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    Mercedes Introduces the new GLB

      A bit boxier for you and your buddies...

    Mercedes unveiled the Mercedes-Benz GLB at an event in Salt Lake City yesterday.   The GLB joins the GLA in the small crossover space, however it can be configured with seating for up to seven passengers.   Built on the compact, front wheel drive, transverse engine platform that is shared with the GLA, the boxy shape makes the most of its 111.4 inch wheelbase (5.1 inches longer than the GLA). The GLB can be purchased as a 5-seater or 7-seater with a second row that can slide fore and aft up to 6 inches. 

    Mercedes says the boxy shape gives the GLB powerful off-road proportions, and short front and rear overhangs help with approach and departure angles. Front-wheel drive is the default, and Mercedes 4Matic all-wheel drive is optional and comes with various modes for comfort, sport, and off-road. Hill-Start assist and downhill speed regulation contribute to the GLB's off-road chops.

    Powering the GLB is a 2.0 liter transverse 4-cylinder with an 8-speed automatic transmission. The engine produces 221 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque from 1800 rpm - 4,000 rpm. It is likely that we will later see AMG engine variants join the lineup like the 416 hp 4-cylinder that AMG just debuted

    The 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB will be in dealerships by the end of 2019. 

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    GLB 250
    4MATIC

    Transmission

    8G-DCT
    (automatic)

    Displacement (cc)

    1991

    Output (hp)

    221

    at rpm

    5,500

    Max. torque (lb-ft)

    258

    at rpm

    1800 - 4000

    Acceleration 0-60 mph (s)

    6.9

    Top speed (mph)

    130

    *Spec for load compartment capacity calculated according to VDA standards.

     

     

    Edited by Drew Dowdell

    Source: Mercedes Benz Media



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    I don't think there is a 2019.  There is a concept vehicle that was shown at the Shanghai show in April, pictured here in another thread.  This is the production model.

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    Glad is has “powerful off-road proportions” for the tens of people that will go off road.  Seems a bit excessive on the black plastic but I guess that makes it “off road” as we learned long ago from the Pontiac Transport Montana.

    I bet these sell in big numbers, it is the only 7 seater in the segment, it looks good in and out and  the 306 hp engine is coming right after launch.  The crossover sheeple will like up all day for it.

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    A little Honda Element in the headlights,  the D pillar looks off a GLS.  I think they wanted some GLK squareness but had to keep with the smooth body lines theme of the current cars.

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    I do like the way that interior is trimmed, exterior I could go either way.. It looks like a wagon to me, but I have no problem with wagons. 

     

     

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    1 hour ago, Robert Hall said:

    Looks a lot like the concept that was shown recently.  That side window profile reminds me of a mini-me version of the MKT.

    There was no GLB in the US as to why I pulled from the Euro side where the GLB has been selling is my understanding.

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    2 minutes ago, dfelt said:

    There was no GLB in the US as to why I pulled from the Euro side where the GLB has been selling is my understanding.

    No, no GLB selling anywhere yet. It's international debut was yesterday in SLC.   I think that pic was just speculative fiction. 

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    2 hours ago, Robert Hall said:

    No, no GLB selling anywhere yet. It's international debut was yesterday in SLC.   I think that pic was just speculative fiction. 

    Correct, it isn’t on sale anywhere yet.  This is a new product for them and I think will be way more successful than the GLA which looks stupid.

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    Ugh: acres of cladding, another anemic engine, FWD.
    WTH is mercedes doing down in this segment?

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    1 minute ago, balthazar said:

    Ugh: acres of cladding, another anemic engine, FWD.
    WTH is mercedes doing down in this segment?

    Because Audi, BMW, Lexus and Infiniti are also.  Compact premium crossovers are a growth segment, and it's available in 7 seat form. 

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    5 minutes ago, Robert Hall said:

    Because Audi, BMW, Lexus and Infiniti are also.  Compact premium crossovers are a growth segment, and it's available in 7 seat form. 

    Cadillac, Lincoln, Jaguar, Porsche, Alfa, Land/Range Rover....

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    So in other words, the German/japanese luxury brands continually benchmark and copy each other, right? 

    Mercedes arguably has a 'tier above' reputation from the rest and they make plenty of money. They don't need a transverse, FWD subcompact 180-HP 4-bangers with linear yards of unpainted plastic trim- no matter who else (like Chevy, toyota, mazda, nissan, et al) does it. There's doing what other people are doing, and holding true to your image.

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    They are just doing what they can to reach more consumers, and people are really into premium brand crossovers today, regardless of whether they are FWD or RWD based.  Cadillac should get an XT3 out also...

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    53 minutes ago, balthazar said:

    Ugh: acres of cladding, another anemic engine, FWD.
    WTH is mercedes doing down in this segment?

    Basically same size, price and power as an XT4.  They will have a 306 hp option and a 416 hp option which isn’t too anemic.

    Small crossover is a huge volume segment, why wouldn’t Mercedes be in it with 3 entries no less.

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    The problem for that vision is, however, that these MB shit boxes aren’t premium.

    In no way does Cadillac need an XT3. Big picture, Robert.

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    9 minutes ago, balthazar said:

    The problem for that vision is, however, that these MB shit boxes aren’t premium.

    In no way does Cadillac need an XT3. Big picture, Robert.

