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2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB
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  • Mercedes-Benz GLB
  • Year:
    2020
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  • 0-60 time:
    8 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed:
    155 mph (Est.)
  • Price:
    40000 (Est.)
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A shrunken G-Class?

Like most premium automakers, Mercedes-Benz took the crossover market by storm in the 2000s. In 1998, the M-Class joined the G-Class as the company’s second SUV, but since then the German carmaker launched no fewer than five crossovers plus a pickup truck. And Mercedes isn’t stopping here. According to recent reports and spy shots, the Germans are planning to launch a brand-new model called the GLB. Although the name suggests that it will slot between the tiny GLA and the C-Class based GLC (formerly known as the GLK), the GLB will be a bit different. Sure, it will fit between the two in terms of size, but unlike its siblings, it will have a boxy design inspired by the mighty G-Class.

Rumors about such a model surfaced back in 2012, when Mercedes unveiled the Ener-G-Force Concept at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Created by the company’s Advaned Design Studio in Carlsbad, California, it looked like a futuristic version of the G-Class and had a hydrogen-powered drivetrain. The rumors turned into certainty when a small but boxy crossover was spotted testing on public roads. With models like the GLA and GLC unlikely to ditch their sleek, sporty lines, the GLB remains the only option for a shrunken G-Class. Let’s find out what it may bring to the table in the speculative review below.

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2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB

A shrunken G-Class?

Like most premium automakers, Mercedes-Benz took the crossover market by storm in the 2000s. In 1998, the M-Class joined the G-Class as the company’s second SUV, but since then the German carmaker launched no fewer than five crossovers plus a pickup truck. And Mercedes isn’t stopping here. According to recent reports and spy shots, the Germans are planning to launch a brand-new model called the GLB. Although the name suggests that it will slot between the tiny GLA and the C-Class based GLC (formerly known as the GLK), the GLB will be a bit different. Sure, it will fit between the two in terms of size, but unlike its siblings, it will have a boxy design inspired by the mighty G-Class.

Rumors about such a model surfaced back in 2012, when Mercedes unveiled the Ener-G-Force Concept at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Created by the company’s Advaned Design Studio in Carlsbad, California, it looked like a futuristic version of the G-Class and had a hydrogen-powered drivetrain. The rumors turned into certainty when a small but boxy crossover was spotted testing on public roads. With models like the GLA and GLC unlikely to ditch their sleek, sporty lines, the GLB remains the only option for a shrunken G-Class. Let’s find out what it may bring to the table in the speculative review below.

Continue reading to learn more about the Mercedes GLB.

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Filling the Gaps: Mercedes New Naming System Analyzed

Filling the Gaps: Mercedes New Naming System Analyzed

Mercedes-Benz is planning some pretty major updates to the entirety of its product line. In a bid to fill every nook and cranny of the luxury auto market with some form of the three-pointed star, the company recently announced its intention to release eleven all-new models over the course of the next five years, which is in addition to ten new plug-in hybrids scheduled for release in the next three years.

To help sort through the glut of new cars, Mercedes has come up with a fresh nomenclature system that will be applied to all upcoming releases going into 2015. This system differentiates between vehicles via one to three upper case letters, which designate the car type (“GL” for SUVs/off-roaders, “CL” for four-door coupes, “SL” for roadsters, etc.) and core model series (A, E, S, etc.), plus lower case letters for the drive system (“d” for diesel, “h” for hybrid, etc.).

With this information in hand, we can breakdown the future model lineup with relative confidence, filling in the gaps as we go.

What new models will we see coming from Mercedes? Read on to find out.

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Mercedes Considers G-Class-Inspired Crossover for 2019

Mercedes Considers G-Class-Inspired Crossover for 2019

Mercedes’ aggressive company expansion isn’t slowing down any time soon. Already boasting of a handful of new models in its a number of its new models, Mercedes also appears to have an eye towards expanding of its oldest and most heralded lineups: the G-Class.

According to German newspaper Autobild, the German has set its sights on launching a more stylish crossover that will fall under the G-Class. Full details behind this proposed model are still sketchy, but it appears that the company plans to release this model in 2019 — a year after the next-generation A-Class arrives.

How is the A-Class relevant to this G-Class-inspired crossover? Apparently, the more lifestyle-facing G model will be built using the same platform of the next-gen A-Class. That’s an indication that this new crossover, which has been tentatively dubbed the "GLB", will have its own set of unique features. The most prominent, if there’s any validity to these rumors, is that the GLB will offer space for as many as seven people.

It’s a little confusing if you factor in those reports that next-gen A-Class’ platform will be used. Last we checked, the A-Class isn’t the big of a model, so it’ll be interesting how Mercedes uses that architecture on a seven-seat crossover, long wheelbase notwithstanding.

The new GLB, or Mini-G as Autobild refers to it, is also being touted as coming with front-wheel-drive system with an all-wheel drive version available as an added option. An optional on-or off-road package is also being prepared and last but not least, the GLB should cost slightly more than the GLA, which could retail at a base price of €29,000, just a little under $40,000.

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