Merc’s new performance crossover is primed and ready for its turn in the spotlight

The Mercedes GLB-Class is a poster child for the segment’s booming popularity. It probably didn’t need to exist, and yet, we’re a few months away from its arrival. The market’s growing popularity is also the reason the Mercedes-AMG GLB 35 is going to hit the market soon. It’s arriving a bit later than the standard GLB-Class, but the development of the high-performance model has advanced to the point where test mules of the model have been spotted on numerous occasions. The Mercedes-AMG GLB 35 isn’t just a more performance-oriented version of the GLB-Class. It’s also Merc’s latest attempt in creating a new market born out of performance versions of its existing compact vehicle lineup. The AMG A 35 and the AMG GLA 45 have already arrived. Now it’s the AMG GLB 35’s turn, and if not later this year, expect the performance-spec crossover to hit the market sometime in 2020. It is coming, and it’s coming to take all of our hard-earned money.

Update 06/12/2019: Now that the Mercedes GLB has finally made its debut, it’s time we turn our attention the AMG GLB35. It was spotted during a second round of testing on the same day the GLB made its debut. Check out our latest spy shots in the Spy Shots section below.

Spy Shots

June 12, 2019 – Mercedes-AMG GLB35 Preparing for Debut

2020 Mercedes-AMG GLB 35 Exterior Spyshots
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2020 Mercedes-AMG GLB 35 Exterior Spyshots
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As you can see from these images, the only thing that has really changed since our last set of spy shots (viewable in the review text below) is the weather. Mercedes has changed next to nothing on the GLB 35 which is, suffice it to say, a little odd since the base GLB that it is based on has finally be released. The only changes we can spot include the blacked out roof rails and the front fascia. The latter of which now features circular vents as opposed to the upward, rectangular vents we say on the last model. Other than this, the headlights, taillights, and the rest of the design remains the same.

Now that the base GLB has debuted, we can confirm that the 2.0-liter four-cylinder with just over 300 horsepower will be found under the hood, and there will be a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission handling cog swaps on the fly. The more important news is that Mercedes now has that 416-horsepower four-cylinder that will probably find its way into the AMG GLB45 that will debut sometime after the 35 establishes its roots in the baby SUV performance niche. Stay tuned for updates!


The 2019 Mercedes GLB Concept a New Boxy, Compact SUV
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We’ve seen the Mercedes-AMG GLB 35 test mule numerous times already, so it’s becoming increasingly clear that the model hiding behind all of that swirly camouflage is as close to the production version as we’re going to get before the performance crossover’s big reveal later this year.

The more upright profile fits into the profile showcased by Mercedes in the Concept GLB.

At this point, the GLB looks like the GLK crossover that never materialized. If this is the body that we can expect, it would be a solid complement to the coupe-crossover styling of the GLA.

2020 Mercedes-AMG GLB 35 Exterior Spyshots
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The front section of the AMG GLB 35 is telling in a number of ways. There are a number of design cues that you can identify by looking at the AMG GLA 45.

The holes on the camouflage, for example, suggest that the AMG GLB 35 will feature prominent air intakes on opposite ends of the bumper, flanking the lower section of the radiator grille.

Speaking of the grille, the front grille is the only missing item on the test prototype. Unless Mercedes throws us for a loop, expect to see the same grille design on the AMG GLB 35 as the ones found on the AMG A 35 and the AMG GLA 45. You know the design by now: a large Mercedes logo in the middle connected to two chrome strips stretching on opposite ends. Behind this distinctive look is a blacked-out mesh grille that Merc concealed to make the aforementioned logo stand out. It worked visually on the AMG A 35 and the AMG GLA 45. It should do the same trick on the AMG GLB 35 unless Mercedes-AMG decides to get a little too cute with it.

2020 Mercedes-AMG GLB 35 Exterior Spyshots
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We don’t get a good handle on the side section of the crossover other than the obvious boxy profile. The AMG GLB 35’s shape is telling, in part because of the concept — the Concept GLB — from which it’s based on and because the AMG GLA 35 already occupies the coupe-crossover slot in Merc’s new lineup of compact, high-performance models. Doesn’t seem like a smart move for Mercedes to turn the AMG GLB 35 into a competitor to the AMG GLA 35.

The rear section doesn’t reveal much, as well, but the dual exhaust setup on the test mule is a clear indication that we’re dealing with a high-performance AMG model.

