2024 Mercedes-Benz GLB Gets Subtly Restyled and Adds Electrified Engines
The 2024 Mercedes-Benz GLB-class receives a minor facelift with subtle exterior tweaks and new interior features.
The biggest change to the cabin is the standard 10.3-inch screens, which were previously part of the optional Premium package.
The GLB250 and AMG-tuned GLB35 gain 48-volt hybrid systems that can inject an extra 13 horsepower under certain driving conditions.
When the Mercedes-Benz GLB-class arrived for 2020, it filled a niche between the subcompact GLA and the compact GLC and became the smallest SUV on the market to offer a third row of seats, albeit one best suited to children. For 2024, the GLB is receiving a light refresh, bringing minor styling changes, upgraded infotainment, and an electrified engine lineup.
Visually, not much has changed. The front bumper and grille are slightly tweaked while the headlights and taillights feature sharper LED graphics. The GLB also adds a Spectral Blue metallic paint option and new 18- and 20-inch wheels.
Inside, the two 10.3-inch screens that used to be part of the Premium package now come standard, a sizable upgrade over the 7.0-inch screens on the 2023 base model. The GLB now runs the latest version of Mercedes's MBUX infotainment system, supports wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and gains an extra USB-C port and improved USB charging power.
Mercedes throws in more standard equipment too, including automatic high-beams, a parking package that adds a 360-degree camera view, and a nappa leather steering wheel. For the first time, the GLB offers a heated steering wheel with the AMG Line package.
Under the hood
The GLB's turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four gains a 48-volt hybrid system, with the belt-driven starter-generator providing an extra 13 horsepower in certain situations to aid acceleration or allow the vehicle to coast with the engine off. The setup also makes the start/stop system smoother and recuperates energy during braking to recharge both the 48-volt and 12-volt batteries. Peak power stays the same at 221 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque.
The sporty Mercedes-AMG GLB35 receives similar revisions for 2024, with new exterior lights, an updated AMG Performance steering wheel, and the same benefits to infotainment and phone connectivity. The turbo 2.0-liter four-pot still churns out 302 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque but also adds the 48-volt hybrid system with the same 13-hp boost.
The AMG GLB35 can also be had with new 19- and 20-inch wheel designs. The 2024 GLB-class will reach showrooms later this year, and we expect a slight increase over the 2023 GLB250's base price of $40,950 and the GLB35's price tag of $52,650.
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