Mercedes-Benz is bringing the GLB Concept to the Shanghai auto show, a preview of the brand’s new compact crossover. The latest video teaser shines a light onto the car’s design.
In the literal sense of the word. Mercedes-Benz parked the GLB Concept in the dark and lets a headlight shine into the camera. The GLB is apparently given a relatively square lighting signature on the front and thus breaks the familiar more rounded look of its compact brothers such as the A and B-Class, which both have more elaborate headlights.
The Mercedes-Benz GLB is a rather angular compact SUV and with that mindset the car is reminiscent of the GLK of the past. The SUV will have a relatively upright windscreen, a flat hood and no ‘coupé-like’ roof line. The interior will of course closely resemble that of cars such as the A and B-Class, as already previewed in Mercedes’ teaser from last week, although the center tunnel in the GLB is not directly connected to the rest of the dashboard, like in its smaller peers.
At its introduction, the Mercedes-Benz GLB is expected to be available as the GLB 200, a version powered by the 1.3-liter four-cylinder turbo that can also be found in the Renault Megane, among others. In the GLB, the engine delivers 163 hp just like in the A-Class; the 107-horsepower variant will most likely be omitted from the GLB range, due to the low power output. The next step in the range will be the GLB 250, with a 2.0-liter turbo good for 224 hp and 350 Nm. Of course, diesel engines also make their appearance. In addition, count on the arrival of a sporty Mercedes-AMG GLB 35.