After revealing the interior last week, Mercedes-Benz has now teased the exterior of their new GLB Concept with a video showing it hiding in the jungle. The only thing it allows us to see is the squared headlamps. However, if you want a better look at the compact SUV, our spies also came across a prototype of the production model that will follow later this year, with the new shots added below. (Updated 4/9/2019)
The (first) announcement is accompanied by a teaser image, which provides a glimpse inside the show car, revealing an almost production-ready interior with the MBUX dual-screen setup as the dominating feature.
Elsewhere, there are three air vents in the middle of the dashboard, climate control settings right underneath and a large stowage space further down, just like in the scooped prototypes. The study also gets a three-spoke multi-function steering wheel, electrically adjustable front seats with memory function and other equipment that will be detailed in due course.
Slotting between the GLA and GLC, the GLB is a rather boxy-looking compact SUV, akin to the discontinued GLK. It’s expected to use a variety of four-cylinder petrol and in some markets, diesel engines too, coming from the rest of the brand’s compact models, and will also receive two AMG versions, the GLB 35 and GLB 45, with more than 300 and 400 horsepower, respectively.
A plug-in hybrid variant, as well as a fully-electric model, probably under the EQB nameplate, are believed to be introduced later on.
Mercedes could unveil the production GLB as early as this September, during the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show, before launching it in selected markets in the first quarter of 2020 as a rival to the BMW X1, Audi Q3 and Jaguar E-Pace.