Mercedes-Benz is set to unveil the all new GLB SUV in the near future, and has begun road testing the vehicle. The GLB SUV is part of the German carmaker's plan to expand its small vehicle lineup to eight models, from the current range of five, by the year 2020.
The Mercedes-Benz GLB's styling does remind one of the Mercedes Ener-G Force SUV that was showcased at the 2012 LA Auto Show. The off-roader seemed to have been inspired by the G-Class, with futuristic styling.
The new GLB is based on a new modular platform called Modular Front-wheel-drive Architecture (MFA2), that will underpin other small vehicles from Mercedes such as the next generation A-Class hatchback, the all-new A-Class sedan, second-gen CLA sedan, CLA Shooting Brake, the new B-Class and the next generation GLA SUV.
With the new platform, Mercedes is able to accommodate front and four-wheel drive compatibility, three and four-cylinder engine configuration, manual and dual clutch gearboxes, and also five and seven-seat configuration.
The GLB SUV's styling will offer customers a good alternative compared to the expensive G-Wagon, and will be placed above the GLA in Mercedes' line-up. When launched – sometime during 2019 – the GLB will take on the BMW X1, and other models in this segment.
Speaking of the BMW X1, below is the high resolution image gallery of BMW's entry-level crossover, the X1.
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