We have seen a fair amount of spy images of the forthcoming GLB crossover and while a full reveal is expected later in 2019, Mercedes-Benz will use the upcoming Shanghai Auto Show to showcase the GLB Concept which will provide further clues as to what to expect from the production version.
Underpinned by the A-Class, the GLB will fit in between the GLA and GLC in Merc’s crossover lineup to take on rivals such as the Jaguar E-Pace, BMW X1 and Audi Q3. It’s boxier shape will provide the necessary space for carrying passengers and it will be powered by a range of petrol and diesel engine options with 2 AMG versions also expected in the form of the AMG GLB 35 and the AMG GLB 45. An electric GLB is also expected at a later stage.
Exact engine specifications have yet to be confirmed but you can expect a turbocharged 1.4-litre and 2.0-litre petrol engine and a 1.5-litre turbodiesel engine in conjunction with a 7-speed dual clutch automatic transmission. The AMG-flavored variants could offer as much as 225 kW (GLB 35) and 300 kW (GLB 45), but we will just have to wait and see what the boffins at AMG will bring to the table.
As for the interior, the teaser image of the GLB Concept you see here shows a near-production interior with clear similarities to the A-Class. Note the large dual screen MBUX infotainment interface as well as the familiar layout of the air vents and the shapely 3-spoke multifunction steering wheel.
We will provide further details of the GLB Concept when it's revealed at the Shanghai Auto Show later this month, so stay tuned.