The much-anticipated Mercedes-Benz GLB has been launched in the UAE by Gargash Enterprises, the authorized dealer of Mercedes-Benz in Dubai, Sharjah, and the Nothern Emirates.
Launched across all Gargash Mercedes-Benz showrooms in the UAE, the new GLB brings together impeccable design, intelligent functionality and high comfort to create a versatile compact SUV – the perfect partner for every individual, through every role they play in life.
Powerful proportions with short overhangs and off-road-oriented design as well as optional 4MATIC all-wheel drive and a special off-road light which helps detect obstacles in front of the vehicle at low speeds – the new Mercedes-Benz GLB is a versatile SUV, perfect for UAE life. Spacious and family friendly, it is the first car in this segment that is optionally available as a seven-seater, ensuring a seamless transition from five to seven-seater with minimal effort.
With powerful and efficient four-cylinder engines, the latest driving assistance systems with cooperative support for the driver, the intuitively operated infotainment system MBUX plus the comprehensive convenience control ENERGISING Comfort, the new family member has all the strengths of the current compact-class generation from Mercedes-Benz. In the starting blocks: The new Mercedes-AMG GLB 35 4MATIC an unrivalled alternative in the segment of compact SUV.
“Gargash is proud to be launching this unique seven-seater SUV in the UAE market. Truly an SUV like no other, the GLB borrows design cues from the timeless G-Class, flaunting clean lines and a slick silhouette that exudes a sporty and modern edge. Intelligent features and the highly intuitive MBUX system make the vehicle incredibly user-friendly, as it understands and adjusts to the needs and demands of each passenger as well as the driver,” says Sahra Isla, Marketing Manager at Gargash Enterprises. “We at Gargash are thrilled to be the trusted distributor of the new GLB in the UAE. The ideal companion for family-driven customers, we are certain that this vehicle is going to meet expectations.”
Spacious, versatile and flexible – the GLB comes with an array of features that make it ideal for the UAE’s desert with special off-road functions that ensure a smooth journey across even rougher terrains.
This includes an upright front section with striking headlamps and short overhangs at the front and rear. The doors reach over the side bar, improving ease of access, and keep the door apertures free of soiling as well as increasing protection in a side impact.
An optional Off-Road Engineering Package comes with additional MULTIBEAM LED headlamps, as well as a special off-road light for optimal vision in the dark. The Off-Road Engineering Package also includes an additional drive mode, as well as a media display that offers a realistic presentation of the terrain to judge manoeuvers better.
The hill-start assistance system Downhill Speed Regulation (DSR) automatically adheres to a preselected, slow speed and targeted brake applications helps retain control during steep downhill driving.
The GLB is optionally equipped with the permanent all-wheel system 4MATIC, with fully variable torque distribution. This sporty all-wheel drive configuration allows the driver to use the DYNAMIC SELECT switch to influence the characteristics of 4MATIC. Three characteristic maps are available to control the all-wheel drive clutch, though the system responds flexibly to the current driving situation in any mode. In off-road mode the all-wheel drive clutch acts as an inter-axle differential lock, with the basic distribution a balanced 50:50.
MERCEDES-BENZ GLB AT A GLANCE
Up to seven seats: The GLB is the first compact vehicle from Mercedes-Benz to offer a third seat row on request with two additional individual seats. The seats offer people up to a height of 1.68 metres a comfortable amount of space. Safety equipment includes extendible head restraints, seat belts with belt tensioners and belt force limiters on all outer seats, complete with a side window airbag which also protects the passengers in the third seat row plus ISOFIX and TOP-Tether anchorages for suitable child seats. These can be used to fasten up to four child seats in seat rows two and three.
Comfort details in the third row include two drinks holders between the seats as well as two stowage compartments with rubberized insert on the left and right in the load compartment trim, each housing a USB port. The seats can be lowered so that they are flush with the load compartment floor in order to extend the load compartment.
Plenty of room in all dimensions: At 2829 millimetres, the GLB has the longest wheelbase of the current compact-class generation from Mercedes-Benz. Together with the function-oriented greenhouse this is decisive when it comes to the generous amount of space. The headroom in the first seat row is 1069 millimetres – an optimum in this segment. At 967 millimetres, the effective legroom in the rear of the five-seater is at an especially comfortable level.
Distinctive exterior design: Ideal for the UAE’s desert, the GLB fuels the country’s passion for off roading with powerful proportions that underscore the off-road focus of the design: the surfaces of the forms are emphasized, and reduced lines and precise seams are major features. The upright front section with its striking headlamps is clear evidence of off-road genes, as are the short overhangs at the front and rear.
The muscular and sensuously contoured vehicle shoulder dominates the side view at the height of the C- pillar, an effect reinforced by the rising waistline. The doors reach over the side bar, improving ease of access, and keep the door apertures free of soiling as well as increasing protection in a side impact. All- round protective claddings divide the overall proportions and emphasize the vehicle's off-road character, as does the stylized skid plate at the front and rear. The elevated roof rails are made of polished aluminum.
High-quality interior design: The instrument panel consists of a single basic volume, which has a cut-out in the driver and front passenger area. The driver faces a Widescreen Cockpit, with control and display via MBUX (Mercedes-Benz User Experience). A new feature is the off-road-like aluminum-look tubular element in the dashboard on the front passenger side.
