The Mercedes-Benz G-Class, known by off-road aficionados as the “G-Wagen” has always been a proudly anachronistic, extremely rare, and extremely expensive off-road icon. With a price tag well above $100,000, it’s also fairly out of reach of most SUV buyers. However, the appeal of the G-Wagen’s boxy styling is not lost on Mercedes-Benz. According to British automotive site Auto Express, Stuttgart is planning on another addition to its already expansive crossover and SUV lineup with what it’s referring to as the “GLB”-Class.
The compact SUV will reportedly slot between the car-like GLA and slightly larger GLC in size. It will differ from both models with styling reportedly inspired by the Ener-G Force concept that many believed previewed the future styling direction of the G-Class. So far, the exterior appearance of the G-Class has remained largely unchanged since its debut in 1979, aside from some styling details and the addition of the portal axle–equipped 4x4-2 model.
Although the GLB may look like it’s ready to scale the Alps and traverse the wilds of Africa, it’s expected to be based on a unibody architecture that will be shared with the next-generation GLA. It is expected to be offered in front- and all-wheel-drive configurations, with a possible AMG derivative. In overseas markets, a Bluetec diesel is expected as an option. U.S.-bound models will likely be gasoline-only, with the possibility of a hybrid or plug-in hybrid model.
Source: Auto Express