Mercedes-Benz GLB. Baby G-Class 7-seater here in 2019. Positioned between the current GLA and GLC, the new GLB offers a roomier, more off-road oriented alternative to the GLA.
The first prototypes are already testing as evidenced by our colleagues from AutoWeek.nl and their photo of a mule hiding under the body of the current GLA, visibly modified to match the streched wheelbase.
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. 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.
Design-wise, the upcoming GLB can easily be summed up as a baby G-Class, boxy proportions, flared wheel-arches and vertical grille included. The 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.
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.
It is interesting and wise that Mercedes-Benz decided not to go the classic MPV route to fight back rival BMW and the 2 Series Active Tourer/Gran Tourer. A bigger, more spacious brother for the GLA crossover should prove the winning bet, as global markets are more and more akin to SUVs.