The new Mercedes-Benz GLB will arrive in Ireland in early 2020!
The new Mercedes-Benz GLB will arrive in Ireland in early 2020!

The new Mercedes-Benz GLB is a new compact SUV from the German brand and will arrive in Ireland in early 2020.

It will be available as a five or seven seat SUV, with the seven seater version broadening the appeal of the new GLB with two extra bucket seats that can be stowed away easily when not in use.

The new GLB is a new addition to Mercedes-Benz’s compact car range though the brand claims exceptional levels of spaciousness and passenger capacity not naturally associated with this segment. At 2,829 millimetres, it has the longest wheelbase of Mercedes-Benz’s current generation of compact cars that includes the A-Class, B-Class and CLA.

There will be three trim lines for Ireland: Style, Progressive and AMG. An exclusive boldly coloured Edition 1 model is also available in the first year after market launch.

4MATIC all-wheel drive is an option as is a special off-road light that helps detect obstacles in front of the vehicle at low speeds.

Inside, the GLB has a high-quality interior with off-road design influences reflected in its instrumentation and controls elements, steering column, aluminium-look dashboard, doors and centre console highlights. The MBUX infotainment system is fitted and features include two 7-inch instrument cluster and media displays with touch screen facility; a sports steering wheel with touch control buttons, and a USB port and Bluetooth connection for telephone and audio.

The interior of the new GLB
The interior of the new GLB

Driver assistance systems include camera and radar systems that can scan the road up to 500 metres ahead and drive in semi-automated mode whereby, in certain situations, speed can adjust ahead of bends, junctions or roundabouts aided by map, navigation and distance information data. Optional lighting and adaptive main beam features enhance the offering, especially in off-road and rough terrain driving.

The GLB is equipped with comfort suspension with steel springs as standard. Adaptive damping is available as an option. Engines include updated four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines, all characterised by increased power, improved efficiency and reduced emissions.

Petrol models – all with 7G/8G automatic transmission – are: GLB 200 (1332cc/Nm 250 torque/), GLB 250 (1991cc/Nm 350) and GLB35 4MATIC AMG (1991cc/Nm 400).

Diesel models – all 1950cc with 8G automatic transmission – are: GLB 180d (Nm 280 torque), GLB 200d (Nm 320), GLB 220d 4MATIC (Nm 320) and GLB 220d 4MATIC (Nm 400), all certified to Euro 6d and geared to meet RDE (Real Driving Emissions) Stage 2 requirements.

Pricing for Ireland will be announced closer to launch.

Ciaran Allen, sales manager for Mercedes-Benz passenger cars in Ireland, said: “With every third Mercedes-Benz now an SUV, and every fourth a compact car, our intention will be to launch GLB with the most competitive package possible, tagging affordable prices to high-level specifications in a way that will appeal to families”.