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2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB
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A baby G-Class for the masses

The 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB is a small crossover that slots between the company’s smallest SUV offerings yet, the 2019 GLA and the 2019 GLC. The 2020 GLB is based on the new platform underpinning the latest A-Class and B-Class, and was previewed by the 2019 Concept GLB at the 2019 Shanghai Auto Show. The GLB stands out compared to the GLA and GLC due to a much boxier design. The crossover is often referred to as the baby G-Class, despite sharing underpinnings with the tiny A-Class and B-Class hatchbacks.

Rumors about a new compact SUV surfaced all the way back in 2012 when Mercedes unveiled the Ener-G-Force Concept at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Created by the company’s Advanced 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, but the hydrogen drivetrain was dropped in favor of conventional engines. With one in three Mercedes-Benz cars now an SUV, and one in four a compact model, Mercedes-Benz thinks that a compact SUV like the GLB "combines all the success factors of the company’s highest-volume segments." Let’s find out more about that, shall we?

 

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2020 Mercedes-AMG GLB 35

2020 Mercedes-AMG GLB 35

Merc’s new performance crossover is primed and ready for its turn in the spotlight

The 2020 Mercedes-AMG GLB 35 is a higher performance version of the Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class, a subcompact premium crossover that slots between the tiny GLA and the compact GLC. Unveiled in 2019 with a variety of gasoline and diesel engines, the GLB is now available in a performance-oriented trim and with an AMG badge. Since a full-fledged AMG 45 model is not yet available, the 2020 AMG GLB 35 is the range-topping model of the GLB-Class lineup. The performance crossover comes with a familiar AMG 35 package that includes some extras on the outside, better tech on the inside, and a powerful four-cylinder engine that generates a robust 302 horsepower. Let’s find out more about this hauler in the review below.

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The Mercedes-AMG GLB35 - Little With a Big Heart

The Mercedes-AMG GLB35 - Little With a Big Heart

Higher performance, similar utility

It’s been only a few months since the Mercedes-Benz GLB went into production and the German firm already launched a higher-performance model. Called the Mercedes-AMG GLB35, this crossover slots above the standard model and below the upcoming AMG GLB45. Like all 35-series models, it looks slightly sportier than the base version and brings extra power and performance to the table. Let’s find out more about that below.

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Would a Mercedes GLB pickup sell in America?

Would a Mercedes GLB pickup sell in America?

Mercedes doesn’t make a GLB pickup, but if it did, it would look something like this

Pickup trucks are all the rage in the U.S. and have been at the peak of buyers’ preferences for decades. However, such vehicles are only really made by mainstream manufacturers, with few (if any) of the premium automakers in on this highly lucrative segment. But what if Mercedes made a pickup version of its new GLB small SUV? Would anybody actually buy such a thing?

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2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB

A baby G-Class for the masses

The 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB is a small crossover that slots between the company’s smallest SUV offerings yet, the 2019 GLA and the 2019 GLC. The 2020 GLB is based on the new platform underpinning the latest A-Class and B-Class, and was previewed by the 2019 Concept GLB at the 2019 Shanghai Auto Show. The GLB stands out compared to the GLA and GLC due to a much boxier design. The crossover is often referred to as the baby G-Class, despite sharing underpinnings with the tiny A-Class and B-Class hatchbacks.

Rumors about a new compact SUV surfaced all the way back in 2012 when Mercedes unveiled the Ener-G-Force Concept at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Created by the company’s Advanced 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, but the hydrogen drivetrain was dropped in favor of conventional engines. With one in three Mercedes-Benz cars now an SUV, and one in four a compact model, Mercedes-Benz thinks that a compact SUV like the GLB "combines all the success factors of the company’s highest-volume segments." Let’s find out more about that, shall we?

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2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB Quirks And Features

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB Quirks And Features

New Mercedes-Benz GLB seven seater challenges the norm with hot-hatch intensity, seven seats, four child-seat anchor points, and an off-road package

Packed in a more compact body even compared to the Nissan Rogue, the new 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB manages to find a unique point in space among SUVs, where no vehicles like it exist. It is a premium compact SUV - short, not enormous - that packs seven seats inside combined with the well-known Mercedes-Benz luxury and sophistication qualities. To put it clearly - BMW, Audi, Lexus, Infiniti, Cadillac, or Lincoln do not have a vehicle that could threaten the existence of the GLB.

