- the glb35 is the amg version of mercedes-benz's new small glb-class crossover.
- it has a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with 302 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque.
- the glb35 will go on sale in the u.s. in mid-2020 as a 2021 model.
mercedes-benz officially wants to be all things to all people: the gla, cla, and a-class sedan have all gotten the amg treatment, and next up is the glb. the new mercedes-amg glb35 is a family-friendly compact seven-seat crossover—but it is powered by a 302-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four that propels it from zero to 62 mph in just 5.2 seconds and on to a top speed of 155 mph.
the torque, up to 295 lb-ft, is transmitted to all four wheels through an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic. the engine and transmission are tuned to produce a delightful crackle when shifting. amg's engineering team has also made sure that this crossover can be coaxed into a drift with relative ease, as up to 50 percent of the torque can be sent to the rear wheels. an amg-specific high-performance braking system is standard.
depending on the market, the wheel portfolio ranges from 19 to 21 inches, and that is not the only remarkable design feature of the mercedes-amg glb35: it is the first amg "35" mid-range model that wears an aggressive grille with vertical chrome teeth. it sure looks impressive, but we are not sure what to deduce from this: we think it means that there may not be a higher-powered amg glb45, contrary to speculation. or, it is just a further blurring of design distinctions.
the glb35 also has a front splitter, a roof spoiler, and a rear bumper with dual exhaust tips. inside, the sporty attitude is mirrored with microfiber materials, an amg-specific steering wheel, a digital gauge cluster that includes the futuristic "supersport" display, and the fussy mbux touchpad on the center console. like the standard glb, the glb35 has a large and easily accessible trunk, as well as a standard third row of seats that increases passenger capacity to seven.
the mercedes-amg glb35 will come to the us market in mid-2020 as a 2021 model, and pricing is not available yet. we are told the u.s. will be its most important market, and with its combination of capability and performance, it may well find a comfortable and profitable niche.