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Mercedes' Baby Off-Roader Coming Sooner Than Expected

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Your G-Wagon 'lite' is almost here.

After revealing a nearly production-ready concept version of the GLB in Shanghai, we knew it wouldn't be long before Mercedes-Benz revealed the real thing. Initial rumors stated the production GLB would make its debut in September at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show in Germany, but Mercedes-Benz has now revealed a very different reveal date and location. The GLB will, in fact, make its debut on June 10, 2019, in Wanship, Utah in the United States, so we can now say the earlier rumors were incorrect.

Mercedes says: "The GLB marks the launch of the first compact SUV that can function as a spacious family car at the same time: It is the first Mercedes-Benz in this segment that is optionally available as a seven-seater."

Mercedes has already published a teaser image (pictured above) of the production GLB, which looks very similar to the concept car. The teaser also said the GLB will be "intelligent like a smartphone and as practical as a multitool!" We assume the production car will ditch chunky BF Goodrich all-terrain tires and the built-in roof lights, but the overall design should be the same. Ditto for the interior, which looked remarkably production-ready for a concept vehicle. Mercedes may tone back some of the orange accenting from the concept's interior but we expect the layout to remain unchanged on the production car.

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Engine choices aren't too much of a mystery - we expect the base GLB to be powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder producing around 225 horsepower. There should also be AMG flavors of the GLB in both 35 and 45 guises, the latter of which should produce 416 hp from AMG's latest four-cylinder engine. Mercedes expects the GLB to be a hot seller in the US - hence the reveal event in Utah - and we can't wait to drive a compact SUV with G-Wagon styling for a fraction of the price.