Regardless of the fact that the German automaker hasn’t revealed the all-new baby G-Class SUV so far, the performance department started testing the entry-level AMG already. Since the manufacturer intends to introduce the regular GLB next spring, it’s safe to assume that the “vanilla” boxy SUV is going to make its official debut in late 2019 as the 2020 Mercedes-AMG GLB 35.
Exterior and Interior
The spicy vehicle is not going to have just a more potent powertrain. No, the 2020 Mercedes-AMG GLB 35 will be a lot more from that. As you may notice, the testing prototype hosts a sport-tuned suspension which lowers crossover’s ride height. In addition to the low ground clearance, the model also gets AMG’s usual treatment that includes a unique grille and extra air intakes in the front, as well as a dual exhaust tip layout around back. Of course, the SUV sits on larger wheels which are coupled with beefier brakes and special performance tires.
Inside, the 2020 AMG GLB 35 will definitely get a special suit with microfiber accents and contrast, most probably red stitching. The automaker won’t skip the chance to add a flat-bottom steering wheel and AMG-based displays for infotainment and instrument cluster.
Engine and Transmission
Under the hood, the boxy SUV will get pretty much the same powertrain as the AMG A35 model. More precisely, the 2020 Mercedes-AMG GLB 35 will feature the awesome turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that pumps out 302 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. The performance model will be strictly paired with an all-wheel-drive system and seven-speed dual clutch transmission. Just like the A35, the SUV will be able to speed up to 155 mph. On the other hand, its 0-62 mph sprint will be worse from A35’s 4.7 seconds time due to GLB’s boxy design. Still, we assume that the numbers won’t go over 5 seconds.
According to some reports, the automaker is reconsidering to offer the 2020 Mercedes-AMG GLB 45 as well. The option will reportedly get a 400-hp engine that’s going to be mated to an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission.