Preview of upcoming crossover model released ahead of Shanghai motor show unveiling.

Mercedes-Benz has teased the interior of the Concept GLB, which will make its global debut in Shanghai later this month.

It's no secret the German marque has a new crossover in the works, and given its 'B' nomenclature, it's also no surprise this interior sketch looks like it was lifted straight out of the new B-Class.

Up front the dashboard with be dominated by a dual-screen setup incorporating the driver's instruments and the infotainment system, running the company's new MBUX connected interface.

A minimalistic approach to physical buttons and dials will be employed too, as you can see with the single strip of switchgear below the large, circular air vents.

Mercedes-Benz hasn't given much detail regarding the concept, other than "more to come soon at Auto Shanghai 2019".

The Concept GLB looks to be a near production-ready version of the upcoming GLB crossover, which has been spotted numerous times during development testing recently (above).

Based on the same architecture as the A-Class, B-Class and CLA, the GLB will be a boxy, more practical member of the brand's compact model family, set to rival the likes of the BMW X1 and Volvo XC40.

There's even rumours of a three-row version, which would be a first for the segment, though there's no confirmation whether the GLB or B-Class (or both) will be available with seven seats.

Further details will come to light at the Shanghai motor show (which kicks off on April 16), though we do know the GLB will form one of the eight new model variants to be spun off the new compact platform – already including the A-Class (hatch, sedan and LWB sedan), CLA coupe and Shooting Brake, and B-Class.

The GLB will make seven, and the new-generation GLA should make eight. Stay tuned for our coverage of the Shanghai motor show in the coming weeks.