The all-new Mercedes-Benz GLB crossover is now in the final stage of testing before the launch. Almost a production version has been captured by spies, which even looked into the cabin.
In the latest photos the GLB-Class is still in camouflage, but the compact SUV’s style is quite clear. The model looks more like a decreased Mercedes GLC than a baby-Gelandewagen, as some journalists called it before. The first prototypes were really wrapped by protective plastic panels, so the GLB seemed ‘square’.
In fact, the GLB-Class is developed on a compact MFA2 platform. Designers of Mercedes created it for compact front-wheel drive models. The size of the GLB-Class is between the GLA crossover, which is more like a hatchback, and the GLC mentioned above.
The interior’s photo is not very informative, but, probably, its design will echo the interior of the latest A-Class.
The motor range will include four cylinder engines. For Europe, diesel versions are expected. It’s still unknown whether the GLB will have a hot modification from AMG.
Since the Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class is positioned as a versatile vehicle, it’s worth waiting for full drive versions for a better feel on the dirt and shallow snow.
The GLB is likely to make its debut in the fourth quarter of 2019. The crossover will be manufactured at the Aguascalientes factory in Mexico.