Our spy photographers have caught the Mercedes-Benz GLB yet again, with the mules wearing less camouflage this time. The all new model is essentially a more practical version of the GLA, similar to the positioning of BMW’s X1 and X2 at the bottom of the premium SUV market.

Although our spies say that the boxier styling has been inspired by the ginormous G-Class, we see more elements of the more modern and even bigger GLS in the design, albeit in pint-sized form. With much of the hard disguise removed, we can see the angular headlight clusters, squared-off wheel arches, the more upright glasshouse and broad two-piece tail lights.

Elsewhere, we can expect the GLB to feature Mercedes’ latest interior look with a large two-screen display panel and circular air vents, much like what we’ve already seen on the new A-Class. Rumour has it, the SUV will be offered in five- and seven-seater versions, the latter with a longer wheelbase.

The GLB will ride on the second-generation Modular Front Architecture (MFA2) shared with the new A-Class hatch and sedan, B-Class, CLA and GLA, and will likely utilise the same turbo engines as the A-Class. These include a Renault-sourced 1.3 litre petrol engine and Mercedes’ own 2.0 litre petrol and 1.5 diesel mills, all with four cylinders and available with seven-speed dual-clutch transmissions.