The new 2024 Mercedes Benz GLB gets unveiled

Minor design tweaks and a host of additional creature comforts are offered as standard

The GLA, an entry-level crossover from Mercedes Benz, was recently facelifted with minor design changes and the incorporation of more standard features than ever. It was only a matter of time before similar facelift updates were also provided to Mercedes’ compact seven-seater, the GLB. And Mercedes has done the needful.

The 2024 Mercedes Benz GLB has been unveiled and features similar changes seen on the 2024 GLA. Subtle exterior design tweaks, such as an updated headlight and taillight setup accompanied by a revised grille and front bumper feature, as key identifying factors for the latest model. The new GLB also receives a new Spectral Blue Metallic paint shade with three additional wheel designs ranging from 18 to 20 inches to choose from.

The cabin boasts a two-screen affair for the instrument cluster and the infotainment unit. The standard screens are 7 inches for the former and 10.25 inches for the latter, but one can opt for 10.25-inch displays for both systems. Like the GLA, comfort seats come standard along with the Mirror package, Highbeam Assist, Parking Package, and Keyless-Go Package. Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are now available, too, with the inclusion of Dolby Atmos technology for customers checking against the Burmester surround-sound system option. The mini-game setup from the recently facelifted GLA has also been extended to the GLB, allowing customers to play classic games like Sudoku and quizzes using the steering wheel controls and the car’s screens.

Power duties comprise a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged engine with 221hp, the same as the GLA crossover. A new 48-volt hybrid system and belt-driven starter-generator help the engine and can provide an additional 13hp boost temporarily. The engine gets mated to an eight-speed automatic and front-wheel-drive as standard, with Mercedes-Benz’s 4Matic all-wheel-drive system on offer at an extra cost.

Mercedes Benz GLB35 AMG

The most compact seven-seater from Mercedes Benz can also be had with an AMG derivative which installs the same 2.0-litre turbocharged four-pot mill as the standard car but with a 302hp that helps it accelerate from 0-100kph in around 5.5seconds. The visual differentiators include a vertically-slatted AMG-spec grille, AMG badging on the hood, dual exhausts and a sporty diffuser at the rear. An AMG performance steering wheel and performance-centric red accents across the cabin will also be offered.

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