Pricing for the new Mercedes-Benz GLB has finally been added to the firm’s local configurator, with the range for South Africa comprising two variants at launch.
Last we heard from the Stuttgart-based firm, the GLB – which can specified in seven-seater form (for an extra R18 900) – was scheduled to arrive in local dealers at some point in the second quarter of 2020.
Since Mercedes-Benz SA has already confirmed to CARmag.co.za the AMG-fettled GLB35 will not be offered locally, the range includes just the petrol-powered GLB250 and the diesel-powered GLB220d 4Matic (we drove the latter in Spain in November 2019).
The GLB250 will be priced from R730 554, with its turbocharged 2,0-litre four-cylinder engine offering 165 kW and 350 N.m to the front axle via an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission. That’s enough, says Mercedes, for a dash from standstill to 100 km/h in 7,1 seconds and a top speed of 240 km/h.
And the GLB220d 4Matic? Well, the oil-burning derivative will come in at R737 277, employing a 2,0-litre turbodiesel unit channelling 140 kW and 400 N.m to all four corners via Benz’s 4Matic system and an eight-speed dual-clutch gearbox. The automaker claims this results in a 7,6-second sprint to three figures and a top speed of 217 km/h.
Of course, there’s a lengthy options list for both variants, which includes items such as an Edition 1 package (R125 000), the popular AMG Line kit (R50 175), a parking package with a 360-degree camera (R22 790), a panoramic sliding sunroof (R19 400), climatised front seats (R15 100), a head-up display (R16 800), adjustable damping (R16 800) and a range of alloy wheel designs.
As a reminder, the GLB slots neatly between the GLA and facelifted GLC, measuring 4 634 mm long, 1 834 mm wide and 1 658 mm tall (or 1 662 mm in the case of the seven-seater), with a wheelbase of 2 829 mm (that’s some 100 mm more between the axles than the latest B-Class).
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