2019 Mercedes GLB Sheds More Camo, Shows Off Its Boxy Lines

Mercedes has begun stripping the camouflage off the test cars of the upcoming GLB compact crossover, which were spotted doing some laps at the Nurburgring.

While we got a first glimpse of the GLB’s true shape in a previous scoop, the latest spy shots give us a much better look at the shape of the new Mercedes SUV. The GLB will be positioned between the sportier GLA and the bigger GLC, once it arrives in the market.

The boxy shape of the GLB will aid interior space and its overall practicality, not to mention it’ll leave some valuable breathing space to the sportier GLA.

The new Mercedes GLB will be based on the same architecture with the A-Class and it’s expected to offer room for seven passengers as an option. Over the previous months Mercedes’ upcoming addition to the range has gained the ‘mini G-Class’ nickname but overall the new SUV looks more like a shrunken GLS.

The interior is expected to share the same styling and layout with the A-Class, meaning a dual-screen setup that combines the instrument cluster and the new MBUX infotainment and is integrated nicely in a futuristic and premium-looking dashboard.

The engine range will mirror that of the A-Class, meaning a wide selection of diesel and petrol engines in Europe. US customers will be offered petrol engines only, with Mercedes also planning an electrified version as well.  There have been reports about the GLB being set to get at least two AMG versions, in the form of the GLB 35 and GLB 45.

Also Read: Boxy 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB Wants To Be Your Affordable Mini G-Class

Mercedes will build the 2019 GLB at the new factory in Mexico, jointly owned by Daimler and Nissan. The same factory will build the US-bound A-Class Sedan. Mercedes is expected to reveal the new GLB towards the end of the year, with sales set to begin in 2019.

more photos...

Image Credits: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien for CarScoops

  • K X J I ⚪️

    Suzuki has the official mini “G-Class”.

    • EM1

      I just want the brand new Sierra version of the all new Jimny in the US.

  • Bash

    I wanna see the interior actually.

    • Merc1

      It will look just like the A-Class.

      M

      • Bash

        Probably yes, but I have a hunch that the air vents will be a bit rectangular.

  • Merc1

    It looks good. It will sell like hotcakes for sure. The GLC might lose a few sales though.

    M

  • roy

    I don’t see the point of b class and glb existing at the same time

    • TheHake

      B is an MPV, GLB is an SUV.

      • roy

        Yes I know but considering the fact that mpv are not exactly the hot seller and people are going for crossoves, having a people mover like b class and glb at the same time doesn’t make much sense….. Of course this is Mercedes we are talking about ( cls/amg gt 4 door) so…

        • TheHake

          lol. NOW you’re getting it. 😉

  • Сафиуллина-Мохамед Рамазанов

    So this is the real successor for the GLK

  • botornot387

    So this is basically a true X1 competitor and the GLA is moving to X2 duty. Got it!

    • Rocket

      Not really since this will be pricier than the GLA.

      • botornot387

        So you’re overpaying LOL

Tesla Model X Driver Claims Car Went Homicidal All By Itself Crashing Into Parked Toyota

This incident involving an out-of-control Tesla Model X took place recently in Puerto Rico.

Next BMW 4-Series To Be Previewed By Concept At Frankfurt Auto Show

The new BMW 4-Series will probably be revealed in production guise in early 2020.

Porsche Type 64 Leaves Auction Unsold After “That’s $17 Million Not $70 Million” Bidding Blunder

RM Sotheby’s said by mistake during the live auction that bidding hit a record $70 million.

New Bugatti Centodieci Joins Unique Exhibit Alongside Past And Present Hypercars

The Bugatti Centodieci was unveiled last week at The Quail in Pebble Beach.

Mystery Porsche Panamera Turbo Prototype Looks Extreme, Could Pack 820 HP

This intriguing Porsche Panamera Turbo prototype brings an extreme aero kit, oversized ceramic brakes, and “crazy” sound.

Mark Webber Gives New Porsche 911 Carrera S Seal Of Approval

Former F1 driver Mark Webber took the latest Porsche 911 Carrera S for a spin down under.

Lewis Hamilton Wants To Be Challenged Consistently By Verstappen And Leclerc

Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton is looking forward to a proper title battle between himself, Verstappen and Leclerc.

2020 Mini JCW GP Got A Tan In California Over The Weekend

The JCW GP was part of Mini’s 60th anniversary celebrations, alongside the Cooper SE and other cars.

Ferrari To Expand GT Range But Won’t Chase Porsche Volume

Ferrari thinks 40% of sales could be due to Grand Touring models by the year 2022.

New Mercedes-AMG A45, CLA 45 Set New Pricing Heights For Compact Cars

The base A45 hatch starts at €56k, while the CLA 45 S Shooting Brake is the priciest of the bunch, at a whopping €66k.