“Are you going to throw it away?” Mercedes-Benz officially launches ‘this car’ that will cause trouble for young couples

Mercedes-Benz has launched a new car that will be its last this year. Those cars are the GLA and GLB, and the two vehicles make up their compact SUV lineup. Meanwhile, this new model is a partially modified model, and its features include improved marketability in a variety of areas, from exterior design to safety and convenience specifications. How specifically were the two vehicles different when they debuted? Let’s take a look together.

Mercedes GLA & GLB, new model launched in Korea

Benz imported car SUV GLA GLB partial change facelift

New GLA & GLB, a different look at ‘this’

Benz imported car SUV GLA GLB partial change facelift

First is design. The partial change to the GLA and GLB features a newly designed front part. The newly designed bumper emphasizes sportiness by increasing the size of the air intake, and a new grill is installed. The headlamp and rear lamp designs are the same as before, but the internal graphics have been changed. The power dome bonnet, which was previously only provided by AMG, was applied. Spectral Blue exterior color and new 17- to 20-inch wheels were added.

Benz imported car SUV GLA GLB partial change facelift

For reference, the high-performance version of the AMG GLB 35 4Matic emphasizes AMG’s unique sporty image with a new design front apron with the AMG logo and 19-inch AMG 5 twin-spoke lightweight alloy wheels.

New GLA & GLB, what is the interior like?

Benz imported car SUV GLA GLB partial change facelift

The interior is equipped with a 7-inch digital instrument panel and a 10.25-inch display as standard. For reference, the 10.25-inch digital cluster is optional. In addition, it supports wireless Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and infotainment with enhanced voice recognition.

Benz imported car SUV GLA GLB partial change facelift

Here, the AMG GLB 35 4Matic features the latest generation AMG performance steering wheel, which allows you to control all driving functions and modes without taking your hands off the steering wheel. The seats are made of Artico leather and microcut microfiber, carbon structure trim, and red-colored seat belts. In addition, the MBUX info system also has a dedicated design that takes advantage of AMG’s unique atmosphere.

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Mild hybrid applied to all lineups

Benz imported car SUV GLA GLB partial change facelift

This GLA·GLB 250 4MATIC

▶ 2.0-liter 4-cylinder gasoline engine
▶ 48V mild hybrid system
▶ 8-speed DCT transmission

goes in. Based on this, it produces a maximum output of 224 horsepower and a maximum torque of 35.7 kgm. For reference, both models are equipped with an off-road package that will improve driving performance. In addition, the new GLB 200d, equipped with a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder diesel engine, has a maximum output of 150 horsepower and a maximum torque of 32.6kgm.

Benz imported car SUV GLA GLB partial change facelift

Meanwhile, the AMG GLB 35 4MATIC combines a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder gasoline engine, a 48V mild hybrid system, and an AMG Speedshift 8-speed DCT transmission. Based on this, it delivers a maximum output of 306 horsepower and a maximum torque of 40.8kgm. For reference, according to Mercedes-Benz, exclusive specifications such as AMG Ride Control suspension are also provided.

Additionally, two additional specifications are added to this model, further highlighting the appeal of AMG. The first is the AMG Ride Control suspension, through which the AMG GLB 35 4MATIC ensures high driving stability. The second is AMG Dynamic Select. Through this, drivers can individually set the engine, transmission, and handling to suit their tastes and driving situations, enabling a variety of driving experiences.

A word from the editor

Benz imported car SUV GLA GLB partial change facelift

Lastly, the starting prices of the new cars we looked at today are as follows.

▶ GLA 250 4Matic: 67.9 million won
▶ GLB 250 4Matic: 69.8 million won
▶ GLB 200 d: 62.1 million won
▶ AMG GLB 35 4Matic: KRW 77.1 million

Meanwhile, Mercedes-Benz and BMW are fiercely competing until the last minute for the top spot in domestic imported cars. This new Mercedes-Benz car is not expected to have a significant impact on this ranking. So, this means that there will be an impact starting from next year’s competition, which will begin anew. Will new cars be able to produce surprising performance from the first month? Attention is being paid.

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