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The Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class is a front-engine, front or four wheel drive five-door luxury compact crossover unveiled by the German manufacturer Daimler AG on 10 June 2019 in Park City, Utah. It was previously unveiled to the public at the Shanghai Auto Show in April 2019 as a concept car. It is positioned between GLA-Class and GLC-Class in size. Unlike the GLA-Class and the GLC-Class, it has optional third row seats. The launch date for taking orders begins in July 2019. The production is slated to commence at the end of 2019 for 2020 model year.

The GLB-Class is powered by a range of petrol and diesel 4-cylinder engines, and comes in either front-wheel drive or 4Matic all-wheel drive.

The GLB concept is positioned as a more rugged alternative to the GLA-Class or GLC-Class, equipped with off-road tires and a roof box. It uses the same platform as the W177 A-Class and the GLA-Class, and also shares its engine with the A-Class, a 2.0L M260 turbocharged Inline 4. Mechanically, it has standard all-wheel drive and an 8-speed dual clutch automatic transmission. Despite being similarly sized to the GLC, the GLB has three-row seating due to better space distribution.

The Mercedes-AMG GLB 35 4MATIC was announced on 28 August 2019 in time for 2019 IAA Frankfurt Auto Salon. The GLB 35 4MATIC is the first of the 35-series models to have an eight-speed automatic gearbox; other 35-series models (A 35 4MATIC and CLA 35 4MATIC) continue with seven-speed automatic gearboxes. Fitted to GLB 35 4MATIC, the AMG-specific Panamericana Grille is used on the 35-series model for the first time.

Technical details
The GLB-Class shares its proportions with the B-Class, while the dynamics will be based on the GLA-Class. It will have 4-cylinder petrol and diesel engines and sporty derivatives GLB 35. A plug-in hybrid and an electric version, presumably called the EQB, will be available later.

At launch, GLB-Class will have three petrol and two diesel engines: all of them is fitted with automatic transmissions only. Two petrol and two diesel engines are paired with standard 4MATIC all-wheel-drive system. The 2.0 L petrol engine in the GLB 35 is tuned to produce 225 kW (306 metric hp) and 400 Nm of torque. A plug-in hybrid system found in A 250 e could be fitted to GLB at later date.


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