The German luxury carmaker is coming with a completely new model for the next year. It will come as the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB and it looks like it will come with plenty of brand-new design solutions. Given the fact that the company’s lineup is already full of crossovers, this model will come with lots of unique characteristics in order to stand out.
Although based on the B-Class, it will come with a significantly different approach in terms of the styling. Many see this model as a baby G-Class, but the fact is that the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB won’t have too many things in common with the famous SUV either. All in all, it will be very interesting to see the new crossover without the camouflage, in its final shape. The new model is still in the testing stage but should be ready for production in the next few months.
2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB Redesign
When it comes to base design characteristics, it’s no hard to guess that the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB will be based on an MFA2 platform. It will share lots of mechanical parts with the new GLA. However, count on a completely different approach in terms of the overall design. Before the testing model appeared, many believed this will be a downsized version of the famous G Class. However, the new model isn’t that rugged at all. It’s not hard to see that this is a typical crossover. It does come with lots of angular shapes, but its overall shape resembles the model called GLK, which was in production between 2008 and 2015. It was practically replaced with the new GLC compact crossover.
2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB Styling
The 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB will be a pretty unique crossover. From what we can see on the camouflaged model, the new crossover will feature mostly sharp lines, unlike the rest of the company’s lineup. The testing model has been spotted for a couple of times. So far, we know that its shape will resemble the GLK crossover, which ended its production several years ago. Interestingly, it will come with a completely new design language, different from what we can see on models like GLA and GLC.
Despite the camouflage, we can clearly see that the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB will come with its own front face, with new headlights, different grille shape etc. The rear end also comes with a pretty interesting design approach. The tailgate is almost vertical, which isn’t the case on most small crossovers. In practice, this will mean more practicality compared to rivals, especially in terms of cargo space functionality. Of course, taillights will also come with a pretty unique shape, to fulfill the model’s distinctive styling approach.
2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB Interior
At this point, the cabin of the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB is still a mystery. So, we must rely on rumors and our own predictions. While some reports suggest a unique interior design as well, most experts believe that the new crossover will heavily rely on the new GLA crossover. The main reason is probably production costs. So, count on a dashboard design that is characterized by a large panel that features an integrated digital instrument cluster and a touchscreen. Typically for the new generation of the company’s crossovers, the dashboard is also characterized by distinctive round air vents and several more details. In terms of functionality, the new 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB will be more spacious on the inside, compared to the GLA. Due to a boxy rear end, the second row will feature more headroom, while the cargo area will feature not just more volume, but more usable space as well, which will even allow loads of some larger objects.
2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB Engines
Under the hood, the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB should come with the company’s familiar units. The first engine that comes to mind is a familiar 2.0-liter turbo-four, which delivers 224 horsepower. Outside North America, base models will probably feature a smaller 1.5-liter engine, which delivers 116 horsepower. We count on a new 2.0-liter diesel engine as well. It debuted in the new, third-generation B-Class and it comes in two output variants.
The base version is good for about 150 horsepower and 235 pound-feet of torque, while the more powerful variant delivers around 190 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. Although it probably won’t be ready for the initial launch, an electrified version should come in the near future as well. Of course, we are talking about a plug-in hybrid model. An all-electric version won’t come that soon.
2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB Release Date and Price
The new 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB may be in a late stage of development, but latest reports suggest it won’t come that soon. Most likely, it will hit the market in late 2019 or early 2020. In terms of the price, base models will probably go somewhere between 35.000 and 40.000 dollars.