As expected, the first-ever Mercedes-Benz GLB has received its AMG badges, in the form of GLB 35 4Matic. The GLB made its global debut in June 2019.
It sports the typical AMG looks with an AMG-specific radiator grille used for the first time in a 35-series model. Other distinguishing elements include front splitter, 19-inch AMG 5-twin-spoke light-alloy wheels, black spoiler lip at the rear, and a prominent rear apron with two round, single tailpipe trim elements. Up to 21-inch wheels are available as options.
Interiors get seats upholstered in Artico man-made leather, carbon fibre accents, AMG Performance steering wheel with AMG steering wheel buttons (optional), and AMG-specific display styles – Classic, Sporty, and Supersport.
The AMG suspension is tuned for high cornering speeds with a low tendency to roll. The complete redesign of components such as the steering knuckles and transverse control arms at the front axle, as well as the model-specific subframe and the wheel carriers at the rear axle, assist even more direct steering and increase lateral dynamics, Mercedes said. Buyers can go for AMG Ride Control suspension with adaptive, electronically controlled damping.
As for the braking system, the front axle is fitted with 4-piston fixed calipers and cast iron discs measuring 350 x 34 mm, while the rear axle has 1-piston floating calipers and 330 x 22 mm cast iron discs.
The GLB 35 4Matic is powered by a 2.0-litre (1,991 cc) in-line 4-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine, producing 225 kW (306 hp) between 5,800-6,100 rpm and 400 Nm (295 lb-ft) of torque between 3,000-4,000 rpm. An 8-speed AMG Speedshift dual-clutch automatic transmission sends power to all four wheels via 4Matic AWD system. 0-100 km/h (62 mph) acceleration is claimed to happen in 5.2 seconds, while the top speed is electronically limited to 250 km/h (155 mph).
The AMG Dynamic Select offers Slippery, Comfort, Sport, Sport+ and Individual drive programs. These modify key parameters, such as the engine response, transmission, suspension, and steering. Race Start (launch control) function is included as standard. It remains active as long as the accelerator is kept fully depressed.
The GLB 35 also gets an option of a third-row consisting of two additional individual seats, plus fore-and-aft adjustment of the second row. The second seat row has a 40:60 split. According to Mercedes, the seats in the third row can accommodate passengers up to a height of 1.68 metres in comfort.