Caught undergoing testing in Southern Europe, the 2021 Mercedes-AMG GLB 45 features a panamericana grille which is flanked by headlights that resemble those used on the near-production GLB concept. Further below, we can see three large intakes which appear to be separated by angular supports.
The crossover’s profile isn’t too sporty, but the model has been equipped with a sport-tuned suspension that appears to lower the ride height. We can also see AMG-branded wheels which are wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport 3 rubber.
Continuing to the rear, the GLB 45 has slender taillights and a sporty rear diffuser. There’s also a four-tailpipe exhaust system which distinguishes the model from the less powerful GLB 35 which has a dual exhaust.
Spy shooters didn’t grab interior photos this time around, but previous pictures have shown the cabin will echo models such as the A-, B- and CLA-Class. As a result, the crossover has a large horizontal slab with a digital instrument cluster and an infotainment system. Drivers will also find circular air vents, a stepped center console and familiar switchgear.
Of course, AMG models are all about performance and this is where the GLB 45 should excel. Like the A45 and CLA 45, the GLB 45 is slated to have a new turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. AMG CEO Tobias Moers has already said it will produce 414 hp (308 kW / 420 PS), but that’s believed to be the output of the S variant.
Regardless of the final numbers, the GLB 45 will be significantly more powerful than the GLB 35. That crossover will also use a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, but it will only be rated at 302 hp (225 kW / 306 PS) and 295 lb-ft (400 Nm) of torque.