Mercedes-Benz GLB will soon join the burgeoning SUV line-up of Daimler’s passenger car division offering a more off-road oriented alternative to the GLA. As well as a smaller scale interpretation of the iconic G-Class as revealed in AutoBild exclusive digital render.
Following BMW’s lead and its 2 Series derived Active Tourer and Gran Tourer, Mercedes-Benz will, predictably, fight back with a compact seven-seater of its own. But, in contrast with BMW’s decision to go the classic MPV route, Mercedes-Benz is reportedly preparing a bigger, more spacious brother for the GLA crossover.
Called the GLB and known under the X 247 internal code, the new SUV uses the same MFA2 platform which underpinning the A-Class and B-Class model families, inheriting their engine line-up and amenities.
Design-wise, the upcoming GLB can easily be summed up as a baby G-Class, boxy proportions, flared wheel-arches and vertical grille included. Two body variants will be offered with a smaller 5-seater and 120mm shorter wheelbase model expected to join the 7-seat GLB in the near future.
The ubiquitous high roof architecture and steeply inclined rear window coupled with the short overhangs are bound to free up sufficient space for luggage as well as a roomy interior.
Expected to offer an electronically controlled four-wheel drive system right from the outset, the new Mercedes-Benz GLB will likely be available in four-cylinder guise only. The three-cylinder engines expected to make an appearance under the bonnet of the A-Class and GLA siblings are out of the cards since they cannot be coupled with the current 4×4 systems found in Mercedes’ parts bin.
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