The Mercedes-Benz MLC isn’t the only new model in the works from the German automaker.
With the assortment of new models BMW is attacking the luxury marketplace with, it’s no surprise that Mercedes-Benz is looking to fight back with a few new models of its own. We already know about the MLC, which will compete directly with the X4 and X6, but a new compact crossover version of the G-Class is currently scheduled to enter production in 2019.
The GLB-Class will mix the styling and design of the G-Class while sporting the proportions of the B-Class and dynamics of the GLA-Class. Originally going to be based on a modular small-car platform shared with Renault-Nissan, the GLB will likely be built on the MFA 2, a second-generation modular front-wheel drive platform. It will feature an extended wheelbase version with seating for seven and will be available in either front-wheel drive or with the brand’s 4MATIC all-wheel drive.
Powering the GLB will be entry-level three-cylinder engines from Renault, while a 2.0-liter diesel with around 200 hp will also be available. Those looking for more power will be able to opt for a turbocharged 2.0-liter gasoline engine with 272 hp and a twin-turbo 380-hp powerplant that will power the GLB45 AMG.
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