When Mercedes-Benz came out with the GLB a few months ago, it was a bit of a oddball in the lineup. It was small and, unusual in the automaker's range, boxy. The G-Class aside, it looks like nothing else in Mercedes-Benz's current lineup. The compact crossover can even seat seven.
But despite that, the folks over at AMG got their hands on one and gave it quite the upgrade. Introducing the Mercedes-AMG GLB 35, possibly the fastest small seven seater you can buy today. It's no cosmetic package either. This compact and upright crossover packs a lot of heat under the hood.
The GLB 35 has a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine under the hood, which sounds pretty pedestrian. But because it's an AMG, they dialed up the power to 302 PS and a punchy 400 Nm of torque. It then shifts via an eight-speed automatic transmission while keeping it glued to the road is its 4Matic all-wheel drive system. Also, Mercedes-AMG tuned the suspension by lowering it and giving it stiffer springs and dampers. If that's not enough, the all-wheel drive system got a tweak too.
With power and torque like that, the compact three-row crossover can do the 0 to 100 km/h sprint in just 5.2 seconds and keeps on going all the way to its electronically limited top speed of 250 km/h. To put things into perspective, it slightly out-accelerates the Subaru WRX (5.4 seconds) and it's miles ahead of the Toyota 86 (7.6 seconds). Plus, the GLB 35 can do something those two can't, which is to bring along six people with you.
So if you're looking for a small, three-row crossover that flies under the radar, perhaps it's time to ask Mercedes-Benz Philippines if they're willing to bring one in for you in the near future