SPY - First sighting of a 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class (X 247) check prototype

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There isn’t a secret that, within the close to future, Mercedes-Benz will develop its compact automobile portfolio with further fashions. The MFA 2 front-driven platform, that may underpin the forthcoming technology of compact-sized automobiles carrying the Three-Pointed Star, will provide extra versatility and higher dynamics, with at the least three model new fashions to be premiered, amongst which the A-Class Limousine, A-Class Cabriolet and the GLB compact SUV are value mentioning. We channel our consideration to the intensively rumored GLB-Class 4×4 mannequin, which was not too long ago photographed, for the primary time, carrying the ultimate manufacturing physique. Up till now, engineers have been testing the powertrain and different technical bits utilizing a modified GLA (X 156) mule.

The longer term GLB will sit alongside the GLA within the compact lineup. Internally codenamed X 247, the brand new mannequin might be extra of an SUV than a crossover, in comparison with the X 156 sequence. Its exterior styling might be closely impressed by the Ener-G-Power idea from 2012 (see HERE) and, after all, the up to date G-Class (W 464) which is about to bow someday this 12 months, more than likely in H2. The silhouette is anticipated to be boxy, with a number of curvy, widened physique panels that may give the compact SUV its rugged seems.

If the longer term GLA is meant to develop into extra of a way of life crossover, the GLB can have its personal robust factors: higher offroad capabilities due to the improved 4MATIC system, improved cabin and boot area, higher practicality and an iconic, extremely distinctive design that’s set to show heads on the road. All in all, the X 247 could be undoubtedly be referred to as a mini G-Class. In keeping with newest rumors, the general size is not going to exceed Four.60 meters, the trunk will boast a loading quantity of 500 litres and the inside might be organized as to supply room for as much as 7 passengers.

Energy will come from a lineup of latest small-displacement petrol and diesel engines developed in partnership with Renault. Excessive-end fashions may use the brand new M264 petrol engines that are arriving this 12 months on the brand new E-Class. Anticipate a sporty Mercedes-AMG mannequin to be provided for the GLB as properly. The entry degree mannequin may very well be the GLB 180 d, which might be powered by a 1.5-litre, Four-cylinder diesel unit and might be rated at 109 hp, or probably, 120 hp. Different variants would possibly embody the GLB 180, GLB 200, GLB 220, GLB 200 d and GLB 220 d, which can mirror the GLA lineup. The range-topping mannequin will more than likely be the GLB 250 4MATIC, powered by the M264 engine and able to round 220 hp. The all-wheel-drive 4MATIC platform might be customary on high-end fashions, however will probably be provided as an possibility for the lower-end variants the place the front-wheel-drive configuration would be the customary tools.
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