The GLB arrived last year as a brand-new model. Therefore, those who are familiar with this German luxury automaker know very well what to expect from the 2021 Mercedes Benz GLB. Second production years are usually reserved for hi-performance versions and this small boxy crossover won’t be an exception. We are about to see an AMG version of the SUV and that will be by far the biggest novelty for the next year. Other than that, the only notable novelty is the addition of blind-spot monitoring to the list of standard equipment.
You may count on a crossover that comes with a little bit different approach compared to similarly-sized models like GLA and GLC. This particular model looks bolder and feels more like an SUV. After all, the company’s goal was to make a crossover that resembles the legendary G Wagen. This SUV is luxurious, practical and even packs three rows of seats.
2021 Mercedes Benz GLB Redesign
As we’ve just mentioned, the 2021 Mercedes Benz GLB will represent the second production year, so it’s hard to expect any particular changes, especially in terms of base design characteristics. This model shares a lot with the entry-level GLA, including the FWD layout, while AWD versions are available too. However, it features a notably longer wheelbase, which goes over 111 inches, which is pretty impressive for a vehicle that has been classified as a subcompact SUV. Therefore, it’s no wonder that it actually offers three rows of seats, but we will get on that in a few moments.
Visually, the next year won’t bring anything particular. Still, keep in mind the upcoming AMG version, which will certainly get treatment from the famous tuning department. Besides a more aggressive appearance, we count on mechanical upgrades as well, especially in terms of a new suspension setup.
Once again, no bigger changes are about to come, except for the new AMG model. This version will come with typical upgrades, which include AMG’s steering wheel, new materials and sportier overall appearance.
On the other side, the overall cabin layout will certainly remain the same. We are about to see a model that offers a dashboard that has a lot of things in common with the GLA model, including the same digital instrument cluster and infotainment screen, as well as those recognizable round air vents. On the other side, this model features a much boxier shape, which has a big impact in terms of space. The first two rows are very comfortable, while the German manufacturer has even found enough room for the third one. However, this one is pretty tight but that doesn’t mean it can’t be useful for kids or on short journeys.
When it comes to the cargo space, this model is more generous than the bigger GLC, thanks to the boxy shape. In numbers, this means around 27 cubic feet behind the second row and 56.7 cubic feet behind the first row. If you opt for the third row, only 5.1 cubic feet remain with all seats in use.
When it comes to standard equipment, things won’t be much different compared to the initial model. Therefore, the list of standard features will include things like a 7-inch touch screen, a 7-inch digital gauge cluster, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, HD Radio, Bluetooth, and five USB ports, as well as things like a power liftgate, dual-zone climate control, push-button start etc. In higher trim levels, you can also get goodies like a panoramic sunroof, a 10.2-inch touch screen, a 10.2-inch digital gauge cluster, navigation, wireless device charging, satellite radio, and a Burmester stereo.
In terms of safety, the biggest novelties is the addition of blind-spot monitoring to the list of standard equipment. Other than that, things remain unchanged. So, the list of standard equipment includes goodies like forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, rear cross traffic alert, rearview camera etc.
2021 Mercedes Benz GLB Engines
Without any doubt, the biggest novelty for the 2021 Mercedes Benz GLB is the new AMG model. We are talking about the GLB 35 model, which will use a familiar 2.0-liter turbo-four, which puts out around 302 horsepower.
The rest of the lineup remains the same, which means that base models will use a 2.0-liter engine with 221 horsepower. Both engines come in pair with a dual-clutch transmission, which does a pretty amazing job.
2021 Mercedes Benz GLB Release Date and Price
We expect to see the 2021 Mercedes Benz GLB on sale in the next couple of weeks. When it comes to the price, base models should go around 39.000 dollars.