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The new crossover is likely to be bigger and more practical than the GLA crossover, but smaller than the GLC SUV

The Mercedes-Benz GLB is set to become the latest addition to the manufacturer’s SUV line-up after a test mule was spotted.

Mercedes is yet to officially confirm the model, but a production version is likely to sit above the Mercedes-Benz GLA crossover and below the larger Mercedes-Benz GLC SUV in terms of size.

The GLB, which is unlikely to launch before 2018, is a relation of the Mercedes-Benz B-Class MPV, but is likely to sit on the same platform as the Mercedes-Benz A-Class hatchback and GLA crossover.

This means front-wheel drive is likely to be standard on most models, with all-wheel drive an option on top-spec cars, while a similar engine line-up to the GLA is also expected.

The GLB would be a more spacious and practical SUV than the GLA, but would lie in quite a niche market with no direct premium rivals. Crossovers like the Audi Q3 and BMW X1 are more natural rivals for the smaller, style-focused GLA, while the Audi Q5 and BMW X3 rival the GLC SUV.

Mercedes' SUV line-up already includes the Mercedes-Benz G-Class, Mercedes-Benz GLE and GLS alongside the GLA and GLC.

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right_mr 27 March 2017

That's not a GLB, that's simply a GLA in the pic

Yeah, nice try. Those spy shots are actually of the regular bog standard GLA sadly.
gillmanjr 27 May 2016

Lock up your wives...

Because if there is a hole to fill, Mercedes is sure to fill it.
bol 27 May 2016

But what about the gap between the GLB and the GLC?


Then they'll need the coupe version with reduced practicality and increased idiot appeal.