The Mercedes-Benz GLB compact SUV will be getting the AMG treatment, it seems. The 2021 Mercedes-AMG GLB35 will make its debut at the International Motor Show Germany in Frankfurt in September, complete with the usual bits of kit that make up an AMG model.
That kit starts out with a more powerful engine. In the GLB35’s case, it’s a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine making 302 horsepower and 295 pounds-feet of torque, mated to an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. That familiar four-banger will hustle the GLB to 60 mph in a claimed 5.1 seconds and can also be found in the AMG A35 and AMG CLA35. That also makes us hopeful we’ll see an even more powerful GLB to go along with the A and CLA 45s.
The AMG GLB35 also gets an AMG-specific grille, as well as a front splitter, revised rear bumper and roof spoiler. Nineteen-inch AMG wheels are standard, with optional wheels ranging from 19 to 21 inches. An optional AMG Night Package will black out much of the exterior trim pieces.
The inside gets a sport steering wheel, red seat belts and standard black sport seats with red stitching. Upholstery options offer two-tone seats — including a red-and-black combination we love in other AMG cars. Mercedes’ MBUX infotainment system features AMG-specific display designs. The optional third row of seats from the vanilla GLB is still available in the AMG version.
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The regular Mercedes-Benz GLB will go on sale in late 2019, with the Mercedes-AMG GLB35 to follow “by late 2020.”
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