Daimler AG has confirmed production of the upcoming Mercedes-Benz GLB Class will take place at assembly plants in Mexico and China starting later this year. The two plants are positioned closest to the two biggest markets for SUVs: the U.S. and China.
Known as the ‘mini G-Wagen,’ the GLB is based on the MFA2 architecture that underpins Mercedes’ other front-wheel-drive products, like the CLA, GLA and new A Class. The GLB is intended to appeal to those who want more space than the GLA and prefer a vehicle with a more SUV-like appearance.
Aguascalientes, Mexico, and Peking, China will commence building the GLB Class sometime later this year with the intention of having them in dealerships by the end of the year. A full reveal of the production version of the GLB is expected at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September.
While the normal GLB Class is likely to be powered by Mercedes-Benz’s turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder, word is that an AMG option is coming as well. Assumed to be called the AMG GLB35, it too will likely be powered by a 302 horsepower variant of the 2.0-liter turbo, the same output found in the new A35 and CLA35.
There’s no word on when the AMG GLB will arrive, but if history is any indicator, it should show up early next year.