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Mercedes-AMG GLB35 2020 revealed: 225kW/400Nm seven-seat SUV unleashed

Powered by a 225kW/400Nm 2.0-litre turbo-petrol engine, the Mercedes-AMG GLB35 can accelerate from 0-100km/h in 5.2 seconds.

Mercedes-Benz has filled another niche with its AMG-tuned GLB35 seven-seater, uncovered ahead of next month’s Frankfurt motor show and an Australian introduction around the middle of next year.

Powered by the same 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine as the AMG versions of the A35 hatch and sedan, and CLA35, the GLB35 boasts 225kW of power from 5800-6100rpm and 400Nm of torque from 3000-4000rpm.

Drive is sent to all four wheels via an AMG-tuned eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission for a zero-to-100km/h sprint in just 5.2 seconds, meaning the boxy small SUV will outmuscle the likes of the Volkswagen Golf GTI and Hyundai i30 N hot hatchbacks.

A ‘Race Start’ launch control function will also ensure consistent acceleration times, while torque distribution can vary between fully front-wheel drive, and a 50:50 split between the front and rear axle.

Five driving modes are on offer – Slippery, Comfort, Sport, Sport+ and Individual – with the latter option allowing for customised settings of the throttle, steering, transmission and electronic stability control (ESC).

Despite the changes the suspension for a sportier ride, including new steering knuckles, transverse control arms on the front axle and beefed-up subframe, Mercedes says the spanner turners at AMG managed to “maintain a balanced level of long-distance comfort”.

AMG’s adaptive ‘Ride Control’ suspension is also available as an option, allowing users to toggle between Comfort, Sport and Sport+ settings.

To bring the small SUV to a stop, Mercedes has fitted four- and one-piston callipers front and rear, clamping onto 350mm and 330mm discs respectively.

From the outside, the GLB35 is easily distinguishable from its standard GLB siblings thanks to a unique grille, front splitter, rear diffuser, roof spoiler, 19-inch wheels and enlarged exhaust outlets.

As an option, buyers can also select from three other wheel designs measuring 19-21 inches, while an AMG Night pack is also available that remixes key exterior components in high-gloss black.

Inside, the GLB35 is kitted out with sport seats, ‘Aritco’ leather and ‘Dinamica’ microfibre upholstery, and red-coloured seat belts and stitching. 

Like all new-generation Mercedes small cars, the GLB35 features the MBUX multimedia touchscreen system and all-digital instrumentation, but the German brand has bundled AMG-specific functions such as a ‘Supersport’ design layout.

Inside, the GLB35 features the MBUX multimedia touchscreen system and all-digital instrumentation. Inside, the GLB35 features the MBUX multimedia touchscreen system and all-digital instrumentation.

Like the standard GLB range, the third-row is optional in the GLB35 and can accommodate passengers up to 1.68 metres.

Pricing for the Mercedes-AMG GLB35 will be revealed closer to its mid-2020 Australian launch, but expect the small SUV to be positioned higher than the $67,200 before on-road costs A35 hatch and $69,800 A35 sedan.