The Mercedes-AMG GLB 35 4MATIC can be ordered now, with first customer deliveries starting this summer. The GLB 35 uses the same 302bhp turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol engine as the A 35 hatchback and A 35 Saloon, and has Mercedes’ 4MATIC all-wheel drive system via an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox.
The GLB’s larger body and extra weight mean that acceleration isn’t quite as quick as the A 35 hatchback, taking 5.2 seconds to 62mph from standstill, instead of 4.7.
The GLB 35 has more power and a range of other enhancements over the standard GLB. There are larger AMG-spec brakes, adaptive suspension for improved cornering and the steering is slightly heavier.
It wears a racy AMG body kit, 20-inch alloy wheels and a much more aggressive AMG-specific front grille, just like the AMG A 35 hatchback. At the rear are bigger exhausts and a new diffuser, while the wheel arches are slightly flared when compared to the standard model.
Marking out the GLB 35 as the range-topper, the interior features a host of aluminum accents and a flat-bottomed AMG steering wheel with gearshift paddles. The electrically adjustable front seats are sportier and more supportive and they can be trimmed in either black or two-tone leather. A premium Burmester stereo system and ambient interior lighting also features, offering 64 different colour options.
The GLB 35 comes with two large infotainment screens powered by Mercedes’ MBUX system. It features AMG-specific menus and includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity along with plenty more standard equipment such as a reversing camera, climate control and keyless go.
The range-topping GLB 35 is fitted with Mercedes’ connected services, which include a smartphone app that can unlock and lock the car and locate where it’s parked. Buyers also get a complimentary 12-month subscription to the TIDAL music streaming service.
Mercedes Driving Assistance package is also standard, featuring active brake assist, active lane-keep assist, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic monitoring and evasive steering assist to help the driver steer around an unseen obstacle.
While the normal GLB comes with seven seats, the GLB 35 will offer only five seats as standard. Buyers can choose a third row of seats from the options list to turn it back into a seven-seater, alongside a range of extras including electronic adaptive suspension.