New Mercedes-Benz GLB Spy Shots Revealed
Mercedes-Benz GLB to bridge gap between GLA and GLC, rumours suggest – but what might this crossover model be like?
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Mercedes-Benz GLB spy shots add credence to rumours that the brand plans to expand its range of crossover vehicles. Nothing is confirmed, but a new model looks likely to sit above the GLA. The GLA is a crossover too – so it blends hatchback handling and running costs with chunky, off-road, looks – and is fairly compact.
For comparison, the GLA – which shares components with the Mercedes-Benz A-Class - measures 4,417mm long, by 1,804mm wide, by 1,494mm tall. It is slightly longer than a Ford Focus Hatchback (2016). The Mercedes has 5 seats, 5 doors, comes with front or 4-wheel-drive, has a 481-litre cargo capacity and costs from £25,260.
The Mercedes-Benz GLB has an existing big brother too. The GLC – which is based on the Mercedes-Benz C-Class – measures 4,656mm long, 1,890mm wide and 1,639mm tall so is slightly longer than a Ford Focus Estate (2016). Every GLC has 5 seats, 5 doors, a 550-litre cargo capacity plus 4-wheel-drive. Prices start from £34,950.
On this basis, the GLB – which rumours suggest is based on the Mercedes-Benz B-Class – fills the gap between the GLA and GLC. It is likely to have front wheel-drive in most forms, with all-wheel on high-spec versions. It is also reasonable to assume that external proportions and cargo capacity sit between its bedfellows.
Engines and performance
The A-Class and GLA share certain engines – as do the C-Class and GLC – so the brand might stick to this pattern and equip the GLB with power plants from the B-Class. Current options include the: 1,595cc 122hp petrol, 1.595cc 156hp petrol, 1.461cc 109hp diesel, 2.143cc 136hp diesel, 2.143cc 177hp diesel; and the fully electric.
When fitted to the B-Class of 2016, the petrol and diesel engines average between 47.9mpg and 70.6mpg, carbon emission vary from 104g/km to 132g/km, and they take between 7.6 and 11.9 seconds to propel motorists to 62mph. The electric engine, in contrast, hits 62mph in 7.9 seconds and its range is 124 miles per-charge (up to).
Mercedes-Benz GLB spy shots suggest it has a very large front grille, flared wheel arches, multi-contoured bonnet and muscular posture. Sharp contour lines start at the edge of the headlamps, move backwards along the wings, continue beneath the front door handles, then slide lower and stop close to the rear doors handles.
Availability and price
The Mercedes-Benz GLB looks set to launch in 2019, rumours hint. Naturally, the starting price is likely to be between the GLA and GLC. As of the current rates, a mid-point is approximately £30,000.