If you think about subcompact luxury SUVs, you probably don’t of three rows of seats and other practical design solutions. That’s rather typical for mid-size models, but the German manufacturer thinks of those who want practicality in a small package, which comes in a combination with maneuverability, efficiency and lower maintenance costs. This SUV has been around for a couple of years and we believe it’s still early for mid-cycle updates. Therefore, the 2023 Mercedes Benz GLB should come without more important changes.
Therefore, you may count on familiar characteristics, which start with the high-quality interior and optional third row. We also like the powertrain options, which are peppy and refined. Finally, the ride is pretty comfortable, while the infotainment system on among the best in the class. On the other hand, the ride is comfortable but the GLB isn’t particularly fun to drive. Also, base models could be more generous with standard equipment.
As there are no significant changes to come, we presume that the 2023 Mercedes Benz GLB release date will be scheduled for the last quarter of the year.
2023 Mercedes Benz GLB Design
The 2023 Mercedes Benz GLB will represent the fourth production of the generation and we don’t expect to see any significant changes to see. The styling will certainly remain the same, with a boxy shape that looks pretty cool in this segment, where most models look like hatchbacks with higher ground clearance.
Mechanically, this SUV shares most of its parts with the entry-level GLA. It rides on the same platform and shares the same powertrain. The suspension setup is one of the things we like about this model, as it ensures a smooth and very comfortable ride, which is on par with bigger luxury SUVs. However, the vehicle’s body shape and soft suspension setup are also the reason for more body roll than usually, which affects the athleticism in a pretty negative you. As a result, most rivals offer way better handling and are more fun to drive.
On the inside, the 2023 Mercedes Benz GLB will also continue in the same way. It offers plenty of quality, a combination of high-end materials and elegant styling. Everything comes in a typical MB fashion, while we also like all those standard and available tech features. Another thing to like is fantastic sound insulation.
The GLB comes with two rows of seats. Both are spacious enough to accommodate taller passengers with ease. The front seats are massive and supportive, with pretty good ergonomics. Also, you can opt for the third row, which isn’t all that spacious but still makes this SUV the only model in the class with the capacity for seven passengers.
When it comes to the cargo area, you may count on about 27 cubic feet of space behind its second-row seats and 62 cubic feet in the two-row model. If you pick the three-row version, you may count on 5.1 cubic feet behind the third row, 24 cubic feet behind the second row and 56.7 cubic feet in total.
We believe that the 2023 Mercedes Benz GLB changes could bring a couple of new things in terms of standard features, as the current model isn’t particularly generous in this aspect. It comes standard with things like a 7-inch digital gauge cluster, a 7-inch touch screen, HD Radio, Bluetooth, USB ports, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto, dual-zone climate control etc. Among upgrades, you can currently find a 10.25 digital instrument cluster, 10.25-inch touch screen, navigation, wireless device charging, a Burmester sound system, satellite radio, a panoramic sunroof etc.
When it comes to safety, all models should come standard with a rearview camera, blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, driver drowsiness monitoring etc.
2023 Mercedes Benz GLB Engines
Things under the hood will certainly remain the same. The 2023 Mercedes Benz GLB will continue with a familiar 2.0-liter turbo-four engine, which puts out around 221 horsepower and comes in pair with an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission. The ride is smooth and refined while driving dynamics are strong enough to satisfy most drivers.
If you’re up for something peppier, you can pick the AMG-badged version, which comes with the same turbo-four engine but is tuned up to 301 horsepower. This version also comes with a dual-clutch transmission and it is notably quicker, as it needs just five seconds to hit 60 mph.
2023 Mercedes Benz GLB Release Date and Price
As there are no significant changes to come, we presume that the next year’s model will hit the market sometime in the last quarter of the year. When it comes to the 2023 Mercedes Benz GLB price, it shouldn’t be much different compared to the current model, which starts at just under 40.000 dollars.