Published on August 30th, 2019 | by Subhash Nair0
Mercedes-AMG GLB 35 Confirmed. 7-Seats, 306 Horsepower
To noone’s surprise, Daimler has announced their first AMG-tuned version of the all-new GLB, the Mercedes-AMG GLB 35. The GLB, if you’ll recall, is a compact 7-seater SUV built around the MFA2 platform. This makes it a cousin of the premium compacts by the brand such as the new A-Class and CLA. And just like those two vehicles, the GLB will be receiving its lower-tier tuning in the form of this ’35’ model. A GLB 45 model will likely be launched later on as it was with the A and CLA. For now, here’s what the AMG 35 family looks like:
- A 35 5-door Hatchback
- A 35 4-door Sedan
- CLA 35 4-door Sedan
- CLA 35 4-door Shooting Brake
- GLB 35 Crossover SUV
So, under the hood of the GLB 35, you’ll find the M260 DE20 LA engine, a turbocharged 2-litre 4-cylinder developed for the latest batch of compact AMG cars. While it still produced 400Nm of torque here, its power output it slightly improved to 306hp and it also gets the AMG SPEEDSHIFT 8-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. Being an crossover SUV of sorts, it also benefits from variable AMG Performance 4MATIC all-wheel drive.
These components allow the GLB 35 to go from 0-100kmh/h in just 5.2 seconds with a RACE START function as standard. The 8-speed DCT can perform a double-declutch function during downshifts, synchronising the engine and transmission speeds for more comfortable and dynamic driving.
There are five driving programs, most of which are familiar. But a new “Slippery” mode is now present for low-grip road conditions. It reduces engine power and a flattens the torque curve also smoothening out gear changes for better stability.
Being an AMG performance-tuned car, you get AMG suspension which stiffen the GLB 35. Many components have been redesigned to AMG specifications including the steering knuckles, transverse control arms at the front axle as well as rear-wheel carriers, and subframe.
AMG high-performance brakes are present too in silver with black ‘AMG’ lettering. Larger brake disks are fitted on this GLB 35 than on the standard models with 4-piston fixed callipers at the front measuring 350mm and 1-piston floating caliper brakes at the rear measuring 330mm.
In terms of looks, the Mercedes-AMG GLB 35 4MATIC uses the GLB’s AMG Line body kit but adds a few extras. The front splitter, rear apron, tailpipe trim elements, AMG roof spoiler and black spoiler lip are what sets this particular model apart.
Additionally, the AMG radiator grille is used here which not only distinguishes it from an AMG-Line equipped GLB, but from other AMG 35 cars. It looks like Daimler are trying to further legitimise the ’35’ branding here by allowing it more AMG brand identifiers.
The GLB 35 also comes with 19-inch AMG 5-twin-spoke light-alloy wheels painted in tantalum grey with a high-sheen finish. Larger rims can be specified. The AMG Night package too exists, adding high-gloss black and black chrome-plated exhaust tips.