Three years ago, we were in Utah in the USA to drive the then-new Mercedes-Benz GLS.
The towering 7-seater was going to be, quite literally, the next big thing for the German brand, and that would be especially true in India
Even though it’s a CBU import, Mercedes-Benz will be launching the GLB with the same powertrains as the GLA.
This means the 220d diesel in 2WD and AWD guises, as well a 200 petrol with 2WD, which is what we’re driving today.
It’s worth remembering, however, that the ‘200’ in this car isn’t the 2.0-litre engine as in the GLC, nor 1.5-litre mild-hybrid as in the C-Class, but instead the 1.3-litre unit found in the other MFA cars.
Its 163hp and 250Nm, much like they did in the GLA and A-Class, feel sufficient in the GLB too, if not outright strong.
It’s a very refined engine, provided you don’t rev it out too hard, and at city speeds, at least, it works well.