Mercedes-Benz will add to its compact automobile household in 2019 when it launches manufacturing of the GLB crossover — and a seven-passenger model is alleged to be within the offing.
The 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB will probably be constructed on the MFA2 platform that additionally underpins the model’s different small front-wheel-drive autos. However the GLB will differ from platform mates such because the GLA crossover with its styling.
Count on the GLB to get boxy, extra upright traces; the automobile has been described as a child G class. Latest spy pictures taken of prototypes testing in Scandinavia present these angular traces. Some inspiration additionally is predicted from the futuristic Ener-G-Pressure crossover idea proven in 2012 on the Los Angeles Auto Present.
The boxy form will allow most inside house for the automobile’s measurement. One other characteristic that may set it aside from the GLA, the model’s entry-level crossover: Mercedes is alleged to be growing a GLB with three rows of seats. Nevertheless it’s unclear whether or not a seven-seat GLB could be bought within the U.S.
The GLB is predicted to be constructed at a brand new Daimler-Nissan joint-venture plant in Mexico, with U.S. gross sales starting within the second half of 2019. That plant may even assemble the brand new A-class sedan, which shares the identical platform and can go on sale within the U.S. and different markets late this 12 months.
The A-class sedan and GLB will give Mercedes two new autos within the U.S. focusing on youthful consumers. The GLB is predicted to be priced greater than the A category and GLA however nonetheless within the mid-to-upper $30,000s. The GLB ought to draw from the identical engine lineup as the remainder of the model’s compact household. AMG efficiency variants are possible, as is an all-wheel-drive mannequin.