Mercedes-AMG reveals GLB 35 with 306 hp, AWD

The AMG-tuned crossover adds 85 horsepower to the standard GLB.

Mercedes-AMG has introduced the GLB 35, giving the compact three-row crossover more oomph and a sportier exterior.

The basic GLB 250's 2.0-liter engine has been outfitted with a new twin-scroll turbocharger, increasing output from 221 horsepower to 306 ponies and 295 pound-feet of torque.

Power is delivered to all four wheels via 4Matic all-wheel drive, propelling the GLB to 62 mph in 5.2 seconds. The AMG-tuned model is limited to a 155-mph top speed.

A 'Slippery' drive program has been added to help tame the high-output engine on low-grip surfaces, while Sport and Sport+ focus on maximizing the performance experience with a more aggressive throttle and transmission response. Numerous suspension and chassis components have been redesigned or retuned for higher cornering speeds and low body roll.

The GLB 35 has been given a unique look with an AMG-spec grille, front splitter, new tailpipe trim and a roof spoiler. Its 19-inch wheels are painted in gloss tantalum grey, shrouding upgraded brakes with silver calipers. Buyers can also choose from additional wheels up to 21 inches.

Mercedes-Benz has not yet confirmed official pricing for either the GLB 250 or the GLB 35. The former is expected to land in the mid-$30,000 to low-$40,000 range, while the latter will likely be around $50,000.

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