2020 Mercedes-AMG GLB 35 SUV: Price, specs and release date
Mercedes’ chunky-but compact new GLB SUV gets the AMG performance treatment. Here’s everything you need to know about it.
306hp; seven-seat option
end of 2019
Mercedes says that its new AMG SLB 35 SUV combines driving pleasure with practicality and flexibility. A 306hp seven-seat performance SUV certainly implies that, with fast hot hatch pace married to the extra space and higher driving position you get in an SUV.
2020 Mercedes-AMG GLB 35 price and release date
Although there’s no official word on pricing for the new GLB 35, similar-engined hot versions of the A-Class (which is related to the GLB) cost around £35,000-£45,000, so you can expect something towards the higher end of that. The GLB 35 should be on sale at the end of this year.
Mercedes-AMG GLB 35 styling
The sporty styling uses the regular GLB’s AMG Line trim level as a base, but overlays extra-sporty AMG details on top. Most notable is the vertical-slat grille on the nose, which apes Mercedes’ faster AMG models. It’s a first for a ‘35’-badged AMG car. Further distinguishing features include a front splitter, rear apron a roof spoiler and twin rear tailpipes.
The sporting effect is continued at the sides with 19-inch wheels the sit in front of silver-painted brake calipers. Bigger, more badass, 21-inch wheels are also available as an optional extra.
Mercedes-AMG GLB 35 engine
The quick-shifting twin-clutch eight-speed gearbox feeds the 306hp from the 2.0-litre, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine to all four wheels, meaning you should get excellent grip and traction.
Mercedes-AMG GLB 35 performance and driving
The GLB 35 has four-wheel drive and a standard launch control function. That’s enough for 0-60mph in just 5.2 seconds. The twin-clutch gearbox helps to maximise traction, as does the four-wheel-drive system, which can be entirely front-wheel drive for fuel-efficient running, or can send up to 50% of power to the rear wheels in wet, slippery weather or in track-driving situations.
Braking performance should be good enough to rein in all that performance. The GLB 35 gets 350mm discs and four-piston calipers at the front wheels, and 330mm brake discs at the rear.
The GLB 35’s behaviour on the road can be adjusted using the AMG Dynamic Select functions. These are drive programs that vary the way the engine, gearbox, suspension and steering respond to your inputs, depending on how you want to drive. The Dynamic Select offers five possible settings: Slippery, Comfort, Sport, Sport+ and Individual.
Mercedes-AMG GLB 35 interior and infotainment
The performance focus of the GLB 35 is emphasised inside by sports seats upholstered in black Artico faux-leather and Dinamica microfibre, decorated with red stitching and seatbelts. Two optional Leather packages with a choice of two-tone upholstery complete the interior makeover.
The GLB 35 also gets Mercedes’ excellent infotainment system with its two large screens that appear to merge into one crystal-clear display. Its controls can be operated by voice, gesture control, the touchpad or the screen itself.
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