- Will be another entry-level SUV along with the GLA-Class
- The boxy design might resemble the G-Wagon
- To be built on the new MFA2 platform of the new A-Class hatchback
Mercedes-Benz’s product line-up is perennially on an expansion spree and the latest car to join the portfolio is the Mercedes-Benz GLB. The idea of a GLB SUV has been floating around for quite some time now with test mules of the car being spotted testing in Europe, Mercedes’ homeland.
Just like the B-Class hatchback accompanies the A-Class as the entry-level Mercedes, the GLB was thought to be a rather utilitarian alternative to the sporty GLA SUV, meant to cater to the varied tastes of buyers in the same price bracket.
The test-mules of the GLB have shown us a rather boxy design – a remnant of the first GLK-Class which has now been discontinued and replaced by the curvy GLC. We would love it if it turns out to be a smaller rounded version of the G-Wagon according the grapevine.
What we can confirm, however, is that it will be built on the new MFA2 platform that has been developed for the all-new A-Class and all future front-wheel driven Mercedes cars. It is said that the new GLB will go on sale in Q4 2019 in the United States, soon after its European debut. With the Indian car market becoming more lucrative over time for entry-level luxury offerings, Mercedes would like to bring out the GLB to compete with the likes of the Volvo XC40 and the BMW X1, which have now outgrown the GLA in terms of size.