THE NEW seven-seat Mercedes-AMG GLB 35 has joined the compact SUV segment, motivated by a turbocharged two-litre, four-cylinder, engine capable of 225kW and driving through an AMG SpeedShift DCT8 transmission and equipped with an AMG Performance 4Matic all-wheel drive.
All of which co-operated to produced a 5.1sec launch to 100km/h takes only 5.1 sec.
Up to seven passengers have a raised SUV range of seats and room for plenty of luggage.
Tobias Moers, CEO of Mercedes-AMG, told The Corner in a media release: “The GLB 35 4Matic extends our product portfolio as ”highly attractive model” for an outdoor target group which requires mobile versatility. and ”attaches special importance to versatility”.
A die-cast aluminium crankcase has reduced overall vehicle weight, Merc says, and the exhaust turbocharging ”combines quick response at low engine speeds with a strong power increase at higher revolutions”.
AUTO DOUBLE DE-CLUTCH
The engine also showcases a variety of technical innovations, among them CamTronic variable valve control, intended to benefit lower fuel consumption. Buyers who live at high altitude or have to weather severe winters will appreciate the thermal management system which accelerates engine warm-up,
The transmission, Mercedes explains, has been optimised for quick gear-shifts and a sporty driving style within its capabilities as an SUV, as well as comfort-oriented gearshifts for relaxed journeys though that twin exhaust system does the Merc no favours…
Ignition interruption during upshifts is said to add ”a sporty sound experience” while the double-declutch does its synchronised dancing with engine and transmission speeds.
Talking sporty, the AMG GLB 35 has a RACE START (Mercs capital letters) function: higher engine revs from launch produces the best possible traction and maximum acceleration and remains in operation as long as the go pedal is fully depressed.
As if all that wasn’t enough, Mercedes has added its AMG Dynamic Select drive programs to cater for various road-surface conditions: Slippery, Comfort, Sport, Sport+ and Individual – play nicely on gravel or sit back on a freeway while the program self-modifies its response from ”serene comfort” to ”agile and sporty”.
Each of the above programs can be further modified with auto-invoked ”agility functions”: “Basic” and “Advanced”: all-wheel drive torque distribution, steering characteristics, and intervention thresholds.
A multi-disc clutch with AMG-specific electro-mechanical control allows front/rear torque split to change instantly changed according to the driving situation from front-only to a 50:50 distribution to the front and rear axle – each depending on driving speed, lateral and longitudinal acceleration, steering angle, as varying individual wheel rotation speeds.
The AMG brakes are said to have great fade-resistance thanks to large and ventilated discs.
ALLOY WHEEL RIMS
The GLB 35 has been treated to a number of AMG model-specific design features: the grille has been introduced for the first time on a 35-series model; the front splitter, prominent rear bumper, two round tailpipe trim elements and an AMG roof spoiler further advertise its heritage.
The grey 19” AMG five-spoked alloy wheel rims are polished and the brake assemblies shout ”AMG”. Rim options run from 19 to 21” and optional AMG Night package adds to the ”lookame” theme: front splitter and rear bumper are gloss black, as is the tail-pipes’ trim.
Ancillary controls involve buttons on the steering-wheel, gestures, or voice control – that last by saying “Hey Mercedes!”. Most voice commands will be accepted.
The flat-bottomed wheel itself is wrapped in perforated leather and the driver’s fingers will fall naturally to the shift paddles.
The new GLB 35, Mercedes says, is the brand’s first AMG compact car with a third row of two seats. The middle row is split 60:40 with fore-and- aft adjustment and can be dropped into a flush-floor load configuration.
Convenience features in the third row include two cupholders and two rubber-lined stowage compartments, each with a USB socket.
Crash mitigation equipment includes extendable head restraints, seat belts with tensioners and belt force limiters, a window crash-bag to shielf third-row occupants and IsoFix anchors.
The 2021 AMG GLB 35 will have its world premiere at the Frankfurt auto shop this month (September 2019) and reach global markets towards the end of 2020.
SOME TECHIE DATA…
2021 Mercedes-AMG GLB 35
Engine: Two-litre, four-cylinder, with exhaust turbocharger
Output: 225kW from 5800-6100rpm
Peak torque: 400Nm from 3000-4000rpm
Drive system: AMG Performance 4Matic variable all-wheel drive
Transmission: AMG SpeedShift DCT 8G dual-clutch transmission
Acceleration 0-100km/h – 5.1 seconds
Top speed: 155 mph (electronically limited)