Mercedes-Benz’s all-new GLB SUV is finally getting its shape. The vehicle has been spotted once again, but in contrast to some earlier testing models that made us thinking the high-riding model could be a smaller version of the iconic G-Class, the fresh spy shots reveal something completely different. Judging by the spy shots, the 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLB will be much closer to the GLS. Of course, the testing model isn’t production-ready, so the final version could be totally different.
In any case, at this point, the 2019 GLB crossover is showing a GLS-based face with pretty much the same grille and headlights. The bodywork is pretty rugged, but we like the overall idea because there is more than enough sleek and sporty models available at the moment. The crossover has also a bit squared wheel arches and raised suspension, but don’t expect some wild and crazy off-road experience from the 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLB because it shares the MFA2 architecture with the GLA crossover. Still, it’s highly important to mention that the platform could spawn up to three rows of seating. The idea seems interesting, though we are not so sure whether the carmaker has such a plan for the GLB.
The SUV will, on the other hand, definitely host the new MBUX infotainment system, as well as some amazing safety features such as Active Distance Assist, Active Lane Change Assist and Active Emergency Stop Assist.
Under the hood, the all-new SUV will use a range of engines. The lineup will mirror the current A-Class model, so aside from a couple of gasoline and diesel units, the 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLB will also get a plug-in hybrid. Of course, the German car manufacturer won’t miss the chance to add the AMG-treated model as well.
The interesting crossover will be introduced either late this year or in the first half of 2019.