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By Charl Bosch

Motoring Journalist

Mercedes-Benz rules out electric GLB or more powerful GLB 45

GLB 35 has been ruled out completely for South Africa

Mercedes-Benz has thrown out the possibility of the GLB going the electric route, or getting a more powerful version above the GLB 35.

According to Australia’s carsguide.com.au, the MFA2 platform the GLB shares with the A-Class hatch, sedan and the Chinese market A-Class Sedan L, as well as the CLA and forthcoming GLA, has not been designed to accommodate a mild-hybrid or plug-in hybrid drivetrain in its current form, and will therefore result in Benz’s smallest SUV being limited to petrol or diesel engines.

At the same time, Mercedes-Benz Australia representatives, when quizzed by the publication about the prospects of there being a GLB 45, confirmed that such a model will not be introduced as way of differentiating it from the GLA, which will once again spawn a ‘45’ derivative when its bows next year.

South Africa

Meanwhile, and in a blow for South Africans, Mercedes-Benz has stated that only two models will become available from the second quarter of next year; the petrol powered GLB 250 in front-wheel-drive guise, and the GLB 220d 4Matic. The aforementioned GLB 35 however has been ruled out completely.

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