Matt Olivier, the Director Business Development at DT Dobie and Maliha Sheikh, the General Sales Manager, Mercedes Benz cars and vans unveiled the new Mercedes Benz GLB compact SUV at a launch function in the DT Dobie showroom on Mombasa Road.
The addition of a choice of two models of the compact SUV to the range of luxury SUVs available from DT Dobie will appeal to young professionals with families.
The GLB is ideally suited to the sort of tasks most families carry out on a daily basis, or simply to enjoy out of town weekends and holidays.
The versatile compact SUV is a spacious family car and the first compact vehicle from Mercedes Benz to offer a third seat row on request with two additional individual seats.
Maliha Sheikh, the DT Dobie General Sales Manager for Mercedes explained, “The spaciousness, favourable price, driver aids and youthful off-road character of the GLB will appeal to active urbanites and families.”
The mid-sized vehicle comes in two variants with turbocharged engines. The GLB 200, is a two-wheel drive with a 1332 cc petrol engine and the GLB 250, has four-wheel drive and a 2.0 litre engine. The GLB has a distinctive profile with a long wheel base and the striking SUV design that gives owners generous space.
The 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine produces 224 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque mated with an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. The engine provides plenty of power for all urban and off-road driving situations and has been completely updated for this series to improve efficiency and lower emissions.
The 4MATIC models feature the off-road engineering package as standard. This includes Downhill Speed Regulation (DSR) and an additional driving mode. This adapts the power delivery of the engine and the characteristics of 4MATIC and ABS intervention for off-road driving on trails and sandy terrain.
The interior of the GLB stands out with fully digital displays and an off-road character – interpreted in a young way. The intuitively operated infotainment system MBUX in the cockpit keeps the driver in the picture at all times and responds to voice commands. The Instrument Display shows all relevant data clearly and in detail.
This SUV stands out for its exceptional roominess as it gives plenty of head and legroom. The load compartment is not only large but also has a convenient hands free access.
Mercedes-Benz Intelligent Drive combines safety and convenience innovations. Features in Mercedes-Benz GLB include rain-sensing windshield wipers, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, a rearview camera, pedestrian detection, crosswind assist, and a driver attention monitor. With these intelligent systems, the driver experiences a new dimension of safety, convenience and stress relief.
Other safety equipment that make it ideal for families include retractable head restraints, seat belts with belt tensioners, a side window airbag which also protects the passengers in the third seat row plus ISOFIX and TOP-Tether anchorages for suitable child seats.