The roof-mounted spoiler is another hint of an AMG model. The taillights look different, too, though we can assume that not all of it is visible. The part that we do see is unlike the ones on the AMG GLA 45. That could be a sign that the Mercedes-AMG GLB 35 will feature its own design cues. We’re not totally opposed to that.

2020 Mercedes-AMG GLB 35 Exterior Spyshots
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All will be revealed in due time, though. The Mercedes GLB is scheduled to debut sometime this summer with the AMG GLB 35 following soon afterward. The early returns on the crossover’s exterior look promising. Let’s see if there’s more to the model than meets the eye.


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The spy shots don’t reveal a lot about the crossover’s interior. Fortunately, we already have a pretty good idea on what to expect, particularly from Mercedes’ new-generation of compact cars that have exploded in popularity in recent years. Judging by the similar interior layout of these models, we can expect the AMG GLB 35 to carry the same design language in its cabin. That includes the flat-bottom sports steering wheel, the turbine-style A/C vents, the clean center console with the thin control cluster, and Merc’s new swanky dual digital screen setup that includes the new MBUX infotainment system. These are just the things you’ll see in the crossover’s dashboard.

The 2019 Mercedes GLB Concept a New Boxy, Compact SUV
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The boxy look of the AMG GLB 35 means that its interior will measure differently from that of the AMG GLA 45, but the similarities are also there, including the five-seat layout.

We saw from the Concept GLB a three-row interior layout. Look out for that in the production model.

If the GLB Class ends up with that layout, it would become the first SUV in this class to boast a three-row configuration. Legroom and cargo space would probably suffer in that regard, but we’ll hold off on the proclamations until we see the actual cabin. Speaking of cargo space, we can at least surmise that the AMG GLB 35 could benefit from a larger cargo storage area, at least compared to the AMG GLA 45. The AMG GLB 35’s more upright look will play a role in that, at least compared to the rather cramped coupe-crossover styling of the AMG GLA 45. The latter already offers at least 17.2 cubic feet of storage area. Seems likely that the AMG GLB will have more space at its disposal, perhaps around 18.5 cubic feet?

The 2019 Mercedes GLB Concept a New Boxy, Compact SUV
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I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the premium potential of the AMG GLB 35’s interior. Fancy leather is a given, either as standard or as options. Mercedes-AMG’s MB-Tex and DINAMICA upholstery should also play prominent roles in dressing up the AMG GLB 35’s cabin to give it that quintessential premium Mercedes vibe. Ambient lighting is also included with as many as 64 different colors to choose from.

The AMG GLB 35 should also benefit from a smattering of interior-facing packages that are available on other AMG performance models.

The likely package candidates that will be available in the interior include the AMG DINAMICA Interior Package, which adds a performance steering wheel into the mix. The Multimedia Package should also be available. The same goes for the Driver Assistance Package and the Smartphone Integration Package, which unlocks Apple CarPlay and Android Auto on the AMG GLB 35.

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Don’t expect a lot of surprises when it comes to the Mercedes-AMG GLB 35’s interior.

Recent trends have shown that Mercedes isn’t afraid of using a one-size-fits-all design aesthetic across its lineup of new-generation compact vehicles.


2020 Mercedes-AMG CLA 35 Unveiled with 300 HP and Four-Door Coupe Luxury Drivetrain
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At this point, the Mercedes blueprint is pretty clear when it comes to its compact lineup. Shared engines are the norm, and that’s what we’re getting with the AMG GLB 35.

The performance-leaning compact crossover will feature a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces 302 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque.

It’s the same engine that powers the AMG A 35 and the AMG CLA 35. Power output is also identical, as is the seven-speed dual-clutch transmission that will send all that power to all four wheels, courtesy of Mercedes-AMG’s all-wheel-drive system. About the only difference will come in performance times; that’s due mainly to the physical makeup of these AMG models. The AMG A 35, for example, needs 4.7 seconds to sprint from 0 to 60 mph. The AMG GLB 35, on the other hand, probably needs around five seconds to do it, owing to its bigger frame and, consequently, heavier weight.

