Salt Lake City - Mercedes-Benz has whipped the covers off its first ever GLB SUV, which is the latest (and largest) member of the compact car front-wheel-drive platform that also underpins the A-Class and B-Class.
Measuring 4634mm in length and 1834mm in width, the GLB is similar in size to the Nissan X-Trail and Land Rover Discovery Sport, and it also offers the option of a seven-seat interior configuration, although that third row is best left to the kids, or those less than 1.68 metres in height.
The GLB has a more muscular design than the other ‘GL’ badged SUVs - and while it's still relatively sleek and modern, one gets the idea that it wants to be a G-Class when it grows up.
Being car-based, it’s not a hardcore off-roader, but Mercedes has put some effort into making it more rugged than the average crossover, and models fitted with 4Matic all-wheel-drive are available with an Off-Road Engineering Package which includes a special off-road light function that makes it easier to spot obstacles in rough terrain in the dark.
The 4Matic system has fully-variable torque distribution and can be configured through three modes, including an off-road function that locks the distribution at 50:50. Those seeking a more comfortable ride can opt for a comfort suspension with adaptive damping.