The GLB will slot between the GLA and the GLC.
Mercedes-Benz will introduce a crossover named GLB during an event taking place on June 10 in Utah. It previewed the next addition to its growing portfolio of high-riding models with a close-to-production concept car unveiled during the 2019 Shanghai auto show.
The German firm released a teaser video to preview the GLB. While it reveals little, the concept told us nearly everything we need to know about the model because the production variant will look almost exactly like it. That means its exterior design will borrow a handful of styling cues from the second-generation G-Class. It will be boxier than the GLC, and its front end will be a little bit taller. Its roof line will be more square, too, which will allow it to offer seating for up to seven passengers.
Inside, the GLB will be available with the MBUX infotainment system found in other recently-introduced Mercedes models. Upmarket models will also get a digital instrument cluster, and the two screens will be fused under a single piece of glass for a cleaner look.
Technical specifications remain under wraps. However, the GLB will ride on the same front-wheel drive platform as other compact Mercedes models, including the A-Class and the second-generation CLA. This tells us the model won't be offered with anything bigger than a turbocharged four-cylinder engine. However, it could spawn a hot-rodded, AMG-tuned model during its production run.
The Mercedes-Benz GLB will go on sale before the end of 2019. When it lands in showrooms, it will slot between the GLA -- which is expected to get a replacement in the coming months -- and the GLC. Pricing information hasn't been released yet, but we expect it will start in the vicinity of $37,000.