2020 Mercedes-AMG CLA 35 drivetrain specifications
Engine 2.0L Inline-4 turbo
Displacement 1991 cc
Max. output 302 hp at 5800 rpm
Peak torque 295 lb-ft at 3000-4000 rpm
Drive system AMG Performance 4MATIC all-wheel drive
Transmission AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT 7-Speed Transmission
Acceleration 0-60 mph 4.6 s (est)
Top speed TBA*

We know that the AMG GLB 35 is coming. The more pertinent question is whether Mercedes-AMG plans to offer something more potent, or at least along the lines of a full-bore AMG GLB 45. The Mercedes-AMG A 45 is already here, so it’s not impossible for Mercedes to populate the AMG GLB family with a meaner and more performance-oriented version of the AMG GLB 35.

If Mercedes ventures down this path, we can expect the GLB 45 to use the same 2.0-liter turbocharged engine as the AMG A 45.

That would equate to an output of 383 horsepower in the base trim or — if we’re lucky — 416 horsepower in the more aggressive AMG GLB 45 S trim. The “45” variants could also use a different gearbox — an eight-speed dual-clutch — to go with all-wheel-drive capability.

2020 Mercedes-AMG GLB 35 Exterior Spyshots
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The crossover should also benefit from a stiffer suspension system, owing largely to its size and performance abilities. Spy shots of the test mule also reveal chunkier tires and when chunky tires are in the mix, expect bigger brakes to be part of the equation, too.

Maybe I’m getting a little ahead of myself predicting an AMG GLB 45 version. We still have to see the AMG GLB 35 so assuming a higher-spec version could come back and bite me in the butt. Then again, Mercedes has shown little hesitancy in populating its compact vehicle lineups, especially when there’s potential for money to be made in taking those steps.


2020 Mercedes-AMG GLB 35 Exterior Spyshots
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Since Mercedes has yet to unveil the GLB-Class, pricing for that model and the AMG GLB 35 won’t be revealed until later this year. We do know that GLB will have a price point that’s near to the GLA SUV. On that end, the base GLA 250 starts at $33,950 while the higher spec GLA 250 4MATIC starts at $35,950. The performance-spec Mercedes-AMG GLA 45, on the other hand, is priced from $53,350. That’s a big jump in prices, though that’s a product of AMG’s involvement in the GLA 35.

On that note, the GLB-Class should be priced near those figures. The GLB 250, for example, could start at around $38,000 to $40,000 while the performance-oriented AMG GLB 35 could be priced at around $50,000 to $55,000. Some of you might think that’s an expensive price point for what amounts to a compact model. But remember, the AMG GLC 43 — that’s the base performance version of the more expensive GLC SUV lineup — carries a price tag exceeding $60,000. Maybe your hard-earned money is better served on a more affordable model that’s infused with its own performance capabilities.


BMW X2 M35i

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The BMW X2 M35i is in a bit of a tricky position. On the surface, it’s the perfect foil for the Mercedes-AMG GLA 45. Both models rock the coupe-crossover look, and both are high-performance models of Bimmer and Merc’s respective entry-level crossovers. But the AMG GLA 45 has a more powerful four-cylinder engine, one that produces 375 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque more than the 302-horsepower and 332-pound-feet-of-torque figures of the X2 M35i. Looks aside, it’s not a fair fight. That’s why the Mercedes-AMG GLB 35 is more suited as a rival to the X2 M35i, in large part because both crossovers use similar engines that produce roughly the same output. It’s still tricky to make a full comparison between these two rivals because we know very little about the AMG GLB 35, but profile aside, both models are equipped to go toe-to-toe in this newly minted segment for years to come.

Read our full review on the 2019 BMW X2 M35i

Audi SQ2

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To be clear, the micro-segment BMW created with the arrival of the X2 a few years ago has yet to yield meaningful competition from other automakers. The Audi Q2 stood as the X2’s only legitimate rival, at least until the Mercedes GLB arrives, adding one more model to that list. it is a bit surprising, though, that for as long as the Q2 has been around — it arrived in 2017 — the high-performance SQ2 variant has yet to make an appearance. Thankfully, that’s about to change because the SQ2 is coming. Audi made sure of that after it unveiled the model at the 2018 Paris Motor Show. Aesthetic comparisons are almost impossible these days because of buyer preference. You see what you like, and you stick to it. But as far as the rest goes, the SQ2 is just as capable as the AMG GLB 35 and the X2 M35i. It draws its power from Audi’s own 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, and that engine produces 300 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. The SQ2 is also equipped with an assortment of Audi tech, including the automaker’s famed quattro all-wheel-drive system. The real key here is how Mercedes plans to package the GLB-Class and, subsequently, the AMG GLB 35. If it continues to go down that path of turning the GLB into a full-fledged three-row, seven-seater crossover, that’s where future customers will more than likely draw the line.

