A few weeks ago Mercedes-Benz debuted an all-new SUV family, dubbed GLB (we carried that story on our site at the time). This week the company launched the apex model of that range, called the Mercedes-AMG GLB35.
The Mercedes-AMG GLB35 is powered by a 2,0-litre turbopetrol engine that develops 225 kW along with 400 N.m of peak torque; the latter figure is developed between 3 000 and 4 000 r/min. This is the same engine that Mercedes employs in the A35 AMG hot hatch. There are five preset driving modes for drivers to choose from. The five AMG Dynamic Select drive programs are: Slippery, Comfort, Sport, Sport+ and Individual. Each mode modifies key parameters, such as the response of the engine, transmission, suspension and steering.
This motor is mated with an AMG eight-speed, dual-clutch transmission, and variable all-wheel drive. A multi-disc clutch with electromechanical control allows a variable torque split that ranges from purely front-wheel drive to a 50:50 percent distribution between the two axles. Mercedes claims the mid-size SUV can sprint from 0-100 km/h in 5,2 seconds with the standard launch control program engaged.
A high-performance brake system with four-piston fixed calipers and cast iron brake discs are 350 mm on the front wheels, while the rear axle has single-piston floating callipers and 330 mm discs.
The new Mercedes-AMG GLB35 is set apart through model-specific design features. These include an AMG-specific radiator grille, a front splitter, a prominent rear apron, two round, single tailpipe finishers and an AMG roof spoiler. Standard 19-inch AMG 5-twin-spoke light-alloy wheels are painted in grey with a high-gloss finish.
In his own words
“With the new GLB 35 4MATIC we are extending our product portfolio by adding a highly attractive model for an active target group that attaches special importance to versatility. This also includes the optional seven-seater capability of our new compact SUV, though without having to sacrifice the genes typical of an AMG. Because in its segment, our GLB 35 likewise fulfils our brand promise of Driving Performance,” says Tobias Moers, CEO of Mercedes-AMG GmbH.