The Mercedes-AMG GLB 35 Is Another Way To Get Half-Fat Affalterbach Kicks

The expansion of the Mercedes-AMG '35 range shows no sign of slowing down, with the GLB now given Affalterbach's semi-skimmed treatment
The Mercedes-AMG GLB 35 Is Another Way To Get Half-Fat Affalterbach Kicks

Barely a month seems to go by without Mercedes-AMG revealing a new ‘35 model. We already have the A35, the A35 saloon, the CLA 35 and the CLA 35 Shooting Brake - a quartet of lower-tier AMGs. And now they’ve just been joined by a newbie.

It’s the GLB 35, a fast crossover which stands to have quite a lot of, erm, crossover with the eventual GLA 35.

The Mercedes-AMG GLB 35 Is Another Way To Get Half-Fat Affalterbach Kicks

Using the pleasingly boxy Mercedes GLB as a starting point, the ‘35 version uses the same formula as its cousins. A 2.0-litre inline-four turbo engine provides 302bhp and 295lb ft of torque to all four wheels, via a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox.

It’s not a ‘proper’ AMG mill, rather the GLB 250’s four-pot with a little AMG hot sauce drizzled over the top. Its four-wheel drive system is a straightforward affair too, never sending more than 50 per cent of power to the rear wheels. If you want a fully Affalterbach-built engine and the potential for Drift Mode silliness, there is expected to be a GLB 45 arriving at some point.

The Mercedes-AMG GLB 35 Is Another Way To Get Half-Fat Affalterbach Kicks

Being the heaviest of the ever-expanding ‘35 family, the GLB 35 is also the slowest. 0-62mph takes 5.2 seconds, half a second slower than the hatchback. The top speed is electronically-limited to 155mph.

Mirroring the other 35s, the hotter GLB has rejigged suspension geometry with redesigned steering knuckles and a whole new rear subframe. AMG Ride Control adaptive dampers are available optionally.

The Mercedes-AMG GLB 35 Is Another Way To Get Half-Fat Affalterbach Kicks

It doesn’t offer up any surprises, but it does hold one trump card over the other 35 models - an optional seven-seater layout. Also helping it in the practicality stakes is a 560-litre boot that can be expanded to 1755 litres with the seats folded flat. Handy.

It’ll be a little while before we know how much it costs, but with the range-topping GLB 220d already sitting at £45,950, it’s safe to assume the GLB 35 will be close to the £50k mark.


Ilario P.

I dont know why, but I like it

08/28/2019 - 22:55 |
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I genuinely had absolutely no idea that a GLB Mercedes was even a thing. I thought it was only GLA, GLC, GLE, GLS/GL

08/29/2019 - 02:16 |
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Welcome back to the internet

08/29/2019 - 09:51 |
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You and me both but then again, who would give a single f about those stupid SUV things

08/29/2019 - 10:58 |
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Within a few years GL(insert any letter of the alphabet here) will be a thing.. plus their coupe-but-not-really-a-coupe versions

08/29/2019 - 19:38 |
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Lord Saucius The Divine

The front fascia looks nice

08/29/2019 - 02:53 |
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08/29/2019 - 03:25 |
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izzit me or does the GLB sure look like Yeti of yesteryear?

08/29/2019 - 05:12 |
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In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

I legit thought that Škoda brought back the Yeti for a second

08/29/2019 - 06:47 |
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In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

It does, but the yeti will forever be remembered for Jeremy Clarkson’s review of it.

08/30/2019 - 01:50 |
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Don’t you just love an amg tuned metal box

08/29/2019 - 05:28 |
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IKR so random 😂

08/29/2019 - 09:00 |
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08/29/2019 - 09:00 |
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I kinda like it.

08/29/2019 - 06:31 |
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The Silver Paseo EL54

As an MB employee I need to clarify that there will never be a GLB 45 AMG version. This has been confirmed during a Global Training Experience (for MB employees only) in Dresden, Germany.

08/29/2019 - 06:50 |
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What about B35?

08/29/2019 - 14:58 |
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Will there be a B35?

08/31/2019 - 09:59 |
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Ew i hate the looks for sure.

08/29/2019 - 09:20 |
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Jordi Castelar Ortega

A mommy van disguised as an offroad car that is just an SUV but now thinks it is a station wagon that tries to be sporty. WTF is all that nonsense?

08/29/2019 - 11:27 |
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