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Back in June, Mercedes introduced the Mercedes-Benz GLB crossover.  That car came configured with 221 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque, and a 8-speed automatic transmission. Now AMG is getting their hands on the GLB and making some performance improvements. 

First up is the engine, still a 2.0 liter transversely mounted turbo-charge unit, but it now produces 302 horspower and 295 lb-ft from 3,000 - 4,000 rpm. The engine block is made from a lightweight die-cast aluminum to reduce overall weight. AMG also swapped out the standard 8-speed automatic for an 8-speed dual clutch transmission.  During upshifts, partial ignition interruption produces a sporty sound experience, while the double-declutch function during downshifts improves shifting comfort.  If you're racing for pink-slips, it AMG GLB 35 comes with a Race Start function that offers higher RPMs from a standstill and alters shift points to produce maximum possible acceleration. Race Start stays active as long as the accelerator is kept fully engaged. 

AMG tuned the all-wheel drive system as well to allow a variable torque split from completely front-wheel drive to a 50:50 front:rear split. The suspension is an adaptive, electronically controlled damping is adjusted depending on the settings of Comfort, Sport, or Sport+.

AMG put their final touches on the appearance. An AMG specific grille, AMG specific MBUX screens that feature a "super sport" mode, and a flat bottom steering wheel. 

The 2021 AMG GLB 35 will make its official debut at the Frankfurt International Motor Show and enter the US market sometime in late 2020. 

 


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I think this looks really good. It's probably smaller than I'd ever want to go again but it's probably a a pretty kickass daily for somebody who likely doesn't need a ton of space too often. 

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That third row looks tight...for small kids only

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Will say this is probably the best looking CUV from MB today. Actually looks like a CUV and not a coupe.

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39 minutes ago, ccap41 said:

I think this looks really good. It's probably smaller than I'd ever want to go again but it's probably a a pretty kickass daily for somebody who likely doesn't need a ton of space too often. 

 

28 minutes ago, Robert Hall said:

That third row looks tight...for small kids only

Maybe Mercedes should have done what Cadillac did with the XT5: ditch the third row entirely for trunk space.  Those third-row seats should be used for storage, not passengers.

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4 minutes ago, dfelt said:

Will say this is probably the best looking CUV from MB today. Actually looks like a CUV and not a coupe.

And they have the GLA for a 2 row w/ more of a coupe profile.

1 minute ago, riviera74 said:

 

Maybe Mercedes should have done what Cadillac did with the XT5: ditch the third row entirely for trunk space.  Those third-row seats should be used for storage, not passengers.

Well, they already have a couple compact 2 row models--the GLA and GLC...

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25 minutes ago, riviera74 said:

 

Maybe Mercedes should have done what Cadillac did with the XT5: ditch the third row entirely for trunk space.  Those third-row seats should be used for storage, not passengers.

The third row is an option.

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58 minutes ago, riviera74 said:

Maybe Mercedes should have done what Cadillac did with the XT5: ditch the third row entirely for trunk space.  Those third-row seats should be used for storage, not passengers.

Most third rows in vehicles can be folded flat. I would only assume something this size with a third row would have the rear seats fold-able so the hatch space can actually be used. 

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8 minutes ago, ccap41 said:

Most third rows in vehicles can be folded flat. I would only assume something this size with a third row would have the rear seats fold-able so the hatch space can actually be used. 

Just hope it is truly engineered to minimize taking that cargo space, forgot which CUV I saw recently that had a fold flat 3rd row, but it was terribly implemented and ate up interior cargo space.

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9 minutes ago, dfelt said:

Just hope it is truly engineered to minimize taking that cargo space, forgot which CUV I saw recently that had a fold flat 3rd row, but it was terribly implemented and ate up interior cargo space.

Definitely.

It has to be pretty damn close to flat to appeal to me. Perfectly flat isn't necessary but it has to be damn close and it isn't so much needing the extra space but laying things flat that I just bought or am transporting is the concern. 

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We are debating 3rd row seats and cargo room of a 182 inch long vehicle.  The people buying this aren’t buying it for 3rd row, that 3rd row is there for the 3 times a year they need to carry a couple extra people and they can stick the kids back there.  If seating for 7 adults and cargo capacity is most important for $40k they are probably buying a minivan.

I think 300 hp is the sweet spot for this size SUV,  221 seems boring and 400 is probably pointless in a subcompact SUV.  They will sell a lot of these.

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No, we're debating on the foldability of the 3rd row for the reasons you mentioned, people won't be sitting there often. 

...less torque than my MKC... 

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16 minutes ago, smk4565 said:

We are debating 3rd row seats and cargo room of a 182 inch long vehicle.  The people buying this aren’t buying it for 3rd row, that 3rd row is there for the 3 times a year they need to carry a couple extra people and they can stick the kids back there.  If seating for 7 adults and cargo capacity is most important for $40k they are probably buying a minivan.

