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New Mercedes-Benz GLB concept is rugged baby SUV addition

Mercedes-Benz has taken the wraps of its new Concept GLB, previewing yet another new addition to the brand’s SUV line up which will be positioned as a more practical sibling of the GLA.

Looking like a Jeep in some ways, the new Mercedes GLB sports a more rugged design with extra body cladding, a roof rack, roof-mounted LED sportlights and 17-inch wheels wrapped in fat off-road tyres.

Mercedes has already confirmed the final production version of the thinly-veiled concept will be unveiled later this year.

The model rides on a 2,829mm long wheelbase and measures 4,634mm long, 1,890mm wide and 1,900mm tall. It has space for up to seven passengers in its cabin.

Speaking of which, the interior shares most of its styling with the new A-Class, including the much lauded twin-display setup hosting Mercedes’ MBUX infotainment system. Don’t expect the showcar’s special nappa and nubuk leather clad dash and door panels to make production.

When not in used, the third row of seats can be stowed into the luggage compartment to free up boot space, with Mercedes claiming they can offer comfortable seating for two medium-sized occupants.

The second row of seats can move aft and fore by 140mm – 90mm to the front and 50mm to the rear – to create more space for the third row passengers, or create more generous legroom in five-seat configuration.

The model will be powered by Mercedes’ M260 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol paired with an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission. The engine generates 165kW and 350Nm of torque directed to all four wheels via the brand’s 4MATIC system which can lock its torque split at 50:50 front and rear in Off-Road mode.

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