Mercedes-Benz already has seven SUVs in its lineup, but it looks like it has one more ready to make its way in. Well, more like muscle inwards.
The debut of Concept GLB at the Shanghai Motor Show is a preview of a possible compact crossover utility in the future with robust features and some off-road capability.
The seven-passenger vehicle is sized between the GLA and the GLC and has a more square and bulky style than any of them. From its flashes of black fenders to its pronounced rocker panels and its elevated height, it seems to be an alternative future where Daimler-Chrysler never separated and Jeep merged with Mercedes-Benz.
The formula is similar to the one Ford uses to design a Bronco-inspired utility vehicle based on the Escape.
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In concept, the all-wheel drive GLB is equipped with a 4-cylinder, 8-speed dual-clutch turbocharged automatic transmission of 224 hp 2.0 liters and a total traction system that can be locked to divide the 50: 50 power between the front wheels and rear for high beam. Rails, spotlights and a storage box on the roof highlight your expeditionary intentions.
Following the spirit of the G-Class, the interior of the GLB is over dressed in leather, suede and authentic wood accents, and has a short instrument panel equipped with round vents and dual 12.3-inch screens as its big sister. Despite the small overall length of the GLB, Mercedes-Benz says that the third row can accommodate adults of "medium size", and the second row slides back and forth to customize the use of space.
Mercedes-Benz has not confirmed plans to put it into production, but noted that the original concept of GLA was presented in the same show in 2013 and was in theaters the following year.
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