is the M260 2.0-litre turbo four-cylinder petrol engine currently used in the A250 4Matic, it produces 165kW of power and 350Nm of torque. The engine is matched with an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic that sends drive to the brand’s 4Matic all-wheel drive system which can split the torque 50:50 between the front and rear.
Though the Concept GLB looks very close to being production-ready there is no word on when we might see it grace local showrooms. Stay tuned!
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