Though it will not be the baby G-Class we were all hoping for, a full release of its concept confirms the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class will fit a narrow, but necessary, niche.
The 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class will boast a delicate balance of rugged G-Class and soft GLA-Class with its rounded nose and sloped hood combined with a nearly vertical D-pillar, wheel arch extensions, roof-mounted LED spotlights, and rugged rubber. Showing this model will appeal to younger Mercedes-Benz buyers are the orange exterior accents on the concept model’s grille, badge, raised tire lettering, and more.
Inside, the concept previews a three-row setup for the 2020 GLB-Class. If this makes it to production, this will be the first time Mercedes has ever slapped a third row in a compact vehicle. The concept’s second row is also adjustable forward by 3.5 inches to allow more third-row legroom or cargo room and 2 inches rearward for extra second-row leg room. And extra space isn’t all that makes this cabin comfortable, as the concept also boasts Nappa and nubuck leather upholstery paired with open-pore walnut trim.
If the concept is any indication, we also expect plenty of tech inside the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB. The concept boasts widescreen displays for the instrument cluster and infotainment screen, while the Mercedes-Benz User Experience will make controlling these screens and other functions simpler.
Looking to the concept as a reference, we expect the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class to come standard with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that churns out 224 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. We expect this to pass through an eight-seed dual-clutch transmission on its way to all four wheels via permanent 4MATIC all-wheel drive.