Mercedes’ iconic G-Class SUV will undergo a complete redesign for the first time. The all-new vehicle will be introduced pretty soon, most likely at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show in January. Still, you probably know all this already. What you don’t know for sure it the carmaker’s plan to introduce one smaller and cheaper option. The baby G-Class SUV will reportedly arrive before the end of the next year as the 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLB.
To be honest, we highly doubt that Mercedes plans to build the vehicle on ant version of the body-on-frame platform. No, they will rather use the same MFA2 architecture that currently underpins the GLA. There will be some differences of course. The Baby-G will host a wider track and longer wheelbase for a better stability. The resemblance with the iconic G-Class will be influenced by the exterior styling. Yes, the 2019 GLB will get a boxy design and some styling cues, probably grille and bumpers. The MFA2 platform doesn’t promise too impressive off-roading abilities but definitely saves weight. As for the off-roading, we are pretty sure that Mercedes plans to add the characteristics or at least some of them.
Power will come from an array of engines for sure, yet the carmaker will not introduce any kind of V8 unit here. No, that’s too much. They will rather use four- and six-cylinder mills, both gasoline and diesel. The architecture can also support plug-in hybrid options, but that’s not going to happen right away. The MFA2 is a front-wheel-drive-based platform, yet the 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLB could offer an optional all-wheel-drive system.
Mercedes’ will bring the baby G-Class to North America for sure. However, don’t expect any kind of diesel here. No, that’s reserved for the rest of the word. As for the AMG variant, well we are sure it’s going to happen.