Mercedes-Benz is trying to improve its crossover portfolio with the debut of the Idea GLB. Exhibiting on the Shanghai Auto Present, the little truck previews Daimler's plans for an off-road-capable, seven-seat, compact CUV to fit neatly between the GLA and GLC fashions. And of the three, it is the GLB that appears most capable of cling with the namesake G-Wagen.
The Idea GLB's exterior borrows the 2020 GLC's facelifted design—which debuted at this yr’s Geneva Motor Present—with some key modifications to swimsuit expeditionary endeavors. Massive, BFGoodrich All-Terrain TKO tires are outfitted beneath the enlarged fender flares. A set of underbody guards with built-in air inlets to “emphasize the off-road qualities" add additional off-road safety. There is a shrouded roof rack with an built-in LED lighting bundle that doubles as an “orientation support" for off-road driving, in response to the press launch. Mercedes-Benz completed it off with a weather-sealed roof-box.
Inside is typical Mercedes-Benz high quality because the Idea GLB sees three rows of plush seating, although the third row is just appropriate for young children. The inside is well-appointed in “Open-Pore Walnut” finishes and a heat, brown leather-based remedy, plus small orange accents on the trim to offer a pop of shade. The switchgear is completed in brushed aluminum, and the third and second row each fold flat for added utility.
Underneath the Idea GLB’s hood is a turbocharged four-cylinder engine making 224 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. It is linked to Mercedes-Benz’s Eight-speed dual-clutch transmission and 4MATIC all-wheel-drive system. The Idea GLB additional receives three drive settings, together with Eco/Consolation, Sport, and Off-Highway, the latter of which “acts as an inter-axle differential lock” and holds the front-to-back energy distribution at 50-50.
Although the Idea GLB’s future is undecided, the market’s demand for crossovers of all shapes, sizes, and capabilities seemingly heralds this explicit Benz's manufacturing—although perhaps not with these tires.