Mercedes GLB Is US-Bound According To Reports

May 02, 2017 07:00 AM EDT | Paul Urban

Mercedes is providing more options for its customers to provide the ultimate comfort they deserve. Mercedes GLB is recently making the rounds online for being an impressive cross between the smaller GLA and the bulky GLC.

What comes between A and C? Of course B, which is definitely a no-brainer if Mercedes were to name such compact crossover which is already being talked about. However, this may just be tentative moniker as other reports suggest. It is best to wait and see.

There are interesting news and updates leading to the Mercedes GLB. It is expected to look more rugged as compared to both the GLA and GLC. The first GLB is also expected to make its debut in September 2019 and will ride on a second-generation of the MFA platform. It is expected to be sold in the US which definitely comes as good news. US consumers will be treated with this unique crossover in two years time.

With this said, it means the GLB will have front-wheel drive layout as standard. It will share the underpinnings with A-Class, CLA, GLA, and B-Class. It may be powered by Renault-sourced turbocharged three-cylinder engines. The four-cylinder will optionally be paired with AWD 4MATIC setup.

It is also reported to be codenamed X247. To add to the interesting rumors circulating, there could be seven-seat version and optional off-road package to make it appear more rugged and take on any terrain seamlessly like a boss.

The Mercedes GLB is expected to compete neck-and-neck with Audi Q3. The GLB is part of a future eight-strong family of compact models which was announced by Mercedes chairman Dieter Zetsche at the Detroit Auto Show January of this year. It is reported to bank intensively on Ener-G-Force concept which was first seen at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show.

The Mercedes GLB may somehow be inspired by the Jeep Wrangler, taking on some tough military-inspired design. It also may take the cue from three-decade-old G-Class with a more modern concept derived from 2014 G-Code concept.

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