In the centre console, tubular elements provide a solid support for the components and controls and along the doors, the SUV character is underlined by the horizontal grab handle, which blends in with the overall sculpture and resembles a milled aluminum tube.
Intuitively operated infotainment system: The GLB is equipped with MBUX (Mercedes-Benz User Experience). The system features as standard two 7- inch displays for the instrument cluster and media display with touchscreen (optionally: 2 x 10.25-inch), sports steering wheel with Touch Control buttons on the left and right, USB port (Type C), Bluetooth connection for telephony and audio sources. The powerful computer, brilliant screens and graphics, customizable presentation, full-color head-up display, navigation with augmented reality, learning software, and voice control activated with the prompt “Hey Mercedes” are the key advantages of the system.
Comprehensive comfort: ENERGISING comfort control networks various comfort systems in the vehicle and uses lighting and musical moods plus a number of massages for a wide range of feel-good programmes. The ENERGISING COACH recommends these programmes according to the situation. If the Mercedes-Benz vivoactive 3 smartwatch or another compatible Garmin wearable is linked, personal values such as stress level or sleep quality improve the recommendation.
Driving assistance systems: Thanks to its camera and radar systems, the GLB is able to see up to 500 meters ahead and drive in semi- automated mode in certain situations. This includes, for example, the convenient speed adjustment ahead of bends, junctions or roundabouts carried out by Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC, for which it also uses map and navigation data. As a new function of the Active Steering Assist, among other things, there is also the intuitive Active Lane Change Assist. If the Active Parking Assist with PARKTRONIC is additionally on board, the GLB also has the function extended automatic restart on motorways.
MULTIBEAM LED headlamps: The optional MULTIBEAM LED headlamps allow quick and precise adjustment of the headlamps to the current road and traffic conditions. With the adaptive Highbeam Assist Plus, the main beam can remain on at all times. As an option there are also front fog lamps with LED technology. They distribute the light more widely than the main headlamps and thus illuminate peripheral areas better. Their low position in the front bumper helps reduce the risk of dazzling.
4MATIC models with large media display come with the Off-Road Engineering Package. In combination with MULTIBEAM LED headlamps, these models have a special off-road light that makes it easier to see obstacles in rough terrain in the dark. With the off-road light, the cornering light of the MULTIBEAM LED headlamps is permanently switched on up to a speed of 50 km/h. This results in wide and bright light distribution in front of the vehicle.
Off-Road Engineering Package: In addition to the off-road light, the Off-Road Engineering Package includes an additional drive mode. It adapts the power delivery of the engine, the characteristics of 4MATIC and ABS intervention control for off-road driving in easy terrain. It can be activated via the DYNAMIC SELECT switch. Additionally, an animation of the driving situation can be called up in the media display. The realistic presentation of gradient, inclination angle and technical settings helps the driver to judge driving maneuvers better. The hill-start assistance system Downhill Speed Regulation (DSR) automatically adheres to a preselected, slow speed between approx. 2 and 18 km/h, it can be read out in the instrument cluster and in the optional head-up display. With targeted brake applications the assistant helps retain control during steep downhill driving.
4MATIC all-wheel drive: The GLB is optionally equipped with the permanent all-wheel system 4MATIC, with fully variable torque distribution. This sporty all-wheel drive configuration allows the driver to use the DYNAMIC SELECT switch to influence the characteristics of 4MATIC. Three characteristic maps are available to control the all-wheel drive clutch, though the system responds flexibly to the current driving situation in any mode. In regular driving operation, the drive program "Eco/Comfort" is based on an 80:20 distribution (front axle:rear axle), while in "Sport" it is 70:30. In off-road mode the all-wheel drive clutch acts as an inter-axle differential lock, with the basic distribution a balanced 50:50. At the front the GLB has McPherson suspension struts, at the rear an acoustically and vibrationally decoupled multi-link axle with compression springs. Adaptive adjustable damping is available on request. With this the driver can change between more comfort or particularly sporty tuning via the DYNAMIC SELECT switch.
Engines: The new GLB places its trust in the four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines which were completely updated to relaunch the compact model series. In comparison to the previous generation, they are characterized by significantly increased power and by improved efficiency and reduced emissions. The gateway to the range of petrol engines is the M 282 with a displacement of 1.33 liters in the GLB 200. This engine has cylinder shut-off for efficient operation in the partial-load range.
The two-litre M 260 engine in the GLB 250 4MATIC has cast-iron cylinder liners in its die-cast aluminum engine block, which widen at the lower end as per the CONICSHAPE principle. In-house, the machining process for the cylinder bore is descriptively known as “trumpet honing”. This reduces piston friction and lowers the consumption. In the aluminum four-valve cylinder head, the CAMTRONIC variable valve timing system allows two-stage adjustment of the lift valve timing system allows two-stage adjustment of the valve lift on the intake side.
Thanks to the further expanded emission control system, the two-litre diesel engine (OM 654q) with 8G- DCT dual-clutch transmission (combined fuel consumption 5.5-4.9 l/100 km, combined CO2 emissions 146-128 g/km1 already meets the RDE (Real Driving Emissions) Stage 2 requirements and is certified to Euro 6d.
- Tradearabia News Service
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