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2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class: Preview & Release Date

, Contributing Editor - October 31, 2018

Model Preview

Mercedes-Benz is working on its eighth compact model, this one the GLB-Class utility vehicle. The new model is slightly longer and wider than the GLA-Class, the automaker’s smallest SUV.

The GLB-Class is based on Mercedes-Benz’s front-wheel-drive modular architecture, which allows for available all-wheel drive. That architecture will underpin a new line of electric vehicles marketed under the EQ sub-brand. It also supports the brands’ A- and B-Class hatchback and sedan models.

With its slightly larger size than the GLA-Class, the Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class will naturally offer a roomier interior. The U.S. models will see gasoline engines and most likely be joined by a plug-in hybrid version further out. As for the available diesels, we’re not expecting these engines to make it out of Europe, however.

Spy photos don’t offer many surprises, although we’re expecting LED lights to dress most models. The GLB-Class looks boxier than the GLA and the rear pillars may be thicker. In all, the family resemblance should stay mostly the same.

Inside, twin 10.25-inch grace the dashboard, supplying this model with a modern and technologically pleasing design. The look coincides with the latest dashboard design found in other new Mercedes models, which supply both voice and touch control.

Pricing & Release Date

We expect the Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class to go on sale in summer 2019 as a 2020 model.

Our best pricing estimate pegs this new vehicle somewhere between the estimated $33,950 cost of the GLA SUV and the $40,700 price for the GLC SUV. Fully loaded models may approach $50,000.

Logical rivals include the Volvo XC40 and the BMW X2.

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