The interior is also very similar to the concept, with all the dash and door shapes the same. Of course the upholstery has been toned way down. But it’s still modern and luxurious like all current Mercs with large screens for instruments and infotainment and loads of ambient lighting. Helping distinguish it from the A-Class and CLA-Class interior are chunky, tubular-looking aluminum trim pieces on the dashboard and door pulls. The most noteworthy interior features regard carrying capacity, though. The GLB can be optioned with a third-row seat for a maximum occupancy of seven people. Cargo capacity for the two-row model is also 20 to 62 cubic feet depending on which seats are raised. The three-row model’s cargo capacity hasn’t been announced yet.
The GLB 250’s powertrain also comes from the concept and the CLA-Class. It’s a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four making 221 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. Power goes through an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and either a front-wheel- or all-wheel-drive system. The default torque split for the all-wheel-drive system is 80% front and 20% rear. The sport mode changes the ratio to 70:30, and the off-road mode sets it to 50:50 and adjusts throttle and ABS settings for low-grip surfaces. The all-wheel-drive model comes with a standard off-road package that, in addition to the drive mode mentioned, also adds hill descent control.
The 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB 250 will go on sale toward the end of this year. Pricing and fuel economy have not yet been announced. That information should become available closer to the on-sale date. Considering its size, we expect the base price will fall somewhere between $34,000 and $41,000, the base prices of the smaller GLA-Class and larger GLC-Class.