Mercedes-Benz added to its small-crossover lineup in 2020 with the all-new GLB-Class, which brought the G-Class’ boxy appeal to the compact class. With it entering just its third model year, we expect the 2022 Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class to be a carryover model.
In 2020, Mercedes filled out its compact crossover segment with the boxy GLB-Class. This G-Class-inspired design stands out in a crowd with its upright glasshouse and grille, strong body lines and creases, and more. With this design still fresh, we expect no visual changes to the 2022 GLB-Class.
Inside, the three-row GLB-Class continues its G-Class gleaning with an upright dash but with a far more modern touch. This dash includes rounded air vents, a dual-LCD setup, contrasting color and trim options, and even a flat-bottom steering wheel. With this interior being among the most modern in Mercedes’ lineup, we expect no updates to the 2022 GLB-Class’ cabin.
The current GLB-Class is surprisingly well-equipped. Its standard features include dual 7-inch LCD screens, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, power front seats, keyless start, LED headlights, 18-inch wheels and run-flat tires, and a power tailgate. We expect this standard equipment to remain the same in the 2022 GLB-Class.
The 2021 GLB-Class comes in a pair of tunes, starting with the base GLB250. This entry-level model boasts a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that pumps out 221 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. Folks seeking more power can opt for the upcoming AMG GLB35, which will include a 302-hp 2.0-liter. All-wheel drive is standard on all current GLB-Class models. We expect these powertrain options to remain the same in the 2022 GLB-Class.
Neither the IIHS nor NHTSA has tested the GLB-Class for safety, but it comes standard with automatic emergency braking and blind-spot monitors. Buyers can also add adaptive cruise control, automatic lane changing, automatic park assist, and a surround-view camera. We expect these standard and optional safety features to remain the same in the 2022 GLB-Class.
Pricing & Release Date
Mercedes hasn’t announced an on-sale date for the 2022 GLB-Class yet. Based on previous on-sale dates, we expect it to arrive in the spring of 2021.
Pricing also remains uncertain, but with no changes in the works, we expect the 2022 GLB-Class to remain close to the current model’s $39,045-$41,045 (destination fees included) MSRP range. The AMG GLB35’s pricing isn’t available yet and not included in the MSRP range.
Pictured: 2020 GLB-Class