Mid-cycle Refresh for both Model Types
These revised Mercedes-Benz models are undergoing trials in various regions of the world, even though they hold a similar external layout. Not the same, though. This one is a GLB-Class with a traditional gas-driven system while we are shown the electric EQB prototype for the first time.
This could leave some people curious, seeing how the EQB was released in the latter part of 2021 and designed as a 2022 model. We are already well into the year and yet we just had our first drive experience of the EV covered with a silver-hued EQB wearing a camouflaged film on both its front and back. The explanation for this rush could be due to much of the same benchmark features that were initially revealed. The GLB-Class is looking a bit decrepit now and clearly a mid-term upgrade would help it stay contemporary. Naturally, something must have been brewing to bring improvements to the EQB as well.
Gazing intently at the silvery EQB in the snow, it is possible to identify the same headlights as that on the existing model. The camouflage wrap causes it to be tricky to make out any body lines, implying that a totally flush structure, like that of the sleek EQS may be adopted. This one element was spared – the respected Mercedes-Benz logo situated in the center, which has been carefully obscured with black shading on this trial vehicle. In contrast, the Mercedes star adorning the hood appears not to have been hidden away.
In the rear, we come across an identical masking pattern to what was found on the GLB. It’s simply a small strip concealing the rear lights and central portion of the liftgate. This hides slight adjustments to the tail light appearance which we assume will also reflect alterations on the GLB too.
Discussing this more, the look for the GLB will diverge from that of its electric twin, albeit slightly. In particular, the grille will be raised rather than completely flush like it is today. However, other measurements like size should stay much the same, incorporating smoother edges around the corners. Additionally, the lower fascia may include slim slots connected to rounded vents similar in style to other vehicles from Mercedes. As far as headlights are concerned, though internal components could vary, their overall shape appears set to stay the same judging by the new EQB.
Whereas the EQB arrived in 2021, the GLB-Class has been around for a couple of years. The refurbished variants may have varying launch dates, but we should witness the introduction of the freshened GLB-Class by the year’s close. When the EQB will not be appearing alongside it, predict it to come shortly afterwards.