The new Mercedes-Benz GLB 35 4MATIC
The new Mercedes-Benz GLB 35 4MATIC

The new Mercedes-Benz GLB has arrived in Ireland. The new compact SUV from the German brand will go on sale priced from €42,350.

Engine options and pricing for the new GLB

In Ireland, GLB will be sold in two trim lines – Progressive and AMG. A special order Edition 1 model with exclusive boldly coloured bodywork will be coming later according to Mercedes-Benz Ireland.

Four cylinder petrol and diesel engines power the new Mercedes-Benz GLB. Upgrades to engines mean increased power, improved efficiency and reduced emissions.

The petrol models – all with 7 or 8-speed automatic transmissions – include the GLB 200 (1.3 litre), GLB 250 (2.0-litre) and GLB 35 4MATIC AMG (2.0-litre). The diesels are all 2.0-litre units with 8-speed automatic transmission. They include the GLB 180d, GLB 200d and GLB 200d 4MATIC and GLB 220d 4MATIC.

Ciaran Allen, Sales Manager for the brand in Ireland, says that the GLB is the “most competitive package possible tagging affordable prices to high-level specifications”. Furthermore, the focus in Ireland will be initially around the GLB Progressive 180 Automatic (petrol) priced from €42,350 and the GLB Progressive 180d Automatic from €43,190. 7 seat versions are available for a €1,500 premium.

Seven seat option for the new GLB
Seven seat option for the new GLB

The new GLB arrives against a backdrop whereby every third vehicle produced by Mercedes-Benz is an SUV and every fourth a compact car. It looks set to be one of the trendiest SUVs on Irish roads with squared off styling reminiscent of the brand’s notorious G-Wagen four wheel drive hero. There is an off-road focus to the design that makes it a truly unique prospect in the Merc compact line up. 4MATIC all wheel drive will be available as an option, as is a special off-road light which helps the driver to detect obstacles at low speeds.

Compact SUV with 7-seat option!

For buyers in the market looking for a spacious family SUV, the new GLB is available with five seats or as a 7 seater SUV. Models with the 7-seat option come with a third row of seats hidden beneath the luggage floor that can be raised as required.

This new model has the longest wheelbase of Mercedes-Benz’s current compact generation of cars. Comfort suspension with steel springs comes as standard, while an adaptive damping system is optionally available.

Inside there are more off-road design influences echoed in the instrumentation and controls, steering column, spiral-look dashboard, doors and centre console highlights. The MBUX multimedia system and ‘Hey Mercedes’ command system come as standard. There are also two 7-inch instrument cluster and media displays with touch screen facility and a sports steering wheel with touch control.

The new GLB will join the recently launched Mercedes-Benz GLA in the brand’s compact SUV range in Ireland.