The subcompact Mercedes GLB debuted last year and it is available in a limited number of options but the wagon-esque model has already established a good image on the market. The next 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLB gets the AMG treatment to provide more fun to drive option. The AMG GLB 35 comes with the 302-hp turbo-4 engine and sportier suspension setup. The new version gets also the AMG manicure to signal its engaging performance. The cabin will be mostly like in the current version with the addition of sports seats and several premium touches.
The subcompact GLB luxury crossover SUV slots between the GLA and GLC models in the brand’s range. The model delivers strong performance backed by the great ride and seat comfort. It offers also an optional third-row and spacious passenger and cargo areas. Mercedes equips the GLB with the latest tech and convenience features.
2021 Mercedes-Benz GLB: Design
The recently all-new Mercedes GLB shares the DNA with the A-Class and GLA-Class models while the shape and look has more in common with the larger GLS-Class. The GLB sits on the front-wheel-drive MFA2 platform while riding on the 111.4-inch wheelbase. The model measures 182.4 inches in length which is just about an inch shorter than the compact GLC model.
The GLB has an upright and angular style a mix of the wagon and SUV. The grille and headlights are familiar brand’s style mixed with the sports-style front bumper. The roofline is tall and the model has subtly sculpted fender flares. The rear isn’t particularly interesting and there just a pair of wide taillights and straightforward tailgate and bumper.
The 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLB will have more character when dressed with the AMG Line and Night appearance packages. They add specific grilles, wheels and metallic trim accents.
The new AMG GLB 35 version gets the same treatment as with the AMG Line package. Like other high-performance AMG, the GLB 35 gets sportier bumpers and wheels and AMG-branded grille.
The model’s cabin is highly flexible and it takes the best from the G-Class and GLS-Class. The dash has a logically arranged controls and it comes with the brand’s impressive MBUX infotainment system from the start.
The seats are comfortable and the headroom is generous thanks to the tall roofline. The cargo capacity goes up to 62 cubic feet with just the front seats functional. At the bottom level, there are 20 cubic feet of cargo space.
The new AMG GLB 35 version comes with the AMG Line package treatment available in the current version. The sports seats with ticker bolstering and simulated suede upholstery are a part of the deal. The new version will also be available with various multi-functional, flat-bottom steering wheels.
The base 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLB gets the MBUX infotainment system with Apple Car Play and Android Auto and simulated leather upholstery. Standard equipment includes also forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking.
Available option packages will add larger 10.25-inch displays, blind-spot monitoring, keyless entry, a hands-free tailgate, etc. More active safety systems will be available through the Driver Assistance package. There are systems such as lane-keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, steering assist, active speed control, etc.
2021 Mercedes-Benz GLB: Performance
The next 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLB will continue to rely on the high-output, turbocharged inline-4 engine shared with the A-Class.
The base GLB 250 version gets 221 hp and torque of 258 lb-ft from the 2.0-liter turbo engine. The power is routed through the 8-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission to the front wheels. The GLB 250 4Matic version pairs the engine with an all-wheel drive which can send up to half power to the rear axle.
The GLB 35 version uses a more potent 2.0-liter turbo-4 engine good for 302 hp and torque of 295 lb-ft. The model uses also the launch control system. With additional ponies under the hood, the GLB 35 should hit 60 mph about 1.5 seconds faster than the base version.
The AMG-badged GLB comes also with the stiffer suspension and adaptive dampers with sport or comfort ride modes.
2021 Mercedes-Benz GLB: Release, Price
The 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLB will go on sale late in the year. The price range should start around $34, 000. The new AMG GLB 35 model should be available from about $45, 000.