Read our full review on the 2019 Audi SQ2


2020 Mercedes-AMG GLB 35 Exterior Spyshots
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The Mercedes GLB-Class and the Mercedes-AMG GLB 35 are exciting case studies on an automaker’s decision to populate the crossover and SUV segments with as many models as it can. Technically speaking, Mercedes probably doesn’t need a GLB-Class because it already has the GLA-Class. But you have to give credit to Merc, too, for taking advantage of the situation. In differentiating the GLA with the GLB, the automaker is effectively offering two different versions of the same model to the public. It’s the classic “down them with choices” mentality that has served automakers well in the past. Now, I’m not going to assume that GLB will be a hit for Mercedes or if it will end up competing against the GLA, but I do know that customers prefer having more options on the table as opposed to having to settle for just one. And if the GLB — and the AMG GLB 35 — ends up becoming a three-row, seven-seater compact crossover, that’s a niche corner in this segment that Mercedes will have all to its own, at least until BMW, Audi, or whoever else decides to join Merc there.

  • Leave it
    • I personally like the GLA better
    • A three-row, seven-seater compact crossover could create problems of its own
    • Might be more expensive than expected

Further reading

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB
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Read our full review on the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB.

The 2019 Mercedes GLB Concept a New Boxy, Compact SUV
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Read our full review on the 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLB Concept.

Affalterbach. With its passionate, striking design, great practicality and dynamics and space for up to seven occupants, the new Mercedes-AMG GLB 35 4MATIC (combined fuel consumption: 7.6-7.5 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 173-171 g/km)[1] is an unrivalled alternative in the compact SUV segment. The turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine develops 225 kW (306 hp) and guarantees impressive driving enjoyment in combination with the AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT 8G transmission and variable AMG Performance 4MATIC all-wheel drive (acceleration from 0-100 km/h in 5.2 seconds). Not to mention the advantages of an SUV: raised seating position, plenty of space for passengers and luggage, and well-balanced off-road performance.

"With the new GLB 35 4MATIC we are extending our product portfolio by adding a highly attractive model for an active target group that attaches special importance to versatility. This also includes the optional seven-seater capability of our new compact SUV, though without having to sacrifice the genes typical of an AMG. Because in its segment, our GLB 35 likewise fulfils our brand promise of Driving Performance," says Tobias Moers, CEO of Mercedes-AMG GmbH.

Responsive and emotive: the AMG 2.0-litre 4-cylinder in-line turbocharged engine

Thanks to a twinscroll turbocharger, the 2.0-litre turbocharged engine rated at 225 kW (306 hp) impresses with great responsiveness to movements of the accelerator pedal, high torque (max. 400 Nm from 3000 rpm) and great liveliness. The crankcase made of high-strength, lightweight die-cast aluminium reduces the vehicle weight where it matters most for driving dynamics. The exhaust turbocharging combines optimum responsiveness at low engine speeds with a strong power increase at higher speeds.

The high technological level is also confirmed by CAMTRONIC variable valve control for low fuel consumption. Intelligent thermal management ensures a faster and more efficient warm-up of the engine and oil. And the compact piezo injectors deliver fuel extremely precisely for increased efficiency.

Fast and agile: AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT 8G dual clutch transmission

The transmission masters fast gearshifts and a sporty driving style just as well as comfort-oriented gearshifts for relaxed long-distance journeys. During upshifts, partial ignition interruption produces an impressive sound experience, while the double-declutch function during downshifts benefits gearshifting comfort. The function synchronises the engine and transmission speeds, minimises unwanted gas cycle responses and stabilises the vehicle, for example when braking ahead of bends. This also supports a particularly dynamic driving style.

The new Mercedes-AMG GLB 35 4MATIC displays its full sprint potential with the RACE START function included as standard. Higher engine rpm when starting off, in combination with optimised shift points, produces the best possible traction and maximum acceleration. RACE START remains active while the accelerator is kept fully depressed.