    Premium-branded, not necessarily premium product--but the zombies leasing them don't notice.    It's odd, the XT4 is actually slightly longer than the Corsair but slightly smaller than the GLB--thought it was smaller w/ it's odd, truncated rear.

    An XT3 would give Cadillac something closer to the size of the GLA, X2 and UX, and it would probably sell well.  Hot market.

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    Cadillac MUST, in any forward-looking planning, MUST keep its recent volume in the forefront. There already isn’t enough volume to support both the CT5 & CT4. Add to that there’s not enough volume to support a full catalog that matches all tiers that brands selling double the volume struggle at, and the path is clear. 

    Keep the mission tight & clear and stick to it. Volume low? Keep the upper tiers, cultivate your image, dump the low margin low priced stuff.

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    It looks like a minivan turned into a crossover. Look how well that turned out for GM, but I bet this will sell better than those 4.

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    I like the white one.  Never liked giant fake black air intakes in bumpers, so the "sporty" trim level is out.  The interior is way cool in black and brown.  Dash is futuristic, kinda cool... but only if it doesn't wash out in sunlight.  So you're saying this is available as a 5-seater?  I was confused by the article a little bit.

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    5 minutes ago, ocnblu said:

    I like the white one.  Never liked giant fake black air intakes in bumpers, so the "sporty" trim level is out.  The interior is way cool in black and brown.  Dash is futuristic, kinda cool... but only if it doesn't wash out in sunlight.  So you're saying this is available as a 5-seater?  I was confused by the article a little bit.

    I think there is a typo in the original post above, it says  The GLA can be purchased as a 5-seater or 7-seater with a second row that can slide fore and aft up to 6 inches.   I think that should read GLB.  Another sentence references the GLC, when it should be GLB.    Nomenclature confusion?

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    1 hour ago, balthazar said:

    Cadillac MUST, in any forward-looking planning, MUST keep its recent volume in the forefront. There already isn’t enough volume to support both the CT5 & CT4. Add to that there’s not enough volume to support a full catalog that matches all tiers that brands selling double the volume struggle at, and the path is clear. 

    Keep the mission tight & clear and stick to it. Volume low? Keep the upper tiers, cultivate your image, dump the low margin low priced stuff.

    The new Lincoln Aviator is RWD.  Why won't Cadillac build a RWD unibody crossover since the death knell of the original SRX?  Mercedes and (especially) BMW sell RWD CUVs all the time.  Certainly, given the current Cadillac lineup, there is room for a RWD CUV NOT named Escalade (which is a RWD BOF SUV).

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    Just now, riviera74 said:

    The new Lincoln Aviator is RWD.  Why won't Cadillac build a RWD unibody crossover since the death knell of the original SRX?  Mercedes and (especially) BMW sell RWD CUVs all the time.  Certainly, given the current Cadillac lineup, there is room for a RWD CUV NOT named Escalade (which is a RWD BOF SUV).

    GM doesn't do RWD unibody crossovers.    FWD/transverse is their sweet spot, because they can share them across four brands and many models...keep them generic and cheap to build.

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      Powered by Cadillac’s high-output 2.7L Turbo engine featuring a unique three-step sliding camshaft that helps optimize performance at all speeds. It is rated at a Cadillac-estimated 320 horsepower (239 kW), pending SAE certification. 10-speed automatic. Limited-slip rear differential. V-Series performance chassis with Magnetic Ride Control 4.0 (on RWD) or ZF MVS passive dampers (on AWD). Vehicle Control Mode with customizable V-Mode. Brembo front braking system. 18-inch wheels and summer-only performance tires2 (all-season tires available with AWD). Near-perfect 50/50 weight distribution for an exceptional feeling of balance and control. Dark exterior accents and V-Series mesh grilles; quad exhaust tips, unique rear spoiler design that helps reduce rear lift while increasing grip for the rear tires. Super Cruise1 available. Unique performance persona instrument cluster and V-Mode steering wheel control. MORE TO COME
      The CT4-V and CT5-V go on sale early in the 2020 calendar year, with production at GM’s Lansing Grand River facility in Michigan. Additional product information, as well as details on additional V-Series variants and CT4 Luxury, Premium Luxury and Sport models, will be announced at a later date.
    • By William Maley
      Did you know that Mercedes-Benz has nearly 30 models on sale in the U.S. at the moment? Factor in the various engine choices and body styles and you're looking at nearly 90 different models. This is causing Mercedes-Benz and their dealers a number of headaches dealing with it.
      "It has gotten to the point of being just too much to manage customer model confusion, vehicle logistics and manufacturing. Each of these models require marketing support, education at the dealer level, even service and parts inventory," said Jeff Schuster, president of global forecasting at LMC Automotive.
      Mercedes is going to do something about it. Earlier this month, the German automaker told dealers at a national meeting in Las Vegas they would be cutting back on the number of models it offers within the next twelve months.
      "We are going to see models go away within the next 12 months. Within the next 90 days, we might see some of those announcements," according to one unnamed dealer who was at the meeting.
      The automaker also announced that it would be scaling back the number of options and equipment packages it offers. Poor selling options would be dropped, while popular ones would become "standard equipment on certain models" or tacked "onto existing feature packages."
      What models may get the ax? We know that the SLC roadster will be leaving the lineup next year due to slumping sales. Automotive News speculates the C-Class coupe/cabrio and S-Class coupe/cabrio could also go due to sales falling.
      Source: Automotive News (Subscription Required)

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