The eighth member of Mercedes’ compact automotive household stands out from the group due to its non-obligatory third row representing a singular promoting proposition since you may’t have seven seats on every other compact SUV from a luxurious model. Meaning the GLB doesn’t have a direct rival, which ought to permit Daimler to lure in prospects that will have in any other case gone for one thing like a BMW 2 Collection Gran Tourer.
It’s clearly not a completely fledged seven seater because the third row is barely appropriate for folks as much as 1.68 meters (5 ft 6 in) tall. Giving minivan lovers extra causes to go for the GLB somewhat than a standard people-mover, the second row slides ahead and the inclination of the backrests will be adjusted as properly. As well as, the 2 particular person seats within the third row are retractable and after they’re down, they sit flush with the load compartment to unlock cargo room whenever you wish to carry voluminous gadgets as a substitute of seven folks.
Even these sitting on the rearmost seats get cup holders mounted between the seats, together with two storage compartments every incorporating a USB port. Security was of utmost significance for Mercedes when engineering the GLB, so the 2 folks sitting within the again may have retractable head restraints and seat belts with belt tensioners, whereas the facet window airbag will shield them as properly. Appropriate for putting in a baby seat, each ISOFIX and TOP-Tether anchorages can be found for the third row.
Promotional movies launched by Mercedes give us the chance to take a look at the GLB intimately, together with the generously geared up Version 1 (the white one) set to be obtainable solely throughout the first 12 months of manufacturing. Talking of which, not like a lot of the different compact automobiles from Mercedes offered in Europe, the GLB gained’t be produced on the Kecskemét manufacturing unit in Hungary. As a substitute, the car will probably be assembled in Aguascalientes, Mexico in addition to in Beijing to cater to the SUV-hungry Chinese language market.