There are few secrets in the automotive industry no matter how hard automakers try. Spy photos, patent filings, and a few smart super sleuths can reveal a car long before an automaker officially announces it. So, we knew when Mercedes began a teaser campaign for the 2020 GLB-Class SUV the official reveal was close, but we didn’t know how close. Mercedes will reveal the GLB, its compact SUV offering, Monday, June 10, at a special event in Utah.
Spy photos of the SUV, which will allow for up to three rows of seating, show a subdued design. It’s a far cry from the rumoured baby G-Class as the GLB takes a more traditional approach to its styling. However, the long bonnet, short overhangs, and the boxy rear end are reminiscent of the Mini Cooper when looked at from certain angles. Inside, the GLB will have seating for up to seven people, as shown in a new teaser Mercedes released on its Facebook page.
While Mercedes is keeping its cards close to the chest, we do know a bit about the new SUV. The Mercedes A-Class platform will underpin the GLB, which means it’ll borrow heavily from the A-Class’ parts bin. Powertrain options should be similar or the same, including Mercedes’ new M 139 turbocharged 2.0-litre mill with 416 bhp that should power the AMG GLB 45.
Gallery: 2020 Mercedes GLB new spy photos
The 2020 Mercedes BenzGLB-Class is just the latest addition to the ever-expanding Mercedes lineup. The company has revealed a handful of new products in the last several months, bolstering the portfolio with a slew of vehicles of various sizes and prices. The GLB will give Mercedes an entry-level crossover offering that’s packed with technology and, depending on the trim, performance, too. We’ll have more details next week when Mercedes makes the GLB official.
World première of the Mercedes-Benz GLB in Utah, USA
Stuttgart/Wanship, Utah. On 10 June 2019, the Mercedes-Benz GLB celebrates its world première in Utah, USA. 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-Benz offers all prospective buyers around the world the opportunity to witness the world première on the communication platform Mercedes me media.
The GLB world première together with many more highlights from Product Management and Design will be available on 11 June from 10.00 a.m. (CEST) at https://media.mercedes-benz.com/GLB2019. Press materials, photos and films about the new Mercedes-Benz GLB can also be found on the Mercedes me media platform at this link.