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در June - 1 - 2016

Mercedes Adds New Crossover Into The Mix, To Be Called The GLB

When it comes to crossovers and already has a handful of them, from the and 4×4. That’s five different models, each with its own set of variants. But even if that amounts to more than 15 different versions, the German automaker is still adding one more model to the family, and according to Auto Express, it’s going to be called the GLB.

Predictably enough, the GLB will slot between the and the and will be offered as a small that will eventually compete against the likes of the and the The model will also fall under the family much the same way that the GLC is related to the and the GLE is a part of the That lineage could play a part in how the GLB is packaged, although recent spy shots taken of the crossover appear to also show some styling similarities with the GLA. The close link between the two models shouldn’t come as a surprise, especially if the GLB ends up using an extended version of the GLA’s front-wheel drive platform.

Mercedes hasn’t offered any specifics on the matter, but the company’s R&D chief, Dr. Thomas Weber, made it clear at the that the company isn’t shying away from building another crossover or SUV if there’s enough room for it within the company’s existing lineup. Given how in-demand these vehicles are on a global scale, the decision to add another to the family isn’t going to be hard to make.

Should the GLB get the green light from Mercedes, look for it to have its own variants, including gasoline, diesel, and a plug-in hybrid versions. A high-performance model, likely to be called the GLB 45 AMG, could also be included. A production timetable has not yet been made, but look for Mercedes to spend a few years developing it before launching it for public consumption. 2018 seems like a safe estimate for the car’s debut, although it wouldn’t come as a surprise if Mercedes holds off until 2019 or maybe even 2020 before officially launching the newest member of its ever-growing crossover/SUV family.

Note: Mercedes GLA pictured here.

Continue after the jump to read the full story.



Mercedes Adds New Crossover Into The Mix, To Be Called The GLB

When it comes to crossovers and already has a handful of them, from the and 4×4. That’s five different models, each with its own set of variants. But even if that amounts to more than 15 different versions, the German automaker is still adding one more model to the family, and according to Auto Express, it’s going to be called the GLB.

Predictably enough, the GLB will slot between the and the and will be offered as a small that will eventually compete against the likes of the and the The model will also fall under the family much the same way that the GLC is related to the and the GLE is a part of the That lineage could play a part in how the GLB is packaged, although recent spy shots taken of the crossover appear to also show some styling similarities with the GLA. The close link between the two models shouldn’t come as a surprise, especially if the GLB ends up using an extended version of the GLA’s front-wheel drive platform.

Mercedes hasn’t offered any specifics on the matter, but the company’s R&D chief, Dr. Thomas Weber, made it clear at the that the company isn’t shying away from building another crossover or SUV if there’s enough room for it within the company’s existing lineup. Given how in-demand these vehicles are on a global scale, the decision to add another to the family isn’t going to be hard to make.

Should the GLB get the green light from Mercedes, look for it to have its own variants, including gasoline, diesel, and a plug-in hybrid versions. A high-performance model, likely to be called the GLB 45 AMG, could also be included. A production timetable has not yet been made, but look for Mercedes to spend a few years developing it before launching it for public consumption. 2018 seems like a safe estimate for the car’s debut, although it wouldn’t come as a surprise if Mercedes holds off until 2019 or maybe even 2020 before officially launching the newest member of its ever-growing crossover/SUV family.

Note: Mercedes GLA pictured here.

Continue after the jump to read the full story.


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Mercedes Adds New Crossover Into The Mix, To Be Called The GLB

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