The Mercedes-Benz GLB is considered to be more of a family oriented crossover. Yet this didn’t stop the German luxury automaker from injecting a bit of sportiness into the mix. Thus, we have the new Mercedes-AMG GLB 35 4Matic, which recently made its way to our market.
From the get-go, you can tell that this is an AMG model with its AMG-specific front grille, 19-inch 5-spoke alloy rims, AMG rear apron, and AMG black lettering. Even the dual round tailpipes are another dead giveaway that this is a sporty iteration.
Step inside and you will be greeted by that same 7-seater interior, albeit with touches like an AMG 3-spoke flat bottom steering wheel clad in Nappa leather, Artico Dinamica upholstered seats, and that certain air that comes with cars with the three-pointed star.
Tech is naturally part of this modern crossover with a fully digital instrument cluster with AMG specific displays, a 10.25-inch infotainment display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and and of course, MBUX interface with voice control function. The last piece of kit allows you to simply say Hey, Mercedes when you wish to give a command.
Like any AMG vehicle, however, the star is what’s under the hood. In this case, it’s a 2.0-liter turbocharged mill with 306bhp on tap. Mated to a 9-speed SpeedShift DCT and AMG Performance 4Matic all-wheel drive system, drivers get the optimum balance between comfort, sportiness, and go-anywhere capability.
The driver can even select the best mode to suit his style or the road conditions via the AMG Dynamic Select system that lets one choose between Slippery, Comfort, Sport, Sport+, and Individual.
And of course, convenience and safety are part of the mix. You get goodies like Keyless Go, as well as the Parking Package with Active Parking Assist and reversing camera that makes getting into and out of those parking spaces a cinch. As for safety, aside from the usual alphabet soup of safety gear, you get Attention Assist that detects if you’re dozing off behind the wheel and warns you accordingly.
All told, the Mercedes-AMG GLB 35 4Matic looks to be a fine mix of sport, versatility, comfort, and go-anywhere capability. Check it out at your nearest Mercedes-Benz Philippines dealer today. Suggested retail price is pegged at P5,690,000.