The new Mercedes-AMG GLB 35 celebrated its public debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show as the range-topping version of the German compact SUV, before the inevitable release of the even more powerful 45 model.
Those of you who liked the idea of an A35 but your lifestyle requires a lot more practicality, the GLB 35 offers everything you’d want in one attractive package.
This includes the same turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with the aforementioned A35, producing 302 HP (306 PS) and 295 lb-ft (400 Nm) of torque. Power is sent to AMG’s Performance 4Matic all-wheel drive system via an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission.
Straight-line performance is quite strong, with 0-62 mph (100km/h) coming in 5.2 seconds before hitting a limited 155 mph (250 km/h) top speed. There are five driving modes to choose from – Slippery, Comfort, Sport, Sport+ and Individual.The chassis also features an AMG-tuned suspension, new steering knuckles, tranverse control arms and more to ensure it handles as dynamic as it looks.
The exterior of the new GLB 35 features an AMG-specific front grille, alongside a new front splitter, a new rear bumper that hosts twin round tailpipes, a roof spoiler and a set of 19-inch five-spoke wheels finished in grey as standard. Mercedes being Mercedes offers a bevy of optional wheels that range in size up to 21 inches.
The AMG-specific styling continue inside, where we can find body-hugging sport seats dressed in black partial leather with red stitching and AMG displays for the MBUX infotainment system. A more aggressive multifunction steering wheel with a flat bottom section is also present, dressed in nappa leather.
Mercedes will offer the third row of seats as an option, turning the compact GLB 35 into a seven-seater SUV, the only one in its class right now. Other options include the adaptive AMG Ride Control Suspension.
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