Mercedes' Baby G-Class Spied Testing for the First Time

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

Rumored for years, the Mercedes-Benz GLB is finally taking shape.

Now that the new Mercedes-Benz G-Class is getting ready for its production debut, it’s time for the German automaker to work on the baby version of the SUV. This is the first time spy photographers have caught the GLB testing, based on the next-generation A-Class. Expected to come to market sometime this year, the GLB will be offered with three rows of seating, allowing it to carry up to seven passengers. Unlike the GLC, GLE, and GLS models, however, the GLB is more angular and boxy, following in the footsteps of the legendary G-Class design.

Our spy photographer says the prototype measures 4.60 meters (15.1 inches) and will offer a trunk volume of around 500 liters (17.7 cubic feet).

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Since the GLB shares its platform with the A-Class, expect it to have similar powertrain options with four-cylinder gasoline and diesel engines under the hood. It will also likely be priced around the $35,000 range, allowing it to fill the gap between the existing GLA and GLC crossovers.

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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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  • Jack Woodburn Jack Woodburn on Jan 10, 2018

    The only thing cool about yet ANOTHER ubiquitous crossover are the temporary "opera windows"...

  • Perry F. Bruns Perry F. Bruns on Jan 10, 2018

    "Our spy photographer says the prototype measures 4.60 meters (15.1 inches)..." Your conversion table is borked. What is all that in hectares per hogshead? Also, they've done a great job disguising the test mule as some sort of Landau edition Dodge Caliber.