Mercedes’ Compact Car Family Scooped At LAX

A handful of Mercedes prototypes have been spotted at the Los Angeles International Airport by Carscoops reader Nathan.

The first car is the group is the all-new B-Class which is expected to be unveiled at the Paris Motor Show this fall. This particular model is heavily camouflaged but previously spy photos have shown the MPV will retain its familiar shape while also adopting sleeker styling.

Sales of the B-Class have fallen nearly 50% since 2012 but Mercedes sales and marketing boss, Britta Seeger, recently said the company is committed to the model as it is in a “significant and promising segment.” It remains unclear if the redesigned model will help to increase sales but the car will have a significantly improved interior that echoes the A-Class.

It’s hard to see which model is parked behind the B-Class but it could be the GLB as previous prototypes have been spotted wearing similar camouflage. Regardless of what car is in the photo, the GLB will be an all-new crossover that will slot between the GLA and GLC. The model is expected to be unveiled next year and offer seating for up to seven people.

The B-Class and GLB will ride on the MFA2 platform which recently debuted on the new A-Class. Engine options should also carryover so we can expect a variety of petrol and diesel powertrains.

On the petrol side, there should be an entry-level 1.3-liter four-cylinder engine with 163 PS (120 kW) and 250 Nm (184 lb-ft) of torque. Buyers looking for something more powerful can expect a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder producing 224 PS (165 kW) and 350 Nm (258 lb-ft) of torque. There should also be a 1.5-liter diesel engine with 116 PS (85 kW) and 260 Nm (191 lb-ft) of torque.

Rumors have also suggested the GLB could receive a performance variant. If the model follows in the footsteps of the A-Class, there could be a GLB35 with around 340 PS (250 kW) and a GLB45 packing more than 400 PS (294 kW).

more photos...
  • Dr Strangefingger

    Yawn…

Hyundai Tucson N Line Wants You To Sit Up And Take Notice

The Hyundai Tucson N Line can be ordered with one of three different powertrains.

Koenigsegg Jesko Gets Pushed Out Of Palexpo Complex As It Departs Geneva

The 1,600PS Jesko needed a push to leave the car show, as it didn’t fire up its 5.0-liter V8 engine.

Facelifted Alfa Romeo Stelvio Spied For The First Time Inside And Out

The facelifted Alfa Romeo Stelvio has undergone some minor interior changes.

600HP Mosquito Supercar Wants To Become Czech Republic’s Brabham BT62

Just like the Brabham BT62, the Mosquito “street-legal race car” will have a seven-figure price.

New York City Says Its Saved A Ton Of Money With Its Electric Vehicle Fleet

The Big Apple is enjoying massive savings thanks to the limited maintenance and charging costs incurred by EVs.

Ford Took A Cheeky Stab At Tesla Model Y With Electric Mustang SUV Tweet, But Did Anyone Notice?

Ford will unveil its Mustang-inspired electric crossover later this year.

Tesla’s S3XY Family Is Complete But Are They Actually Sexy?

Deliveries of the Tesla Model Y will start next year with prices topping $70,000.

Part Batmobile, Part Off-Road Monster: Meet The Desert Storm Trophy Truck

It’s just a study, so it can be as bold, brash and brutal as its designers want it to. Plus it’d look nice in the Batcave.

These Are Some Of The World’s Most Popular Cars On Instagram

Perhaps all the Ford Mustang crashes make it so popular on Instagram….

Tesla Workers Lost Three Times More Days Off The Job Due To Injuries In 2018

The good news, as Tesla’s VP for environmental health and safety pointed out, is that no one died.