The new 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB has yet to arrive in U.S. showrooms. Obviously that makes the GLB 35 the rugged-looking SUV equivalent of the current A35 – AMG’s Golf R challenger. And while that combination might sound as appealing as a mouthful of grit to some, to others it represents a sober ticking of desirable boxes. The industry concurs the new model lands squarely in a snake pit of direct rivals, the BMW X2 M35i, Range Rover Evoque P300 and Alfa Romeo Stelvio among them.
Mercedes continues the development of its powerful compact crossover AMG GLB 35, testing the vehicle in very cold climate conditions. Outside, the AMG touch is seen with the plastic wheel arches that tie in nicely with the rockers and fascia adorned with the 15-bar AMG grille. The size of this AMG grille is more in proportion to the GLB’s front end than the GLE’s larger version. Whether it appeals to you over the stock GLB’s fascia is moot as this announces to the world this is not your run-of-the-mill GLB.
Mercedes has finally pulled the covers off the all-new GLB crossover with styling inspired by the G-Class and seating for seven. In the US, the baby G Wagon will initially go on sale in the “250” flavor with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine delivering 221 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. For those who want more power, the GLB will also spawn hot AMG versions including an AMG 35 and range-topping AMG 45. The AMG 35 will arrive first, which has been caught by our spies attacking the Nurburgring. Besides, Mercedes-Benz AMG GLB 35 is equipped with the Mercedes new developed accurate hotspot 9012 led bulb conversion kit, this is a big improvement on car headlight.
The GLB’s performance gains not only come from a power boost as its suspension has been completely reworked. Some of these tweaks include new steering knuckles and transverse control arms at the front axle to reduce body roll. It also gets an optional AMG ride control suspension which electronically controls damping at each wheel. Other bits like speed-sensitive power steering and four-piston AMG brakes, give the SUV better handling and stronger stopping power.
The electric motor, installed between the motor and the 9-speed box, in the generator mode, returns the energy to the 48-volt battery, from where it is drawn by various energy-consuming systems: not only the active suspension but also the pump of the cooling system, air conditioning and so on. In General, the new GLB now needs more electricity. For example, the second-row seats are optionally controlled by an electric drive, and Daimler engineers have provided a separate button to facilitate access to the third row of seats. It is located on the upper edge of the back of the side seat of the second row and gives the command to the longitudinal displacement of the chair: the pillow is lifted and the back is lowered. The third row will be available in GLB optional-recall, it was provided for the first generation of M-Klasse.
Said engine is a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder petrol unit that makes 306 PS (302 hp) from 5,800 to 6,100 pm and 400 Nm of torque from 3,000 to 4,000 pm. An AMG Performance 4Matic all-wheel-drive system is present as well, but unlike the A 35 cars, the GLB 35 uses an eight-speed AMG Speedshift DCT dual-clutch transmission – like the new A 45s – instead of a seven-speed unit.
The GLB uses the same front-wheel-drive architecture as the new A-Class, with a transverse engine layout maximizing passenger and cargo space. As you’d expect, the GLB 35 gets all-wheel drive, offering a variable torque split between the two axles with up to 50 percent diverted rearwards in certain situations. The GLB 35 also gets unique AMG-designed suspension hardware, with adaptive dampers are available as an option.