I think 300 hp is the sweet spot for this size SUV,  221 seems boring and 400 is probably pointless in a subcompact SUV.  They will sell a lot of these.

The GLB is a compact, not a sub-compact. The GLA is a sub-compact. 

Having looked at the pics of the third row I’m assuming that any kids that have to go back there are double leg amputees. I’ve said it before, if you need a third row for ANY reason, get a suitable size vehicle. Ones this size are purely a marketing gimmick IMO and a bad one at that. 

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As I posted, this is probably one of the best looking CUVs MB has made in a while, yet is far from perfect and I have been looking at the pictures over and over and it finally dawned on me what makes this look cheap. Interiors are personal choice and I really do not have any big issue with it at this time as nothing stands out as glaring.

OUTSIDE, Big issue with the following two things. The bloody CHEAP looking black fake plastic Gills on the front end with the black plastic mold around the wheel wells and bottom of doors and the back bumper and the second issue is that ugly silver painted after thought on the black rear bumper wrapping around the dual exhuast.

To me, MB as a luxury auto company should have done something better than this as well as AMG is missing the flare on this model. To me this looks more like a top end regular CUV from MB.

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I think it looks good, maybe just a little narrow.

 

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6 hours ago, ccap41 said:

No, we're debating on the foldability of the 3rd row for the reasons you mentioned, people won't be sitting there often. 

...less torque than my MKC... 

Except an MKC 2.3 Ecoboost does 0-60 in 6.5 seconds and a GLB 35 does it in 5.1.  This GLB is faster than an Ecoboost Mustang or V6 Camaro, and it is compact crossover.  This is the slowest AMG product and it is still pretty quick.  Plus it looks good, plus it is in the biggest growth segment, plus I suspect this will start around $45k, they'll sell lots.

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14 hours ago, smk4565 said:

Except an MKC 2.3 Ecoboost does 0-60 in 6.5 seconds and a GLB 35 does it in 5.1.  This GLB is faster than an Ecoboost Mustang or V6 Camaro, and it is compact crossover.  This is the slowest AMG product and it is still pretty quick.  Plus it looks good, plus it is in the biggest growth segment, plus I suspect this will start around $45k, they'll sell lots.

It still has less torque than a Lincoln and at higher RPM. Pathetic Mercedes. 

The GLB hasn't been tested by a 3rd party yet. I think it is safe to assume that we don't know what it is and isn't quicker than yet. 

If it happens to be quicker than a 2.3 Mustang and V6 Camaro, it should as it's nearly twice the price. FWIW, the V6 Camaro has actually tested at 0-60 in 5.1 seconds. 

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14 hours ago, smk4565 said:

Except an MKC 2.3 Ecoboost does 0-60 in 6.5 seconds and a GLB 35 does it in 5.1.  This GLB is faster than an Ecoboost Mustang or V6 Camaro, and it is compact crossover.  This is the slowest AMG product and it is still pretty quick.  Plus it looks good, plus it is in the biggest growth segment, plus I suspect this will start around $45k, they'll sell lots.

Non-sequitor.  There is no point in comparing a compact CUV with a Camaro or Mustang.  Different niche, different buyers.

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7 minutes ago, balthazar said:

Not to mention; no one is drag racing CUVs so 0-60 times are meaningless.

Exactly.  Only journos and brand obsessives care about such nonsense.

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I honestly would rather have them quote 45 to 60 time as a more meaningful time representing passing, getting up to freeway speed from the on ramp. I am sure there are far better ways we could think up quickness to represent real world driving than the 0 to 60 time.

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I've been over the 0-60 time for awhile now.

I know it isn't as realistic but I feel like it hits more points and that's the 1/4 mile time and mph. I feel like you get an idea of the initial grip, mid range power, high end power, and multiple shift changes. I know the overall measurement itself is pretty meaningless but it gives you an idea of a few different measures that you may be interested in. 

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2 hours ago, Robert Hall said:

Non-sequitor.  There is no point in comparing a compact CUV with a Camaro or Mustang.  Different niche, different buyers.

Compact SUV is replacing sports sedans and coupes in the market.  3-series sales are half what they used to be because of the X3.  Camaro and Mustang are down, Camaro won’t even be here in 5 years because people will buy SUVs instead.

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22 minutes ago, smk4565 said:

Compact SUV is replacing sports sedans and coupes in the market.  3-series sales are half what they used to be because of the X3.  Camaro and Mustang are down, Camaro won’t even be here in 5 years because people will buy SUVs instead.

This thing is just a CUV, though, not an SUV...it's on a transverse FWD  platform..just another generic CUV, not unlike the Acadia and others from GM..lease appliances...

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