Mercedes-Benz is rumored to reveal a brand new member of its compact car family this summer. The GLB-Class is set to become the most rugged model to be based on the platform of the A-Class with a boxy SUV shape and raised suspension. We’ve seen several prototypes out testing and now it’s time do a virtual striptease and take off the camouflage to preview the overall picture.
Looking at the attached rendering at the top, the vehicle somehow reminds us of the GLK-Class that preceded the GLC-Class we all know today. It was a boxy SUV with a macho appeal looking somewhat more prepared for off-road adventures than Mercedes’ SUVs of today. The GLB is expected to offer the same overall design approach with shorter overhangs and more refined lines added to the mix.
Gallery: Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class rendering
Aside from the rugged looks, the GLB will be a typical member of the A-Class/B-Class family. It will ride on the automaker’s MFA2 platform which means it will share a lot with the rest of the brand’s compact car lineup. For example, most of the interior will be inherited from the B-Class including the two 10.25-inch digital screens controlling the MBUX infotainment system.
Depending on the market, the vehicle will be offered with a number of turbocharged gasoline and diesel engines. The GLB is expected to reach U.S. showrooms in the fourth quarter of this year and to be built at Daimler-Nissan’s new factory in Aguascalientes, Mexico.
Most likely, the American version of the car will gain the A-Class Sedan’s 2.0-liter turbo with 188 horsepower (140 kilowatts) and 221 pound-feet (299 Newton-meters) of torque. European customers will also get a smaller 1.4-liter turbo unit and a 1.5-liter diesel sourced from Renault-Nissan.