Mercedes-Benz GLB rumors have surfaced several times over the years, but apparently they’re finally coming to fruition. The GLB is slated to be a new compact SUV within the Mercedes-Benz portfolio, slotting under the GLC and offering a rugged look.
The report out of European publication AutoBild says the GLB is an approved product internally at Daimler and will be based on the GLA. Being based on the GLA means this will be a front-wheel-drive product in standard form, with a size that is slightly larger than the GLA. The bigger size will pair with rugged, G-Wagen inspired styling to differentiate it from the crossover-like GLA.
Despite its car-based roots, the GLB is also expected to offer all-wheel-drive and an off-road package to appeal to more traditional SUV buyers.
Power for the GLB will likely stem from Mercedes’ host of turbocharged gas and diesel engines, with the company’s new 2.0-liter turbo serving as one of the likely options. The report also says Daimler is planning plug-in hybrid and all-electric variants of the GLB, but those may not arrive out in 2019.
AMG is expected to have their way with the GLB as well, likely with a 450 horsepower variant using the 2.0-liter turbo engine.