Mercedes-Benz already has seven SUVs in its lineup, however it seems to be as if it has yet one more able to squeeze its approach in. Nicely, extra like muscle its approach in.

The Idea GLB debuting on the Shanghai Auto Present is a sneak peek at a possible future compact crossover utility with rugged options and a few off-road functionality.

The seven-passenger car is sized between the GLA and GLC and has boxier and bulkier styling than both of them. From its black fender flares to its pronounced rocker panels and raised proper peak, it seems to be from an alternate future the place Daimler-Chrysler by no means broke up and Jeep merged with Mercedes-Benz as a substitute.

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The system is just like what Ford is utilizing to design a Bronco-inspired utility car primarily based on the Escape.

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In idea type, the all-wheel-drive GLB is provided with a 224 hp 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder, 8-speed dual-clutch computerized transmission and an all-wheel-drive system that may be locked to separate the ability 50:50 between the entrance and rear wheels for gentle off-roading. Rails, spotlights and a storage field on the roof spotlight its expeditionary intentions.

Within the spirit of the hardcore G-Class, the GLB’s inside is overdressed with leather-based, suede and actual wooden trim and has a brief dashboard fitted with spherical vents and twin 12.3-inch shows identical to its huge sister. Regardless of the GLB’s small general size, Mercedes-Benz says the third row can match “medium-size’ adults, and the second row slides fore and aft to customise using the area.

Mercedes-Benz hasn’t confirmed plans to place it into manufacturing, however did level out that the unique GLA Idea was unveiled on the similar present in 2013 and was in showrooms the next 12 months.

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