New Mercedes-Benz GLB Looks More Mini-GLS Than G-Wagen In Best Photos Yet

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 Mercedesupcoming 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.

To put it mildly, it’s a very simple design, not as sleek as the GLC’s, not as sporty as the GLA’s, but something that could very well turn out to be Mercedes‘ blandest-looking crossover.

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.

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Photo Credits: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

  • Sébastien

    seems way too long

    • Benjamin B.

      I love it! It’s a more functional and far boxier GLA. I love boxy cars. Long live the two box design!

      • TheHake

        YOU’RE a box! 😉

  • Yanis Benchara

    What are the other vehicules ??

    • lagunas3ca

      Looks like an A-Class and C-Class Cabrio.

      • Yanis Benchara

        the A class with the orange deflector is probably the A class sedan for US

        • Matt

          I think that’s a reflection, not a reflector.

      • Autoexperte

        and C-Class estate

    • no25

      whats a vehicules? never heard of one

      • Yanis Benchara

        vehicles , edited 🙂

    • Erick Sn

      I guess it is B class wth long wheelbase cz they confirmed new compact 7 seaters

  • Nordschleife

    Looks like something that would not sell well in the US from these pics.

    • javier

      7 seaters don’t do well in the US?

      • Nordschleife

        They do but not this small and the shape is not really appealing from these pics.

    • Matt

      Because orange cars don’t sell well Stateside?

      • Nordschleife

        Lol.

  • PK

    i’m just curious how tall is going to be. taller than the bmw x5 and x7?

  • Front looks like previous generation VW Tiguan…

    • Christian Wimmer

      I had the same initial thought!

  • Shahul Usman

    Was hoping for a small boxier car

  • Autoexperte

    the new GLS or GLE (with new format), because of the size

  • CADOX

    Photo quality ain’t great but from here the proportions remind me of the 2018 Renault Koleos.

  • MarketAndChurch

    This would probably sell more, and allow Mercedes to also sell it in the US and China, than a large MPV.

  • Elmediterraneo

    Makes a lot of SUV’s but can’t make an Audi TT rival. I would love to see an AMG SLA 45 Coupe.

  • Erick Sn

    My assumption, GLB will have 7 seaters option. It is unclear picture on last one, but rear seat belt are there on D-pillar

  • JL T0x

    so…maybe a rugged upscale Chevy HHR. But with optional AWD & the possibility of a bonkers AMG version.

    How many HHR’s would Chevy be selling if it were still being made today.

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