Mercedes-Benz is one of the best luxury brands around, which is why news of the 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLB is quite exciting. The new car is also going to be a crossover SUV, just like the GLA that Mercedes has used to claim its stake in the SUV crossover market. The main target for this new car will be the urban market that needs SUVs to meet their lifestyle, and for times such as winter, where definitely make a difference, small as it sometimes appears to us. Having said that, it’s still being marketed as the best car for the off-road terrain, which is understandable. We never drive off-road, but knowing your car can do it, gives you a sense of comfort. It’s with that in mind that are going to look at the 2021 Mercedes GLB’s features.
2021 Mercedes-Benz GLB: What we Know so Far
The GLB features mechanics that are a generation ahead of what is in the current Modular Front-drive Architecture platform, (MFA), used in front-wheel-drive compact vehicles. The new platform, which they refer to as MFA2 will provide many gains among them a reduced overall weight, as well as compatibility with alternative drive-trains as we move away from fossil fuels. The MFA2 is expected to make its debut in the next-generation A-Class hatchbacks.
Among the notable features of the GLB are that it will have a longer wheelbase, as well as a wider track, as opposed to what we are used to seeing with the GLA. It’s expected that the powertain used on this model will consist of 4-inline units, with an option if a gasoline or diesel flavor. Moreover, it will have a plug-in hybrid option to meet the expected growth of the EV market. The vehicle has a design that’s more boxier than its predecessor, which implies it might have more room inside it cabin compared to other models. The boxier design will also allow it to have more room for addition accessories and modification of its powertrain. The boxier cabin seems to suggest will allow for a third row of seats, which is getting more popular these days.
Most families want a car they can all fit in comfortably and still have some space left for their shopping. A boxy design combined with a lengthy wheelbase will allow the GLB to meets those needs, and still keep its appeal as a new high-end SUV design. With the disappointment shown by the classic Land Rover fans, it seems that manufacturers have realized fans aren’t opposed to boxy designs as much as they initially thought, which led to more curved edges.
However, the spy shots maybe deceiving for it appears to have more edgy design, and the sharper corners might just go away once they remove the camouflage. The same applies for the front, which appears extremely boxy and bulky, and therefore clashes with the front fenders. Still, we cannot rule out whether they want to try their G-Class bulk on this SUV, it seems to have worked well with G-Class fans, it might work here as well.
Being an SUV, it may turn out to be standard 4-Wheel-Drive, which should not be a problem considering the advancement in AI, which now allows vehicles to have greater control on their wheel-speed than ever before. Moreover, it bigger shape will allow fitting of accessories such as self-driving-technology. Mercedes being a leading brand must obviously be thinking of deploying it soon enough.
When it comes to the total power from its powertain, it expected that the diesel and gas engines would produce about 160 hp at a minimum, while the AMG version will produce up to 300 hp. It’s however not clear how much power to expect from the hybrid, how, it should just range around 160hp. Mercedes is expected to produce its MFA2 cars in its Mexico plant, as well as it other plants in Europe, and obviously China. The GLB model will have a retail price of about $36,000, and will therefore be more of a high-end family car.
Overall, the GLB may surprise us with its next-generation technology, and it may proof to be of good quality and worth every dollar. We hope that you now have a better idea of what to expect from the GLB, we look forward to its launch as well.
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