Mercedes-Benz will soon release a new smaller crossover that will take styling cues from the iconic G-Class. Mercedes-Benz formally announced the new crossover, which will be called the GLB at its annual dealer meeting in Atlanta.

The Mercedes-Benz GLB will fill a spot between the GLA and GLC crossovers as a more boxy crossover that will be inspired by the G-Class. Mercedes-Benz previewed the GLB by showing off a preproduction version at the meeting. Greg Barnes, the chairman of the Mercedes-Benz Dealer Board told Automotive News that the GLB, “reminded me a little of the boxiness of the GLK. It’s a functional, small SUV, more of a people mover, whereas the GLA is sportier.”

The Mercedes-Benz GLB will likely ride on the MFA2 platform that’s used by the brand’s other front-wheel drive vehicles. The standard GLB will offer room for five passengers, but a third row seat will be optional to give it room for up to seven passengers.

The GLB will arrive in showrooms at the end of 2019, which means that it will be introduced as a 2020 model. Production will likely take place at the Daimler-Nissan joint plant in Aguascalientes, Mexico.

Source: Automotive News