GLB idea previews a extra rugged Mercedes compact SUV

Mercedes-Benz already sells a GLA compact crossover SUV however for the automaker’s subsequent era of compacts we’ll see each a redesigned GLA plus a brand new GLB. A preview for the latter has been revealed within the type of the Idea GLB, which debuts on Tuesday at Auto Shanghai 2019.

The Idea GLB contains a boxy design that conjures up a picture of toughness, and at 182 inches in size the car can also be comparatively giant for a compact—Mercedes boasts there’s sufficient room for seven. Sadly, although, the idea, and sure the manufacturing mannequin as effectively judging by spy pictures, is not the mini G-Class we had been all hoping for.

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB spy pictures – Picture through S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

Inside, the seven seats are lined in leather-based with a chestnut brown end whereas orange accents dot the remainder of the cabin. The sprint format can be acquainted to anybody who has sat in certainly one of Mercedes’ newest compacts, although there are distinctive components just like the open-pore wooden trim and metallic accents that stretch to the customized grab-handles. Though the selection of supplies and a few of the options will possible skip the manufacturing mannequin, the overall format must be what we see in showrooms.

Mercedes hasn’t stated when the GLB will begin gross sales however the car is at present anticipated in showrooms later this 12 months as a 2020 mannequin. Manufacturing for North America will almost certainly happen at a plant in Aguascalientes, Mexico, the place Mercedes is already constructing the associated A-Class sedan.

Mercedes-Benz Concept GLB

Mercedes-Benz Idea GLB

Underpinning the GLB would be the identical MFA2 front-wheel-drive platform discovered within the A-Class sedan and the bottom powertrain, as previewed within the idea, must be a 2.Zero-liter turbocharged inline-Four with 224 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. A extra highly effective GLB35 from Mercedes-AMG is deliberate, and probably a high-performance GLB45 as effectively. Plug-in hybrid and electrical choices are additionally possible within the pipeline, with the latter to additionally include a singular physique model and an EQB designation.

Naturally, an all-wheel-drive system will function within the GLB. It would ship a lot of the drive torque to the entrance wheels throughout regular driving for larger effectivity however this could differ. Within the GLB idea, the all-wheel-drive system splits torque 80:20 front-to-rear in regular circumstances however can change to a 50:50 cut up when obligatory, similar to when off-roading.

Mercedes-Benz Concept GLB

Mercedes-Benz Idea GLB

Compact vehicles have confirmed to huge enterprise for Mercedes. Patrons snapped up 609,000 examples of Mercedes’ compacts in 2018, which accounted for 25 % of the automaker’s gross sales, and the quantity this 12 months is more likely to be even greater because of the arrival of a redesigned vary. No shock that Mercedes is increasing its compact lineup with new additions just like the GLB and aforementioned A-Class sedan.

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