Mercedes Tipped To Position New GLB As Mini G-Wagen

Mercedes is anticipated to be preparing a new GLB crossover to slot in the narrow space between the existing GLA and GLC lines. Just how the German automaker planned on differentiating and justifying the model has remained a mystery, but the latest reports seem to have at least a possible (even probable) answer.

Autocar projects that the GLB will be positioned as something of a mini G-Wagen, adopting a more upright and rugged style than the incrementally smaller GLA and larger GLC. That would make the GLB a smaller counterpart to the G-Class as opposed to another increment in a cookie-cutter lineup of car-like crossovers, not unlike the way that the CLA is geared as a mini-CLS.

The design is expected to more on the design of the Ener-G-Force concept (pictured) that Mercedes revealed in 2012 than on the more coupe-like G-Code concept shown in 2014.

Styling aside, at about 181 inches long, it would fit size-wise in between the GLA (174”) and the GLC (183”). A longer version is also mooted for markets like the United States and China, packing an extra row of seats for seven-passenger accommodation. An off-road package would further emphasize its rugged approach.

A range of gasoline and diesel four-cylinder engines (produced either by Mercedes or the Renault-Nissan Alliance) would likely feature, with a plug-in hybrid and 300-horsepower AMG version potentially to join later on.

The GLB is expected to join a lineup of eight compact model Mercedes has in the works. Alongside it the A-Class, B-Class, GLA, CLA, and CLA Shooting Brake, we’re expecting to see a new A-Class sedan revealed in concept form next month in Shanghai. The final member of the family remains a question mark, but we could be looking at a two-door coupe to rival the Audi TT or the on-again, off-again prospect of an SLA roadster to slot below the SLK/SLC.

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  • Six_Tymes

    wow, this is a fantastic render. if they made this and it wasn’t too large like the hummer 2 was, everyone would want it.

  • Tumbi Mtika

    RWD?

  • Dennis Scipio

    Mercedes answer to the Ill-fated Hummer H3

  • Harry_Wild

    Design sucks! Looks like a Toyota EJ! I like a mini G-Wagon but this is totally Japanese looking version!

  • Nordschleife

    This design deserves to be the G-Class replacement. I get the model that turned into the GL/GLS was a bit understated but this is strong enough design wise to carry the G-Class name.

  • Benjamin B.

    By mini Merced Benz means to say the truck will be Jeep JK Wrangler Unlimited (4-door) size.

  • SteersUright

    Excited for this product. Sounds like a it has the potential to be a really cool SUV.

  • ZYGIUS

    I like G letter type Led form, very intriguing

  • Elmediterraneo

    5 models now
    – A 5 door hatchback
    – B
    – CLA 4 door coupe
    – CLA shooting brake
    – GLA

    8 models in the future
    – A 5 door hatchback
    – A 4 door sedan (for China)
    – B
    – CLA 4 door coupe (the shooting brake will be dropped off just like the CLS)
    – GLA (sport and compact crossover)
    – GLB (family and offroad oriented compact crossover)
    – SLA coupe (A-class based little AMG GT who can fight against the Audi TT)
    – SLA roadster

  • Belthronding Tinuviel

    looks weird

  • Wandering_Spirit

    Beautiful render

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