The small Mercedes GLB could become one of the most important SUVs of the automotive market. The main opponent will be the BMW X2, built on the Mini's platform, while the GLB will have the same base (MFA2) as the next generation of mercedes Class A and GLA.

2019

Mercedes will show the GLB in 2019. In conjunction with the high roof and the steep tailgate, the 14.7 ft long GLB has enough space for a foldable or removable third row of seats. The largest boot of the segment is created as a five-seater. The GLB is based on the E-Class, and the highlights include the steering wheel with its two touchpads and the large touchscreen in the center console as a replacement for the Comand controller.

Future technology

Large wheels and the optional off-road package with a bad-track chassis are suitable for short trips in light to a medium-heavy terrain. But for the real off-roader, there is a lack of ground clearance and limited differentials. All-wheel drive also usually costs extra. GLB is doing much better on the road. The second generation of the front-wheel drive architecture is more flexible for dimensions, lighter, stiffer and equipped for future-oriented technologies. These include further steps towards autonomous driving, the 9-speed dual clutch transmission or a new rear axle design.

Engine

The Mercedes GLB has a four-cylinder engine with 1.6 and 2.0-litre displacement. The German brand is particularly proud of the torque optimized diesel engines, which of course meet the strict EU6d emission standard.

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The petrol engines are better fed with 190 to 252 hp. For the GLB 43 AMG, 300 hp is the order of the day. The Biturbo of the GLB 63 AMG produces around 450 hp, although it remains to be seen whether the high-revving engine will make its way into the Mini-G at all.

An e-vehicle

A plug-in hybrid and a pure E-model (H 243) are also planned. The combination of 2.0-litre four-cylinder and 50 kW electric motor drives the front axle. The electrified rear axle supplied by ZF has more power, delivering 70 kW to the energy fund. In the electrified Baby-G, the SUV's battery, weighing 600 kilograms and at least 60 kWh, is located deep down between the axles. For the weakest version, which is expected to deliver 150 kW, a range of 248 miles is announced. What the E-version will cost depends on the current battery prices. The combustion engine models are expected to start at around $54,000.