AMG spices up the smallest Mercedes crossover.
Earlier this year, Mercedes-Benz revealed the all-new GLB-Class, a miniature G-Wagen with a more diminutive footprint and price tag. We knew it would not be long before an AMG version arrived and after a brief wait, the GLB 35 has arrived. Like its platform siblings, the A35 and CLA 35, the GLB 35 is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder producing 306 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque going out to 4MATIC all-wheel-drive through an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission.
Since the GLB 35 is taller and heavier than its sedan counterparts, 0-62 mph takes a half a second longer at 5.2 seconds but the top speed remains the same at 155 mph. But the engine isn't the only where AMG has made improvements to the GLB, this is a performance pocket rocket the whole family can enjoy.
The interior gets a new, AMG-specific steering wheel and the sport seats are wrapped in Artico man-made leather and Dinamica microfiber with red stitching and seatbelts. MBUX has also been changed with an AMG-specific flavor on the central screen and gauge cluster. Drivers can choose from three themes including "Classic," "Sporty," or "Supersport," as well as five AMG Dynamic Select drive modes including Slippery, Comfort, Sport, Sport+, and Individual.
A multi-disc clutch with AMG-specific electromechanical control splits the power from the front to the rear wheels, ranging from purely front-wheel-drive to a 50:50 percent distribution. The system can also use braking to keep the wheels from spinning during cornering or acceleration. Underneath, the suspension and steering response have both been tuned by AMG to deliver a sportier driving experience.
You can tell the AMG model apart from the base GLB via its AMG-specific grille, 19-inch wheels (with optional 21-inch wheels), front splitter, and rear spoiler. AMG will also offer a Night Package with gloss black accents. In the AMG transformation, the GLB hasn't lost any practicality. It still offers a third row with a 60:40 split second row and the ability to create a flat load floor. No details on pricing or availability were given but the GLB 35 is expected to arrive sometime in 2020 shortly after the base GLB hits dealerships.