Mercedes-Benz‘s crossover family may gain a new member, dubbed GLB, which could slot between the current GLA and GLC.
The Germans reportedly trademarked the new moniker that will be used on a beefed-up version of the B-Class, which will ride on a slightly extended adaptation of the front-wheel drive platform that already underpins the MPV, A-Class hatch, CLA and GLA.
Mercedes-Benz‘s Research and Development chief, Thomas Weber, isn’t worried about possible cannibalization and states that “there is always room in the lineup” for additional vehicles, underlining that the SUV segment is increasing: “Is there room for additional SUVs? Why not?“, the official said, according to AutoExpress.
The automaker is said to separate the GLA and GLB in terms of design, as the former focuses on style, and the latter on practicality, offering more boot space and a slightly larger cabin.
If the GLB gets the green light, expect it to share most powertrains with the brand’s other FWD models, offering the GLB 200 and GLB 250 petrol burners, along with the GLB 200d and GLB 220d diesels. A range-topping 45 AMG variant is not out of the question and neither is a plug-in hybrid. Power will be sent to the front wheels, in cheaper models, while more expensive versions could benefit from the 4Matic AWD system.
Note: Mercedes-Benz GLA Concept pictured