After seeing nothing but camo-heavy prototypes, we finally caught a break thanks to this completely undisguised crash test model, and can unequivocally state that Mercedes‘ upcoming GLB crossover will not look anything like the G-Class.
In fact, if we go by its overall form factor as well as its roof and pillar design, it would seem the GLB looks more like a mini-GLS, which is disappointing only if you were expecting something either more utilitarian like the G-Wagen, or something more sporty.
The B-Class of SUVs
Despite it being surrounded by other test cars, we can also make out its headlight and front grille design, as well as what the taillights might look like (horizontal yet somewhat bulky), although not from all angles.
Yet, we’re not about to pass any sort of final judgement just yet, besides, some cars tend to not look their best when equipped with very small wheels, and every single body part is painted in the same color. The GLB could still surprise us. Hopefully.
Smart packaging, smart tech
Underneath its exterior lies the automaker’s MFA2 architecture, shared by the GLA, smaller compared to the GLB, which by the way, could spawn a 7-seater version – visually, there seems to be room for an extra row of seats on this very prototype.
Inside, rumor has it that the GLB will present itself in similar fashion to the all-new A-Class, at least when it comes to technology. This means boasting Mercedes’ new MBUX infotainment system, ambient lighting, dual-touchscreen displays and S-Class-worthy safety tech like Active Distance Assist, Active Lane Change Assist and Active Emergency Stop Assist.
As for its engine range, various units used by the all-new A-Class should be available, so we could end up seeing a GLB 180d, GLB 200d, GLB 220d, GLB 200, 250, an electrified variant and maybe even a Mercedes-AMG GLB 35, eventually.
So, when can I get it?
An official arrival date hasn’t been set, but it probably won’t go into production until 2019, with sales to likely start later in the year.