Mercedes-Benz GLB Could Gain AMG Performance Versions

Mercedes appears to be really serious about the upcoming GLB compact SUV, which has a very good chance of getting AMG performance models.

According to AutoNews, these versions of the boxy-looking compact SUV “are likely” – but that’s all they have to say about that.

Still, if it were to follow in the footsteps of the new generation A-Class, then we expect two AMG derivatives: the GLB35 and the GLB45. The first one will probably have around 340 horsepower, whereas the second will serve as the range-topping member in the GLB range and boast more than 400hp.

The premium compact SUV, which is expected to act as a roomier alternative to the next-gen GLA, will probably gain a seven-seat variant as well. However, it’s not clear yet whether the three-row model will be offered in the United States, too, alongside the five-seater, which should go on sale in the second half of next year.

Production of the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB is said to commence at a new Daimler-Nissan joint-venture factory in Mexico. The facility will also be in charge of putting together the upcoming A-Class Sedan, which shares the same platform with the rest of the brand’s new compact models.

In the meantime, Mercedes continues testing prototypes of the GLB in various locations. Prototypes still keep their heavy camouflage on, but even so, the boxy design is still visible.

The GLB will be offered with most, if not all, the powertrains of the new-gen A-Class, and there is a good chance these will include hybrid and plug-in hybrid variants as well.

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  • LWOAP

    GLB 45 does seem likely.

  • CBV2020

    Is there really any further need to speculate on AMG performance variants? AMG is the most whored out house of them all. if there’s a new MB, AMG is in the plan because it’s money. I’m certain there will also be AMG variants of AMG produced vehicles. AMG needs to make condoms too.

    • AxlRock

      Haha! On point. AMG is no longer an exclusive part of Mercedes.

      • CBV2020

        Early 2000’s were the beginning signs of the end. They could’ve reeled it back in, but didn’t. It’s a great house, but greed tarnished it and you can’t make the over-saturation disappear.

      • Benjamin B.

        The new 53 mild hybrid models too

    • Vottek Mäxle

      I remember when people were putting fake AMG logos on their W202 C180s (which is actually quite poor *g*) because AMG meant something special. Today its like “Oh, you’re having an AMG too.”

    • javier

      who cares ? I mean who cares as long as the particular vehicles are really good, but yes that is another question and as an early adopter of a gla45 i have serious doubts particularly concerning value

      • CBV2020

        Apparently, three people focusing on the exclusivity factor so far, considering your comment is the first of four with a contrasting narrative. Personally, I enjoy the art of exclusivity, the exclaim experienced when my eyes rest upon something rare; rare as in an uncommon sight. That AMG touch, the exhaust note, the presence of heritage. It once had the unicorn effect. But perhaps you and I differ in that regard?

  • Bash

    This doesn’t interests me a bit.

  • Tumbi Mtika

    I-I honestly don’t even know what to say that @cbv2020:disqus hasn’t said.

    I mean, we went from hardcore German muscle cars, TO THIS! Fucking hell…

    I’m actually glad that Audi makes few RS models now. They keep their meaning because of how few of them that exist.

  • Erzhik

    As if anyone thought they wouldn’t. They give the A-class an AMG treatment. Why the hell wouldn’t they give this one?

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