The new Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class continues its gradual striptease of removing camouflage ahead of a future debut. This spy video also provides another glimpse inside the boxy SUV, in addition to providing a great look at the exterior.
The GLB-Class is Mercedes' answer for anyone who wants a compact, premium crossover but prefers a more traditional, utilitarian appearance than the GLA-Class offers. The one in this video appears to have all the final production parts, but they are underneath camouflage. The vehicle has an upright aesthetic, including a broad, flat grille and rectangular headlights. These cues combine to create a crossover that looks like a shrunken version of the much bigger GLS-Class.
The GLB-Class will ride of Mercedes' MFA2 compact vehicle platform that underpins models like the A-Class and GLA-Class. This will allow the SUV to take some tech from these vehicles. For example, the brief look inside the cabin in this video shows a wide screen that looks straight out of the brand's other small vehicles.
The powertrain range would also come from Mercedes' compacts. This means that potential customers can expect a range of turbocharged four-cylinder engines, including diesel choices for Europe. Performance-oriented AMG variants are also a possibility later in the model's life. Base models might come with front-wheel drive, but expect higher level trims to be all-wheel drive to fit with the vehicle's utilitarian nature.
The GLB-Class will likely debut in 2019. A dealer presentation already confirms that the boxy, little SUV arrives in the fourth quarter of 2019.The GLB-Class will be built in Aguascalientes, Mexico at a new factory resulting from a tie-up between Daimler and Nissan. The factory also produces the A-Class Sedan for the region.