Monday, August 17, 2020

The All-New Mercedes-Benz GLB: Luxury And Versatility In a Compact SUV




The waiting is over! The highly anticipated luxury compact SUV, the All-New GLB premieres in the Philippines. The "New Normal" brought about a virtual launch held on Facebook Live last August 15, 2020, where the newest member of the SUV family of Mercedes-Benz was unveiled.


Benjie Bautista, Senior Manager, Product Planning and Development Mercedes-Benz Philippines during the virtual launch of the All-New GLB 

It marks the 8th model in the German luxury automaker’s success story of MFA (Modular Front Architecture), combining all the best factors from the former models, and becoming the first 7-seater in the Mercedes-Benz compact car family.

Versatility in a new guise

The All-New Mercedes-Benz GLB is the most versatile luxury compact SUV available in the Philippine market. It is an ideal car that can take you to new places and make old favorite roads feel fresh. It can take up to six of your friends for a road trip on a weekend or enjoy it for a drive around the metro for your “me-time”. And wherever you take it, it will do more than you expect to make every driving minute memorable.

At the press of a button, DYNAMIC SELECT offers different drive programs with setting options for the engine, transmission, chassis, and steering

Everything under control, even off the road. At the press of a button, DYNAMIC SELECT offers different drive programs with setting options for the engine, transmission, chassis, and steering. In "Sport" mode the vehicle is more dynamic and in basic "Comfort" mode its setup is very balanced. "ECO", on the other hand, places the emphasis on maximum efficiency and saves fuel and money.

First 7-seater luxury compact SUV

The All-New GLB offers unprecedented comfort being a versatile car with seating for up to seven. It is responsive, refined, and comfortable enough to warrant its Mercedes-Benz badge and represent a clear advantage over non-luxury offerings.

The GLB supplies ISOFIX and TOP-Tether anchorages for suitable child seats

It is the first compact vehicle of Mercedes-Benz that offers a third row, with two additional seats perfect for growing families. The extensive safety equipment includes retractable headrests, seat belts with belt tensioners, and a side window airbag, which also protects the passengers in the third seat row. Additionally, the GLB supplies ISOFIX and TOP-Tether anchorages for suitable child seats, and these can be used to attach up to four child seats in the rear.

First 7-seater luxury compact SUV

A distinctive profile

The advanced, efficient 1.3L inline 4-cylinder engine pumps up power to 163 hp. With all 250 lb-ft of torque on tap from just 1,520 rpm, you get quick response off the line, and for passing, merging, and climbing. It has a long wheelbase of 2,829 mm making it have a striking SUV design.

The advanced, efficient 1.3L inline 4-cylinder engine pumps up power to 163 hp. With all 250 lb-ft of torque on tap from just 1,520 rpm

It comes equipped with LED dynamic headlights. It can be dressed in sportier apparel through the AMG Line Package, with 19” 5 twin-spoke light-alloy wheels, side skirts painted in body color, polished aluminum roof rails, and AMG Body Styling. It's a ruggedly handsome crossover that treads the line between form and function well.

LED dynamic headlights 

On the inside, finely finished modern furnishings welcome the driver and the passengers. It boasts of a luxurious Black Artico Dinamica microfiber seats.

Innovation

The All-New GLB offers an array of modern technology. The intuitively Mercedes-Benz User Experience is your own in-car personal assistant. Tell it, touch it, point to it, the GLB can hear you, and show you the way. MBUX can quietly respond to your touch as well, using a 7-inch standard central touchscreen that is also controlled by a touchpad on the center console, steering wheel controls, and natural-language commands.

Smartphone Integration merges the mobile phone with the infotainment system via Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto

Smartphone Integration merges the mobile phone with the infotainment system via Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto. This gives convenient access to the most important applications on your smartphone. You can also use apps from third-party service providers such as Spotify quickly and easily.

Exceptional safety features

The All-New GLB features the latest driving assistance systems. During rush hour, on long drives at night or on unfamiliar routes, the GLB noticeably takes the strain out of driving, particularly in stressful situations. This is based on a concept that makes every journey in a Mercedes-Benz safer and unique: Mercedes-Benz Intelligent Drive.

AMG Body Styling

In addition, the All-New GLB comes with Adaptive brake lights flashing and the Brake Assist that provides automatic recognition of emergency braking situations. Parking is also made convenient with a Parking Package. It comes with a reversing camera and Active Parking Assist to help the driver find suitable parking spaces.

Introductory Retail Price is Php 3,790,000

The All-New GLB is available at all Mercedes-Benz dealerships. Visit the showroom at Edsa Greenhills, Bonifacio Global City, Alabang and Cebu City to check the unit. Or you may visit www.mercedes-benz.ph/GLB to know more.


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Monch "Monchster" Henares is an award-winning automotive journalist and feature writer for the Philippine Daily Inquirer's Road Talk, a media blogger @MonchsterChronicles.com, co-founder of Motourismo.ph and a co-anchor in the program 'Kaya Mo Yan' on DZRH News Tele-radio.  He is also a tech and motoring specialist, inventor, and automotive engineer. 


He managed the motor pool for a limousine company in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. He is now based in Manila, Philippines, and is the President of BuildMeUp Corp.

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