New Mercedes GLB facelift spotted on the road

The seven-seat Mercedes GLB is getting a minor mid-life update

Mercedes is undergoing testing of the revised GLB SUV and as you can see from these spy shots, the firm is keeping exterior tweaks to be kept to a minimum. This may be our first sighting of the car but it looks like a debut could happen this year. 

Introduced in 2019, the Mercedes GLB is a bit of an anomaly in the German firm’s line-up, it offers seven-seats where the more expensive GLC is five-seat only. There’s also an all-electric EQB version, giving the GLB a broader appeal than the GLC. 

The front of the facelifted GLB shows a new, simpler headlight design with just one daytime running strip in each cluster. The grille’s shape remains the same, but we can expect new detailing within. This is the non-AMG model, so for the sporty variants we expect a new front end with larger air intakes and a bespoke grille design. 

The sides remain unchanged from the outgoing model, but at the rear we can clearly see a new rear light design with horizontal bars replacing the square lights. The camouflage extends across the bootlid, but we imagine tweaks will be confined to the rear lights. 

In some Mercedes models, such as the new S-Class and EQS, we’ve seen a variation of interior design between the combustion-engined car and its electric counterpart. The GLB and electric EQB, received the same interior layout and we expect this to continue with this mid-life update. 

Since the GLB was launched, Mercedes has brought out new versions of its similarly-sized GLC and C-Class. Inside, these cars use a new 11.9-inch portrait touchscreen and 12.3-inch digital instrument panel – technology that could be carried over to the GLB, with the latest MBUX infotainment. The GLB will remain as practical as before, with seating for seven. 

In terms of powertrains, we’re likely to see a continuation of the current range. This will start  with the entry-level GLB 200 with a 161bhp, 1.3-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol, while the only other petrol will be the range-topping GLB 35 AMG with 302bhp from its 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine. Diesels take the form of  the GLB 200d with a 148bhp 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel and the GLB 220d with a 188bhp 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel. Given there’s the all-electric EQB built on the same MFA2 platform, a plug-in hybrid variant of the GLB should arrive at some point too. 

The current GLB starts from £38,565, expect the new updates to see pricing head nearer the £40k mark when it goes on sale next year. 

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