The 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB is the latest addition to the SUV family of the German carmaker. This vehicle, positioned between GLA and GLC, is coming next year. The company is giving small hints about its new compact crossover, and the latest one is a teaser image on the official site. Whatsoever, most other details are still unknown, including the exact release date and prices. The new model will offer three rows of seats. The design combines elements from all other models in the segment. So, we will find traces of GLA, GLC, as well as GLE and GLS. The new GLG will also share the same architecture.
The German company is speeding up the development and warming up stories with official pieces of evidence. All the major things about the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB are still unknown. We can be sure that the AMG version will follow the base model, but only as 2021 MY. The GLB will be available with a hybrid engine. The major rivals for the compact crossover SUV will come with Lincoln, Lexus, and BMW badges.
2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB Teasers and the Release Date
As far as we could learn, the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB will become available this summer. The company did everything pretty fast – from the first appearance, now up to launching. We saw the GLB at Shanghai car show. Recently, the company released a few teaser images. The latest info says the SUV is coming very soon – this summer. However, this period of the year is long, so we could see the new 2020 Mercedes GLB in September.
We know the SUV will offer three rows of seats. But, being positioned between GLA and GLC Classes, means there won’t be plenty of space. Neither spy photos or teaser images are solving this enigma. It looks like we will have to wait for a couple of months to see how designers imagined the SUV.
Base models of the new GLB crossover SUV will cost somewhere between $35,000 and $40,000. The vehicle will be closer to the price of the GLC model. Upper trim levels and their price will depend on drivetrains. Until we find out the entire lineup of engines, we can’t guess prices. A hybrid variant will increase the cost of over $50,000 that is for sure. The AMG is going even higher.
2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB Specs
Under the hood of the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB will be a 2.0-liter turbo-four engine. We can bet on it. However, it is still unsure what kind of power it is going to produce. We see this drivetrain creating the energy for GLC. But, the new model needs a fresh engine. That is why many experts believe the German carmaker will do the same thing as with the GLC AMG model. The big rig is getting a hybrid setup. In this case, the point is not on fuel economy, but on performance boost. On the other hand, the EQ Boost system will improve the mileage of the Mercedes GLB.
GLB AMG to be the 2021 MY
This is a safe stake. As all other MB’s SUVs and crossovers, the new vehicle will also go through an AMG treatment. The only thing we know about it is that version will come as 2021 model year. Mercedes will start testing it after the debut of the standard GLB. So, by the end of this year, we will have the first spy photos of the AMG model. On the other hand, the most important details will come in a year or so, when the company announces engine and its specs for this high-end SUV.
Of course, the AMG also gets a special design treatment. More aggressive, with a new look, Panamericana grille, and unique details, the vehicle will draw the attention of the younger buyers. On the other hand, the price is going to be the major stumbling block. If estimations are precise, the cost of the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB AMG will be over $60,000.
2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB Styling
We can often hear that the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB will be a baby G-Class. Well, its price estimations are following these words. On the other hand, the base models won’t be so luxurious. So, we expect a boxy SUV and shady teaser images are confirming that. The SUV was caught for a couple of times, but the test mules showed almost nothing. Heavy camouflage is hiding all important details.
The only thing we can guess is the size. It seems that the production version will use the same dimensions as the concept we saw in Shanghai. So, the 2020 Mercedes GLB will be 170 inches long. We really don’t know how the company intends to fit three rows of seats in this small crossover. On the other hand, the recent rumors are telling that Ford will try to do the same with its Escape crossover. Well, there will be a lack of space, definitely. But, we won’t regret buying the GLB because of its new MBUX infotainment system.