These days, there’s always room for another sport utility in an automaker’s lineup. It’s true on America’s SUV-hungry roads and true in the growing Chinese auto market, which is likely why Mercedes-Benz chose the 2019 Shanghai Motor Show to test out squeezing a new Concept GLB into its compact SUV line. At 184-inches from the rooter to the tooter, the Concept GLB slots in between the Mercedes-Benz’s subcompact GLA and slightly less compact GLC sport utes. However, the concept’s longish 111-inch wheelbase frees room in the cabin for three rows and up to seven passengers. Those dimensions place the GLB pretty close to Volkswagen’s new three-row Tiguan SUV in terms of scale. The third row consists of two individual seats that fold flush into a recess in the floor, giving the choice between between room for a pair of “medium-sized” rear occupants or a flat, spacious cargo area. The second row boasts a few tricks of its own including folding for access to the way-back and the ability to slide 5.5-inches fore-to-aft to free up “generous legroom” in its five-seat configuration. On the outside, the Concept GLB features a slick take on rugged, off-roading details with glossy black cladding around the wheel arches; arches filled with chunky wheels and even chunkier off-road tires. LED auxiliary spotlights illuminate from the roof, matching the LED headlamps and integrating into the glossy black roof rack and cargo box. The SUV itself features a more upright roofline than the GLA or GLC, capping off… [Read full story]
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