The Mercedes-Benz GLB is an upcoming crossover that will slot between the company’s smallest SUV offerings yet, the GLA and the GLC. The GLB is based on the new platform underpinning the latest A-Class. Spotted testing on public roads since 2017, the GLB will stand out compared to the GLA and GLC due to a much boxier design. The crossover is often referred to as the baby 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. Rumors about a new model surfaced 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.
Update 01/02/2019: We’ve caught the baby G-Class on camera as it stopped to take in a little fuel in Sweden. The GLB has moved a little closer to production, and we’ve finally been able to peek inside for the first time too. Check out our spy shots section below for all the details.