Think of it as a baby G-Wagen.
Although it’s been rumoured for some time, we haven’t heard much lately about the status of a supposed baby G-Wagen from Mercedes-Benz. Basically the small, premium SUV market is extremely hot right now, with the ignition being traced back to the Range Rover Evoque. Obviously Mercedes wants in on the cash, so now we’re hearing that finally things are moving forward. Set to launch in 2019 is the new GLB and sources claim it’ll feature styling somewhat inspired by the Ener-G Force Concept, which debuted in 2012.
Basically, it’ll be a visual mix between the G-Class and that concept, but with "B-Class proportions and GLA-Class dynamics." It’ll also only feature one body style: a long-wheelbase seven-seater. The GLB will likely be based on Mercedes’ upcoming platform that’ll underpin the next-gen A- and B-class. Front-wheel-drive will come standard and the automaker’s all-terrain 4Matic 4x4 system will be optional. Both diesel and gasoline engines will be on offer, in Europe at least, and a GLB45 AMG is being planned with a 380 horsepower, twin-turbo 2.0-liter under its hood.