Its sole competitors reside in the realm of cheap alternatives. If endowed with the right options, these compact SUVs can be seven-seaters - Land Rover Discovery Sport, Skoda Kodiaq, Nissan Rogue, and VW Tiguan Allspace.

The 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB, however, is the only premium entry in this tight segment - this is how it is better than anyone else.

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The 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB Seven-Seater Compact Crossover Is the New Official "Baby G-Class"

The 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB Seven-Seater Compact Crossover Is the New Official "Baby G-Class"

The new GLB mini-SUV is the largest and most rugged model in Mercedes’ line of compact cars

Previewed by the very revealing Concept GLB, the production version of the Mercedes-Benz GLB has now been officially unveiled and detailed. Its underpinnings are closely related to those of the A-Class hatch or the CLA sedan, but judging by its design and size, you wouldn’t really know they are related, at least from the outside.

The 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB was designed to fill the spot in the range between the smaller GLA (based on the same front-wheel drive-biased chassis architecture) and the larger GLC (essentially the SUV equivalent of the C-Class sedan). However, even though its wheelbase is shorter than that of the GLC, the GLB’s squared off design and tall greenhouse actually allow it to be perceived as the larger car.

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2019 Mercedes-Benz Concept GLB

2019 Mercedes-Benz Concept GLB

Merc’s baby G-Class is almost as big as the GLC

The Mercedes-Benz Concept GLB is a concept vehicle that previews a new crossover from the German company. As the name suggests, the GLB is the SUV equivalent of the B-Class compact; thus the production model will slot between the existing GLA and GLC, corresponding to the A-Class and C-Class, respectively. The concept vehicle was unveiled at the 2019 Shanghai Auto Show in near-production-ready form.

Notably larger than the GLA, the Concept GLB is actually almost as big as the GLC. But the crossover stands out through its boxy design cues. Although it’s not the baby G-Class it was rumored at first, it’s notably boxier than the coupe-styled GLA, and it also feels more utilitarian than the GLC. The concept features a production-ready design, it’s equipped with technology already available in Mercedes-Benz vehicles, and comes with a production four-cylinder engine under the hood. Let’s find out more about it in the review below.

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The Mercedes GLB Is Confirmed for Launch In 2019, Mercedes EQB to Follow in 2021

The Mercedes GLB Is Confirmed for Launch In 2019, Mercedes EQB to Follow in 2021

More compact crossovers incoming from Merc

The compact crossover segmentshows no signs of slowing down, and Mercedes is adding to the momentum with the promise of two new models, one of which is powered by gasoline, the other of which is all-electric. Dubbed the GLB and EQB respectively, the fresh nameplates are set to arrive very, very soon, as confirmed by Board of Management member Britta Seeger at the 2019 New York Auto Show.

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The 2019 Mercedes GLB Concept a New Boxy, Compact SUV

The 2019 Mercedes GLB Concept a New Boxy, Compact SUV

Shanghai auto show-bound GLB Concept previews new compact Mercedes crossover

Automakers have made it a habit to thinly disguise future production models with accessories, crazy rims, paint schemes, and interior materials, and that’s exactly what the Mercedes GLB Concept is. It essentially previews the production Mercedes GLB crossover that’s set to make its debut in production form in late-2019.

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Mercedes brings the GLB to the Nurburgring

Mercedes brings the GLB to the Nurburgring

Even the new compact SUV gets to taste the daunting ’Green Hell’

Mercedes-Benz is busy testing the new GLB-Class compact crossover SUV which is a boxlike alternative to the coupe-bodied GLA with which it shares the platform. The new model will arrive in the U.S. in the last few months of next year for the 2020 model year.

The GLB-Class is the one to have if you are the kind of person to look at the GLS-Class full-size SUV and think it’s too hefty for your needs but you dig the proportions. In other words, the GLB-Class is a compact SUV, smaller than the GLC-Class, that harkens back to the rugged styling of classic SUVs - like the G-Wagon - but is sized to be a practical city commuter.

Mercedes-Benz is almost ready to unveil the GLB-Class but, before it comes clean, the German automaker decided that another run at the Nurburgring is mandatory. Indeed, this crossover SUV isn’t one that would feel at home on a race track but manufacturers still learn a lot from pushing just about any car to its limits on a road course and the GLB-Class is no exception.

Keep reading to learn more about the GLB-Class’ latest trip to the Eifel Mountains

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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.

Click past the jump to read more about the Mercedes G-Class.

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