2020 Mercedes GLB Spy Debut: Meet The GLA’s Bigger, Boxier Brother

After years of rumors, these spy shots right here are our first solid proof of Mercedes-Benz developing the upcoming GLB compact SUV.

The test car was spotted undertaking some cold-weather testing, wearing a heavy camouflage that includes not only the usual swirly wrap, but also fake body extensions on areas like the bonnet and the rear roof section in a bid to keep its true shape under …wraps.

The new Mercedes-Benz GLB will be based on the same MFA2 architecture used in the upcoming A-Class and eventually GLA models, which means that there will be the usual powertrain sharing between them , including the updated range of Mercedes and Renault-Nissan Alliance four cylinder diesel and petrols.

The new GLB will offer a more practical and roomier cabin than its GLA sibling while the dashboard will feature the same big displays the new A-Class will be using, as shown in the pics. Look closely and you’ll notice the face instrument cowl trying to hide the twin-display setup.

The new Mercedes GLB is expected to make its debut sometime in late 2019, with the development still in its early stages, so expect to hear more in the coming months.

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  • Vanquish

    its odd they didnt release this before the GLA, it probably would have been more successful

    • lagunas3ca

      Good point, considering the GLC outsells the GLA 2:1

  • baofe
  • Merc1

    This is the just the GLK all over again. Look at the shape.

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    • Ermal Morina

      Which is great cuz some people really digged the looks of the GLK. Including me…

  • Ruel Lewis

    Another unnecessary car. Whats next, the GLD,F,G…..Z?

  • GE90man

    But why tho

  • MuhammadSameh

    i think this would be called GLA and the current GLA’s successor would be called GLA Coupe, sounds more inline with Mercedes naming strategy

  • So Merc caters customers who want a GLA but more boxy boooooring looking and possibly get charge more?

  • YUDHA BAGASKARA

    is the car will rival X2?

    • Cobrajet

      It will rival the X1, the GLA rivals the X2.

  • SteersUright

    I personally love boxy SUV/Crossover whatevers as to me they look more purposeful than when trying to make them too sleek and snoopy. A boxy “baby” G-class would/could be an awesome alternative to a Jeep Wrangler if MB could pull it off at similar pricing.

    • TheHake

      G-class based anything will always be way more expensive. But they last forever.

      • SteersUright

        Meant like a “mini” G-class. Lets say a heavily modified GLA with a boxy “Jeep-ish” or G-class-ish style body and some decent off-road chops. Sort of how Land Rover has the Range Rover high end but also the Discovery too (even though I hate its “sleek” new looks). Or how Hummer had the H1 but then still had the still quite capable and tough-looking H3. A mini-me of sorts if you will :). Anyhow, wishful thinking. But, I though I had read MB was looking at a “mini” G-class for about $40k and I hope they do it! Love me some boxy, big-tired, lifted from the factory SUV/CUV/Trucklets!

        • TheHake

          It would be great! I’d just love if SOMEONE would just make a decent, off-road capable small SUV. With low range. And no, the Renegade doesn’t count. It’s a Fiat 500.

  • Belthronding Tinuviel

    This is going to sold like hell.
    Classic boxy design shape of the car feels / looks classy and pretending to be much more elite than GLA.
    That idea sounds really good and profitable,it must be coming from marketing department.

  • Elpatore

    This is the silhouette the Jeep Renegade Should’ve had.

    I like the idea of a baby G, and I hope mercedes tries more Ener-G-Force inspired styling in this.

    • TheHake

      Baby G, baby! Yeah!

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