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The Mercedes-Benz GLB Is The Crossover We Never Knew We Needed Til Now

Mit bis zu sieben Sitzplätzen: Der neue Mercedes-Benz GLB: für Familie & Freunde With up to seven seats: The new Mercedes-Benz GLB: for family & friends

Think of the G-Class in miniature size. That’s how the new 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB looks like. It’s a three-row, seven-seater crossover that slides between the 2019 GLA and the 2019 GLC. Using the German company’s new platform that’s also in the A-Class and B-Class, the GLB’s boxy design is the latest in the brand’s compact car range.

Spacious Family Car

Mit bis zu sieben Sitzplätzen: Der neue Mercedes-Benz GLB: für Familie & FreundeWith up to seven seats: The new Mercedes-Benz GLB: for family & friends

The main advantages of the GLB are its cabin and compartment. It’s the first in this segment to be offered in a seven-seat capacity, with the two seats in the third row compatible for people up to 1.68 meters in height.

The GLB has a wheelbase of 2,829 millimeters, which is 10 millimeters more than the B-Class. The headroom in the first row is 1,035 millimeters—the best in the segment—while the legroom in the rear in a five-seater configuration is 967 millimeters.

The load compartment is 560 liters for the seven-seater setup and 1,755 liters for the five-seater setup. The second row can be longitudinally adjusted while the standard inclination for the backrests is adjustable in several stages. The load compartment can then be maximized by up to 179 liters and put to versatile use.

Second Best Powertrain

Mit bis zu sieben Sitzplätzen: Der neue Mercedes-Benz GLB: für Familie & Freunde With up to seven seats: The new Mercedes-Benz GLB: for family & friends

The GLB has a turbocharged, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that cranks out 221 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. In the US market, the only competitor to best that specification in the segment is the BMW X2, which has seven horsepower more and same amount of torque output. To reach 60 mph from a standstill, the GLB and the X2 need only 6.9 seconds. The top speed is rated at 130 mph.

In Europe, there are two diesel options to choose from: the GLB200d and the GLB220d. Both are powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder oil burner but the GLB200d comes with 150 horsepower and 236 pound-feet on tap and hits 62 mph in nine seconds while the GLB220d benefits from 190 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque.

4 Things We Can Expect From The Mid-Engined 2020 Chevrolet C8 Corvette

The mid-engined Chevrolet Corvette is finally going into production. It has been a long time coming… seven decades, in fact, for those who have been counting. It all started with the 1964 CERV II until the 1990 CERV III. Even after featuring radical designs that could change the game forever, Chevrolet never moved these concepts into production.

And yet, on July 18, Chevy is finally going to unveil the 2020 Chevrolet C8 Corvette. What are we expecting?

The Corvette Is Going To Be A Supercar

No matter what Chevy does with the mid-engined Corvette, one thing is for sure: the brand is going to wow us. There have been so many spy shots of the car it’s hard to imagine how it’ll really look like, though we expect a short nose because the engine is placed behind the front seats. It’ll also look more like a supercar than an American muscle car. It will also have the most advanced technology—a high-definition instrument cluster and screen—we’ll ever get to see in a Chevy.

The Corvette Is Going To Be Powerful

The C8 Corvette is powered by a traditional 6.2-liter, twin-turbo, V-8 that, by itself, can produce 850 horses. But rumors have it that the car will offer hybrid power, too, which means the possibility of an AWD setup and 1,000 horsepower or more. The sprint to 60 mph should take only three seconds while the top speed is at 220 mph. There’ll be no manual transmission and it will be dual-clutch only.

The Corvette Is Going To Try To Topple The Ford GT At The 24 Hours Le Mans

Sure, it might not be this year, but we’re betting the Corvette is going to try to put out the Ford GT at the 24 Hours Le Mans. It’s inevitable. Chevy didn’t wait almost seven decades to produce a car that won’t be able to battle it out with the likes of the Ford GT.

The Corvette Is Going To Wow Us During Its Debut

Chevy is going livestream its debut, and it’s also flying journalists all over the country to see the C8 Corvette in the flesh. Expect to see a great show that, much like the mid-engined Corvette, is seven decades in the making.

More Details About Range And Battery Of Upcoming Honda E

honda e

Honda revealed more details about its cute compact electric vehicle simply called Honda E. Although it is not intended for the US market, it’s still worth taking note that the Honda E will have a 50:50 weight distribution that is marked to provide ample breathing room for the car’s lightweight transition.

The first near-production prototype of the Honda E was shown at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show while the final version is scheduled to be revealed later this year to the European market. It is not clear yet why the Japanese carmaker decided the US market isn’t ready to receive the Honda E, but we’ll keep our fingers crossed for this plan to change.

The Honda E is less funky than the original Urban EV concept on which it is based. However, it retains most of the features that made that EV concept quite a star among car enthusiasts. The Honda E’s electric motor will deliver power to the rear wheels and the chassis features a four-wheel independent suspension.

The battery pack is a water-cooled 35.5-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion unit that is compatible with a Type 2 AC connection or a CCS2 DC rapid charger. The maximum range for the Honda E is pegged at 125 miles but the rapid charger can bring the car’s charge to 80 percent in just 30 minutes.

You can find the charging port on the hood. It features LED lighting to easily be distinguishable and for owners to see the charging status.

According to Honda, the company already received about 31,000 reservations for the compact EV. Most interested consumers are coming from the UK, Germany, France, and Norway. That number will easily increase so long as Honda brings the car to the US and even to other markets. While that remains to be seen, here’s to hoping the Japanese automaker sees the practicality in this.

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