Mercedes-Benz GLB SUV comes with styling similar to the G-Class and takes inspiration from Ener-G Force concept; underpinned by MFA2 platform
Mercedes-Benz’s GLB SUV, the baby G wagen, has been spotted as the German luxury automaker started road testing the upcoming vehicle. The auto major has given the GLB a G-Class like styling, but the distinctiveness is clearly visible. The Mercedes-Benz GLB is inspired by the Ener-G Force concept displayed at 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show.
The Mercedes Ener-G Force SUV concept was designed to produce a G-Class like tough off-roader that is smaller in shape. The GLB caught testing looks in line with it as the German brand left no stone unturned in shaping up its dream baby SUV. This car comes as part of Mercedes-Benz’s plan to expand the small vehicle fleet to 8 from current 5 by 2020.
The Mercedes GLB is based on the MFA2 (Modular Front-wheel-drive Architecture) platform. It is expected to come in both five-seater and seven-seater layout. Interestingly, the same MFA2 platform underpins several other models of the brand that include the new-generation A-Class hatchback, new A-Class sedan that is about to be unveiled at Geneva Motor Show, second-gen CLA sedan, new-generation B-Class and GLA SUV as well.
Speaking about the design, the Mercedes GLB gets chunky looking front and rear bumpers, sharp LED headlamps with LED daytime running lights in line with the modern Mercedes cars. A large and aggressive looking front grille enhances the appeal of GLB, while at the side profile the SUV sports large alloy wheels, flared wheel arches and body cladding.
The high strength steel used to built the new platform makes the GLB lightweight and tough. This SUV will come available in both front and AWD drive system. On the powertrain front, it could come with both three-cylinder and four-cylinder engine options, while transmission option will include manual and dual-clutch gearbox.