The GLB-Class will put a boxy SUV body on top of Mercedes' compact vehicle platform.
Gallery: 2020 Mercedes GLB new spy photos
We have seen plenty of spy shots (see above) and videos of the GLB-Class, and they have given us a very good idea of what to expect from the new SUV. The tough-looking vehicle has more angular styling than the similarly sized Mercedes GLA, which allows for more interior room, despite the similar footprint. It also provides an alternative for buyers who don't like the GLA's coupe-like rear end.
Underneath the skin, the GLB rides on Mercedes' MFA2 concept for compact models like the latest A-Class and next-gen CLA. This allows all of them to share the same powertrains and tech. On European markets, customers would have the choice of a 1.4-litre turbocharged four-cylinder and a 1.5-litre turbodiesel, plus more powerful options.
Gallery: Mercedes-AMG GLB 35 Spy Photos
If that isn't enough for you, spy shots already confirm the development of a Mercedes-AMG GLB35 (spy shots above). It would share the A35's turbocharged 2.0-litre making a potent 302 bhp and 295 lb-ft. We don't know yet whether Mercedes also plans to create a full-bore GLB45 with over 400 bhp on tap, but the shared platform for the forthcoming A45 at least makes this a possibility.
On the inside, the GLB's dashboard will look a whole lot like the new A-Class by offering a pair of landscape-oriented screens for instrument and infotainment duty. We expect the rest of the interior appointments to reflect the GLB's more rugged demeanor by having different materials and trim.
Look for the GLB-Class to arrive in the UK in the third quarter of 2019.
Source: Auto Express