Driving pleasure to the power of five: AMG DYNAMIC SELECT and AMG DYNAMICS

The five AMG DYNAMIC SELECT drive programs - Slippery, Comfort, Sport, Sport+ and Individual, make for a very variable driving experience with a wide range from serene comfort to agile and sporty. The programs modify key parameters, such as the response of the engine, transmission, suspension and steering.

The new "Slippery" drive program is optimised for low-grip road conditions, with reduced power and a flat torque curve. Smooth gear changes, earlier upshifts and the ECO start/stop system support the stability-focused driving impression.
The "Comfort" program stands for comfortable and fuel-efficient driving, for example thanks to very early upshifts. Suspension and steering are set up with an emphasis on comfort, the ECO start/stop system is active.
"Sport" and "Sport+" place the focus on agility and driving pleasure with sporty engine and transmission tuning. The ECO start/stop system is deactivated.
The "Individual" drive program enables the individual parameters to be selected and saved according to personal preferences. In addition, the gliding function is available in the "Reduced" and "Moderate" drive settings.
The driving modes are linked to the AMG DYNAMICS agility control, which means that the handling characteristics can be even more closely matched with different requirements and driving conditions.

In the GLB 35 4MATIC, AMG DYNAMICS has the agility functions "Basic" and "Advanced", and their functionalities are automatically activated by the relevant drive program. Relevant parameters such as the torque distribution of the all-wheel drive system, the steering characteristics or the intervention thresholds of the completely newly developed ESP® (Electronic Stability Program) are intelligently adapted according to the drive program.

"Basic" is assigned to the "Slippery" and "Comfort" drive programs. In this case the GLB 35 4MATIC has extremely stable handling with a high level of yaw damping.
"Advanced" is activated in the "Sport" program. The GLB 35 4MATIC is then neutral and well-balanced. The lower level of yaw damping, reduced steering angles and increased agility support a dynamic driving style – for example on winding country roads.

Optimum traction: variable AMG Performance 4MATIC all-wheel drive

The performance-oriented all-wheel drive system continuously ensures the best possible ratio of dynamism, traction and efficiency. A multi-disc clutch with AMG-specific electromechanical control allows a variable torque split which can be instantly changed according to the driving situation. This ranges from purely front-wheel drive to a 50:50 percent distribution to the front and rear axle, for example during dynamic driving manoeuvres or on snow or ice. The influencing factors for torque distribution are not only the driving speed, the lateral and longitudinal acceleration and the steering angle, but also the difference in rotational speed between the individual wheels and the gear selected.

The all-wheel drive is regulated depending on the selected stage of the 3-stage Electronic Stability Program ESP® – from safety-oriented yet sporty to highly dynamic. The 4ETS dynamic handling control system further enhances handling safety and agility, in particular on slippery surfaces or on surfaces with different friction coefficients. It uses brake interventions to keep individual driven wheels from spinning when starting off or accelerating. At the same time the differential locking effect enables the drive torque to be shifted to the wheels that are not spinning.

For high lateral dynamics and long-distance comfort: the suspension

The AMG suspension is tuned for high cornering speeds with a low tendency to roll. This allows the dynamic potential of the GLB 35 4MATIC to be fully realised. The high reserves at the critical limits guarantee sheer driving pleasure – while the vehicle remains safe and predictable at all times. The complete redesign of all wheel-guiding components such as the steering knuckles and transverse control arms at the front axle, as well as the model-specific subframe and the wheel carriers at the rear axle, assist even more direct steering and increase the lateral dynamics. At the same time the suspension developers at Mercedes-AMG took care to maintain a balanced level of long-distance comfort.

Full control: speed-sensitive power steering and a high-performance brake system

The electromechanical, speed-sensitive power steering has a variable ratio and impresses with its precise and authentic feedback. The steering servo assistance is reduced at high speeds, and continuously increases at lower speeds. This means that comparatively little steering force is required at low speeds, while the best possible control over the vehicle is maintained at high speeds. Depending on which drive program the driver has selected, it provides taut and sporty or more comfortable steering feedback.

The AMG high-performance brake system with silver brake callipers and black AMG lettering at the front is a worthy counterpart to the powerful drive system. Deceleration is finely controllable, with high fade-resistance even under heavy stress. This is ensured for example by the large brake discs, which are internally ventilated and perforated all-round. The front axle is fitted with 4-piston fixed callipers and cast iron brake discs in size 350 x 34 mm, while the rear axle has 1-piston floating callipers and cast iron brake discs in size 330 x 22 mm.

