The front-wheel-drive GLB 250 starts at $ 36,600, plus a $ 995 destination charge. Opting for the optional 4Matic all-wheel drive system raises the price to $ 38,600, also excluding the $ 995 destination charge. For comparison, the GLA-Class starts at $ 33,950 and the GLC-Class starts at $ 40,700, positioning the GLB right in the middle as you would expect. As standard, the AWD version also includes an Off-Road engineering package that enables 50/50 power distribution and improves traction on rough terrain.
Both models pack a 2.0-liter, turbocharged inline-4 engine producing 221 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque, sent through an eight-speed, dual-clutch automatic transmission. With this setup, 0-62 mph takes 6.7 seconds. After the GLB 250 and GLB 250 4Matic go on sale, the more powerful AMG GLB 35 will join the lineup with 302 hp and 295 lb-ft on tap. Pricing and availability haven't been announced yet, but it should be available sometime next year.