New lease of life for Merc’s GLB

Mercedes-Benz updated its GLB range with exterior, interior upgrade and equipment.

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Exterior:

New full-LED headlights and rear lights enhance the appearance, with the range of options now expanded with four additional wheel designs and a new Spectral Blue Metallic paint colour. In basic trim, the new GLB is fitted with 18-inch five-twin-spoke alloy wheels. However, the GLB can also be configured with 19- to 20-inch wheels. The redesigned front bumper with visual underbody protection points to its off-road genes.

Interior:

One of the highlights of the significantly upgraded interior is the freestanding double screen. Standard are a 7-inch and a 10.25-inch display for the respective instrument cluster and multimedia screens, with two 10.25‑inch wide-screen displays available as an option.

The round air vents in turbine look, convey elegance and contrast with the straight-lined, off-road-typical interior elements in aluminium. The standard steering wheel of the current generation is upholstered in leather, with ARTICO man-made leather available on request.

Equipment:

The standard equipment of the GLB has been significantly upgraded. The basic equipment already includes Highbeam Assist, a reversing camera and the USB package in addition to the leather steering wheel and the LED front headlights, for example.

Customers also receive the Parking Package and the Mirror Package from the Progressive equipment variant onwards. Further functional equipment is bundled into packages based on real customer behaviour, with customers being able to configure vehicles individually in terms of design features such as colours, upholstery, trim and wheels.

A new design and improved performance were the main focus areas of the revision of the telematics system. For further connectivity, the GLB now has an additional USB-C port and increased USB-charging power while all USB ports are illuminated.

Enhanced safety features:

Safety assistance is another area where the new GLB shines. Through Active Steering Control, an upgrade of the Driving Assistance Package, enables more comfortable control of Lane Keeping Assist. The next generation of the Parking Package also supports longitudinal parking with 360-degree visualisation for camera-assisted parking. For the first time, the GLB also offers Trailer Manoeuvring Assist, which facilitates reverse manoeuvring with camera support. The prerequisite is the trailer hitch with ESP® trailer stabilisation in conjunction with the Parking Package with 360-degree camera.

Range:

The new GLB is available in SA in a GLB 220 diesel engine option as either a 5- or 7-seater (the only 7-seater option in its segment). The engine is perfectly paired with an eight-speed DCT dual-clutch transmission as standard. GLB 220d 4MATIC has a 2-litre four-cylinder diesel engine with 140 kW and 400 Nm.

Prices:

GLB 220d (R1 116 100) and the GLB 220d 7-seater (R1 133 700).

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