Design: hallmark AMG expressiveness with personalisation potential

Based on the AMG Line, the new GLB 35 4MATIC is distinguishable by further model-specific design features. The AMG-specific radiator grille is used for the first time in a 35-series model, and emphasises membership of the AMG family. The front splitter, the prominent rear apron with two round, single tailpipe trim elements and the AMG roof spoiler in the vehicle colour also guarantee a high recognition factor.

The 19-inch AMG 5-twin-spoke light-alloy wheels painted in tantalum grey with a high-sheen finish and the AMG high-performance brake system with silver brake callipers and black AMG lettering at the front provide further visual highlights. Three further wheel variants from 19 to 21 inches are available on request, each in two colours.

The optional AMG Night package with design features such as the front splitter and rear apron trim in high-gloss black, plus black chrome-plated exhaust tailpipe trim elements, provides eye-catching highlights. Because depending on the chosen paint finish, the result is strong contrasts or flowing transitions.

Sporty and highly individualisable interior

Membership of the AMG family is visually underlined by the sport seats upholstered in black ARTICO man-made leather/DINAMICA microfibre with red double topstitching and red seat belts. Two optional Leather packages with a choice of two-tone upholstery, for example in classic red/black, and topstitching on the beltline and dashboard, enhance the interior even further.

With AMG-specific displays: the MBUX infotainment system

The innovative control and display concept MBUX creates an even closer bond between the vehicle, driver and passengers. At the same time the latest version of the infotainment system contributes to the great day-to-day suitability of the new GLB 35 4MATIC. Emotive displays such as the particularly striking Supersport mode with a central, round rev counter and bargraph-style driver information underline the exclusivity.

Whether it’s operated with the touchpad, Touch Control buttons on the steering wheel, by voice control or gesture control: the control concept is both versatile and flexible. Thanks to the innovative voice control – activated with the keyword "Hey Mercedes" – the AI software recognises and understands practically all commands common in infotainment and vehicle control – even when spoken indirectly.

With the three AMG-specific display styles "Classic", "Sporty" or "Supersport", the vehicle functions are directly visualised on the left side of the instrument cluster and in the touchscreen display on the right. Visually, the two displays under one shared glass cover blend into a Widescreen Cockpit and as a central element consequently emphasise the horizontal orientation of the interior design.

Obey any command: multifunction sports steering wheel

The multifunction sports steering wheel in nappa leather ensures first-class ergonomics and intuitive operation. The steering wheel rim with a flattened bottom section, perforated leather in the grip area and red contrasting topstitching is both attractive and pleasant to the touch. The galvanised steering wheel gearshift paddles allow an even sportier driving style with manual gear shifting.

The optional AMG Performance steering wheel and accompanying AMG steering wheel buttons are visibly and tangibly configured for performance. This allows fast and confident operation of specific dynamic functions – for a focussed, concentrated and performance-oriented driving style.

Two more passengers with the optional third seat row

The new GLB 35 4MATIC is the first compact car by Mercedes-AMG to be optionally available with a third seat row consisting of two additional individual seats, plus fore-and-aft adjustment of the second seat row and the EASY-ENTRY feature. The second seat row has a 40:60 split. The seats in the third row accommodate passengers up to a height of 1.68 metres in comfort. The seats can be lowered so that they are flush with the load compartment floor in order to extend the load compartment.

Convenience features in the third row include two drink holders between the seats and two stowage compartments with rubber-lined inserts on the left and right in the load compartment panelling. Each of these is fitted with a USB charging socket. The extensive safety equipment underlines the high day-to-day suitability. It consists of extendable head restraints, seat belts with belt tensioners and belt force limiters, a window airbag that also protects the passengers in the third seat row, and i-Size/ISOFIX and Top-Tether anchorages for suitable child seats.

Even more dynamism: the AMG RIDE CONTROL suspension

The optionally available AMG RIDE CONTROL suspension guarantees superior performance. The adaptive, electronically controlled damping provides a wide range of setups from comfortable to very sporty. The damping is adjusted individually for each wheel, and depends on the driving style, the road surface and the selected suspension setting.

The best possible operating point is always selected on the basis of numerous data such as acceleration or vehicle speed. The suspension characteristics are modified by simply selecting one of the drive programs Comfort, Sport or Sport+.

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