To the surprise of no one, the dashboard will be largely inherited from the A-Class.
The Mercedes GLK has been dead for about three years, but its spirit will be revived before the end of the decade as the three-pointed star is cooking up a new boxy compact crossover. We’ve spotted the GLB plenty of times already undergoing testing, but this is our first look inside the cabin. Having seen the new A-Class hatchback and its sedan buddy, the GLB’s dashboard design is hardly a surprise.
You are going to need a magnifying glass to notice the changes as the dashes are virtually identical from what we’re able to see so far. The framing of the center console does is a tad bit boxier and there might be some changes on the front passenger’s side not visible in this single spy shot we have. Although nicknamed the “baby G-Class,” the GLB will stay true to Mercedes’ new compact car family by using the fancy new dashboard design with the dual 10.25-inch screens.
Stepping outside of the prototype, the chubby look is indeed reminiscent of the defunct GLK but freshened up for the company’s latest design language. The old-fashioned halogen headlights certainly don’t do the GLB justice, but you can rest assured the new crossover will be offered with LED lights as with every other compact Mercedes.
Gallery: Mercedes GLB new spy photos including interior
As far as size is concerned, the GLB appears to be significantly larger than Mercedes’ entry-level crossover, the GLA. A long-wheelbase derivative could be in the pipeline as well considering the company already has a great number of LWB models for China, including the newly launched A-Class L Sedan reserved for the People’s Republic. With Mercedes eager to AMG all the things, it doesn’t come as a surprise a recent report states there will be more than just one performance version. GLB 35 and GLB 45 perhaps?
Already shown to dealers, the GLB-Class is expected to go on sale in the United States during the fourth quarter of 2019. Logic tells us it will likely be priced above the $33,400 GLA but below the $40,050 GLC. The U.S.-spec variant could be sourced from the same factory in Aguascalientes, Mexico where the A-Class Sedan comes to life.