According to AutoNews, these versions of the boxy-looking compact SUV “are likely” – but that’s all they have to say about that.
Still, if it were to follow in the footsteps of the new generation A-Class, then we expect two AMG derivatives: the GLB35 and the GLB45. The first one will probably have around 340 horsepower, whereas the second will serve as the range-topping member in the GLB range and boast more than 400hp.
The premium compact SUV, which is expected to act as a roomier alternative to the next-gen GLA, will probably gain a seven-seat variant as well. However, it’s not clear yet whether the three-row model will be offered in the United States, too, alongside the five-seater, which should go on sale in the second half of next year.
Production of the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB is said to commence at a new Daimler-Nissan joint-venture factory in Mexico. The facility will also be in charge of putting together the upcoming A-Class Sedan, which shares the same platform with the rest of the brand’s new compact models.
In the meantime, Mercedes continues testing prototypes of the GLB in various locations. Prototypes still keep their heavy camouflage on, but even so, the boxy design is still visible.
The GLB will be offered with most, if not all, the powertrains of the new-gen A-Class, and there is a good chance these will include hybrid and plug-in hybrid variants as well.