The Mercedes-Benz GLB Class isn’t even slated to hit the market until very late this year, but that isn’t stopping Mercedes from showing off another variant of the boxy new SUV. Revealed ahead of next month’s Frankfurt Motor Show is a hotter version of the GLB, the Mercedes-AMG GLB35.
Expected to be the first of two AMG variants of the GLB, the GLB35 has no major surprises. Under the hood is a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four with 302 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, the same unit found in the other AMG 35 series vehicles. There is one variance in the GLB: the engine is paired to an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic, whereas the other 35 series cars have a seven-speed unit.
The added gear to the transmission is likely why the GLB35’s launch isn’t slated until late 2020 as a 2021 model.
Along with the beefier engine, GLB35 buyers will benefit from increased body rigidity and a specifically-tuned all-wheel-drive system that defaults to front-wheel-drive. That said, the system will be capable of sending up to 50 percent of the torque to the rear wheels when conditions merit it.
Mercedes-AMG says the GLB35 will be able to sprint to 60 mph in about 5.1 seconds.
Much like the mechanics, the visuals of the GLB35 are quite predictable. The iconic AMG Panamericana grille is the most notable change, while a body kit and unique alloy wheels round out the typical AMG look on this one.
Inside is a similar story. AMG has slotted in sport seats and an AMG-specific steering wheel. Like the regular GLB, AMG buyers will also be able to opt for a third-row seat.
The base GLB Class is slated to hit the market at the end of this year, but the GLB35 is still a year out from going on sale. Stuttgart is also expected to rollout an even hotter GLB45 model with over 400 horsepower at some point in the future as well.