Mercedes introduced a new compact machine recently. It’s an interesting 221-hp boxy-shaped SUV that can be optioned up to seven seats. Of course, the crossover is getting ready to receive a high-performance treatment. More precisely, the automaker’s AMG department will make two pumped-up models. We’ve caught several testing prototypes of the lesser GLB35 so far, but never the topping 2021 Mercedes-AMG GLB45 until today.
The camouflaged prototype of the baby G-Class shows several giveaway details. First of all, the 2021 GLB45 sports a sporty rear diffuser, as well as quad exhaust tips. The four pipes in the back are actually the most important points because the less powerful GLB35 stays limited to a pair of exhaust tips. Continuing to the front, the testing vehicle clearly shows a Panamericana grille and a more aggressive bumper with a trio of separated air intakes. The SUV rides on pretty big alloy wheels which are coated in Michelin Pilot Sport 3 rubber. The rims get a specific star-like split-spoke shape and they are most probably fitted with beefier brakes. The 2021 Mercedes-AMG GLB45 sits closer to the ground when compared to the regular GLB. That happened thanks to a specific sport-tuned suspension.
The topping GLB option will feature an impressive drivetrain without any doubt. The boxy crossover will most definitely use a new and powerful turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine capable of delivering 389 horsepower. But that’s not everything! No, since the automaker prepares a more potent S version as well. According to AMG CEO Tobias Moers, the vanilla model will kick out 422 horsepower. All these ponies will “gallop” through a dual-clutch transmission to both axels.
While you can expect to see the less potent 302-hp GLB35 before the end of this year, the topping 2021 Mercedes-AMG GLB45 won’t come to the world until 2020.