The latest addition to Mercedes-Benz’s SUV lineup now has a price tag, and it’s looking like it has the potential to become the brand’s new volume model. Slotting between the subcompact GLA-Class and rear-drive-based GLC-Class, the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB 250’s price starts at $37,595 for a front-drive model. Opting for all-wheel drive brings the SUV’s price up to $39,595. In addition to all-wheel drive, that price gets you the Off-Road Engineering package standard, which recalibrates the anti-lock brakes and the engine’s power delivery to accommodate adventures off the beaten path.

Underpinned by a stretched and widened version of the MFA2 platform, the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB 250 shares its underpinnings with the new A 220 and second generation CLA 250. The 2020 GLB 250 uses a 2.0-liter turbo-four with 221 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. A new eight-speed dual-clutch automatic is the only gearbox available. A more powerful AMG GLB 35 is set to follow the GLB 250 a year later packing 302 hp and 295 lb-ft.

Standard features on the base 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB 250 include LED headlights, 18-inch alloy wheels, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and two 7.0-inch screens for MBUX. Seating for up to seven passengers is available with the split-folding third row. Optional features include larger 10.25-inch displays for MBUX, a rearview camera, dual-zone climate control, a power liftgate, keyless start, a full suite of driver assistance tech, a Burmester surround sound system, adaptive dampers, heated and ventilated front seats, and a head-up display. You can also option the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB 250 with cool cosmetic tweaks including the AMG Line and Night packages.

The 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB 250 goes on sale before the end of the year. With the way it is priced, expect it to compete against a wide variety of vehicles including the BMW X1 (which starts at $36,195), Land Rover Discovery Sport ($38,795), and Volvo XC40 ($34,695). To a certain extent, the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB 250’s price could also attract consumers in the market for a loaded mainstream compact SUV such as a Toyota RAV4, Volkswagen Tiguan, Honda CR-V, or Mazda CX-5.

Source: Mercedes-Benz

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