New 2020 Mercedes-AMG GLB 35 on sale now

10 Jan, 2020 1:20pm Luke Wilkinson

Compact Mercedes-AMG GLB 35 starts from ?48,665 and uses the same 302bhp four-cylinder engine found in the AMG A 35

The new Mercedes-AMG GLB 35 is available to order now, with prices starting from ?48,665. It adds another ※35§ badged model to Mercedes*s line-up (alongside the existing AMG A 35 and CLA 35 ranges) and acts as a more premium-edged rival for the Cupra Ateca. First deliveries are due to arrive by summer this year.

As standard, the Mercedes-AMG GLB 35 features a set of matte black 20-inch AMG alloy wheels, a panoramic sunroof and adaptive LED headlamps. Naturally, Mercedes has also given the GLB 35 an exterior makeover with an aggressive AMG body-kit, a new radiator grille, a pair of matte aluminium roof rails and a spoiler for the tailgate.

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Inside, buyers get a pair of electrically adjustable and heated sports seats, a sports steering wheel, a premium Burmester stereo system, a customisable 64-colour ambient lighting setup and a wireless smartphone charging pad. Mercedes*s ubiquitous MBUX infotainment system is also standard, featuring a dash-mounted touchscreen and a digital instrument binnacle 每 each measuring 10.25-inches across.

Mercedes has added its range of connected services as standard, too, giving buyers access to a vehicle tracker, a remote locking/unlocking system and a parked vehicle locator 每 all of which can be controlled using the driver*s smartphone. As part of the deal, Mercedes also includes a complimentary 12-month subscription to the music streaming service, TIDAL.

The SUV is powered by the same turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine found in the AMG A 35 hatchback, which develops 302bhp and 400Nm of torque. Power is sent to all four wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission, which Mercedes claims is enough for a 5.2-second sprint from 0每62mph and an electronically limited top speed of 155mph.

Chassis-wise, the GLB 35 comes with a set of uprated disc brakes, four-piston fixed calipers and passive dampers, although AMG Ride Control suspension can be specced as an optional extra, adding electronically controlled adaptive dampers. Base-models also only come as standard with five seats 每 the third seating row is also optional.

Metallic paint is another optional extra, priced at ?595, and is available in a choice of six colours. Buyers can also choose from a pair of exclusive paint finishes 每 Patagonia Red Metallic is priced at ?795, while Mountain Grey Magno is listed for ?1,795.

Like in all current Mercedes-AMG products, the driver can select from a range of driving modes via the AMG Dynamic Select switch mounted on the dash, which affects the GLB 35*s throttle response, gearbox behaviour, steering weight and suspension settings. Among the usual Comfort, Sport and Sport+ selections, there*s also a new ※Slippery§ programme for use on low-grip roads and surfaces.

Mercedes has also included its usual suite of safety technology, with buyers getting active lane-keeping assist, a blind-spot monitoring system, active brake assist, rear cross-traffic monitoring, evasive steering assist and parking assistance.

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