Rumours about the Mercedes GLB have been circulating for years, now a new report suggests that the crossover will finally arrive in 2019.
Reportedly codenamed the B24, Autobild says the model will be based on the next-generation GLA but features a boxier style, underbody protection and an increased ride height.
The Mercedes GLB will measure 4.55 meters long – which would make it around 122 mm longer than the current GLA. The additional length may not sound like much but the reports also claim that the GLB will have one of the largest cargo compartments in its class.
Despite the rugged styling cues, the GLB will come standard with front wheel drive. However, the company is expected to offer an optional off-road package which should beef up its all-terrain potential.
Under the hood of the Mercedes GLB, we can expect an assortment of turbocharged four-cylinder engines producing 185 kW, and there might be a couple of AMG variants with outputs around 220 kW and 331 kW. Rumors also hint at a plug-in hybrid variant and an electric version with around 400 km of range.
The crossover hasn't been green-lighted yet but it would reportedly be a seven-seater designed to battle the Range Rover Sport. I bet Mercedes is accepting this challenge (well obviously, I mean, would you look at the rims on that thing!)