When we met the new Mercedes GLB, it was the most rational and practical alternative in the brand’s compact SUV range. But this 7-seater SUV does not resist the fact that its driver can have a smile driving it and for this the top-of-the-range version arrives, the new Mercedes-AMG GLB 35 4MATIC. What makes you gain some of the AMG genes? Well, for starters, a powerful mechanic. It has a supercharged four-cylinder 2.0-liter engine, which develops 306 horsepower (225 kW) at 5,800-6,100 rpm and 400 Nm of torque from 3,000 rpm, thanks to a dual-input turbocharger that guarantees response to Low and high revolutions, and all this with a very low expense, since it approves an average consumption of 7.6 l / 100 km with CO2 emissions of 173-171g / km. The brand indicates that intelligent thermal management and fuel injection with maximum precision have a lot to do with it.
The transmission of the Mercedes-AMG GLB 35 4MATIC is reserved to the AMG Speed Shift DCT box with eight relations, a double clutch change configured to change relations very quickly, but without being abrupt when changing in a more relaxed driving. This box is responsible for sending the four-wheel drive, with the AMG Performance 4MATIC variable integral drive, capable of changing the car from the front wheel drive to a 50:50 distribution between the front and rear axle. Having full traction helps make acceleration from standstill very good. Complete the sprint from 0 to 100 km / h in 5.2 seconds, supported by the Race Start function with which it counts as standard. If it continued to accelerate it would reach 250 km / h. In addition, the model offers five driving modes (Slippery, Comfort, Sport, Sport + and Individual Road) that modify engine response, gearbox, undercarriage and steering.
The undercarriage, steering or high-performance AMG brake system with silver-colored brake calipers also show improvements over basic models. All these improvements in the mechanical and performance section are already noticed at a first glance. The GLB 35 4MATIC is based on the AMG Line equipment line, with elements such as the specific AMG grille, the front splitter, rear skirt with individual round trims of the double exhaust outlet, the roof spoiler in the body color. There are no missing 19-inch wheels (they can even be 21) and 5 double spokes. And if all this does not seem distinctive enough, there you have the optional AMG Night package that adds more exclusive details.
Inside, we find sports seats in imitation leather and microfiber, with red stitching, to match the red safety belts. The level of customization of materials and colors is very high, as the brand uses. Of course, it is striking to find a Mercedes-AMG with a third row of seats, although in the last one even the brand recognizes that it will be difficult for people over 1.68 meters tall to go. In the statement we read that it is the first with these characteristics, but also the R-Class 2006 had an AMG variant, with a V8 atmospheric engine with 6.3 liters of 510 HP and it was not bad, by the way.