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Mercedes-Benz GLB Compact SUV Teaches Us about Chinese Culture

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Mercedes-Benz GLB Compact SUV

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The 2019 Shanghai auto show recently witnessed the introduction of the new 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLB Compact SUV.

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Mercedes-Benz sales executive Britta Seeger says that the three-row compact is a perfect fit for Chinese society because its culture demands vehicles that haul around large households.

“It is essential in China where that we offer the GLB as a seven-seater,” Seeger told reporters at the 2019 New York Auto Show. “You know why the Chinese are demanding the seven seaters in the different aspects? That’s really interesting because they have different life situation because they are living together with the one-child policy.”

According to Seeger, multiple generations in a family live together in one house. This accumulates on average to the likes of four grandparents, two parents, and one child. Mercedes-Benz is complementing this common lifestyle with a sport utility vehicle that accommodates a huge family.

The GLB SUV is 182 inches long, resembling the scope of a Honda CR-V but slightly smaller than its big sibling — the Mercedes-Benz GLC SUV.

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China can expect this compact crossover to go on sale later this year.

It runs on a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that delivers 224 horsepower. This engine utilizes an eight-speed dual clutch transmission that directs power to all four wheels.

Stylish and muscular on the outside, the GLB includes a welcoming, luxurious interior made of walnut and chestnut wood trims, as well as nappa and nubuk leather seating.