Iconic luxury maker Mercedes Benz is busy revamping its portfolio now. The prototypes of various SUVs and crossovers from its stable are being tested nowadays. The upcoming 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLB class has been spied in recent times.
The SUV has been spotted with a full body camouflage giving a glimpse into the production-ready version.
2019 Mercedes-Benz GLB Exterior has similarity with the GLA model
The spy shots of upcoming Mercedes Benz GLB class indicate the rear end similar to most of the SUVs in the company’s lineup. The vehicle is based on the company’s popular MFA2 architecture. It will be a tad bigger than the GLA class.
The test car features LED projector headlamps and Led DRLs and these may be present in the final model too. The alloy wheel design may change in the final car though. Overall, the design will be boxier and feature sharper creases on the body. It will definitely be offered in some attractive exterior hues.
2019 Mercedes-Benz GLB Interior features a new MBUX infotainment system
Its similarities with GLA class also continue in the car’s cabin. The dashboard features MBUX infotainment system. The cabin will have space for 7 passengers as per the updates but a 5 seater version may also be available. There will be a few trims and a high-end AMG version will also be there.
Cargo capacity of the 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLB will be decent and there will be multiple USB ports and wireless charging points.
Safety and Amenities
The upcoming 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLB class will be a class-leading leading safety feature. The same is true about standard amenities. Most likely the company will offer several customization features including ambient lighting, premium sound system and heated seats.
The company may also offer some packages for the target buyers at extra costs. The dashboard is likely to have a touchscreen unit.
2019 Mercedes-Benz GLB Powertrain Expectations
The powertrain info of the new 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLB class is not clear. However, chances are there the company will make use of a new engine made in collaboration with Renault-Nissan alliance.
The 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLB will also get a new four-wheel drive system which is electronically controlled. Fuel economy of this SUV will be definitely better than in the GLA model.
Hybrid Engine Rumored
Rumors of the company using the hybrid engine as options are also doing the rounds. Some speculate that will get similar engine used in GLA model with great battery capacity and millage. However, some engines may not be offered in all markets.
2019 Mercedes-Benz GLB Price and Availability
The 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLB class may debut in the last quarter of 2018. The final pricing is unknown. However, the price may be little higher than GLA class lineup. So, you can expect a base price tag of $36,600 or so.
Summing it up
There is no denying the upcoming Mercedes-Benz GLB class is an important vehicle for the company. It will give the company a chance to stave off competition from contenders like BMW X1, Audi Q3 and Mini Countryman.
The design cues indicate at a boxy styling and the cabin is also likely to sport some changes. Certain details are not yet clear including the engines and final pricing. The newest model will sit between the company’s GLC and GLA class lineups. The company will do well by launching a PHEV version down the line.