- The 2024 Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class gets 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 get 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, becoming the smallest SUV on the market to offer a third row of seats, albeit one that offers the best suitable for children. For 2024, the CAP gets a light refresh, bringing minor styling changes, upgraded infotainment and an electrified engine lineup.
Visually, not much has changed. The front bumper and grille have been tweaked slightly, while the headlights and taillights have 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 are now standard, a significant upgrade over the 7.0-inch screens on the 2023 base model. The GLB now runs the latest version of Mercedes’ MBUX infotainment system, supports wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and gets an extra USB-C port and improved USB charging power.
Mercedes also throws in more standard equipment, 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 gets a 48-volt hybrid system, with the belt-driven starter generator providing an extra 13 horsepower in certain situations to aid acceleration or keep the vehicle running with the engine off. . The setup also makes the start/stop system smoother and recovers energy during braking to recharge both the 48-volt and 12-volt batteries. Peak power remains the same at 221 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque.
The sporty Mercedes-AMG GLB35 gets similar revisions for 2024, with new exterior lights, an updated AMG Performance steering wheel, and the same infotainment and phone connectivity benefits. The turbo 2.0-liter four-pot still makes 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 hit showrooms later this year, and we expect a slight increase over the 2023 GLB250’s $40,950 base price and the GLB35’s $52,650 price tag.
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