Mercedes-AMG has given its baby GLB crossover the high-performance treatment, in the form of the new GLB 35.

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Under the bonnet of the hot SUV is the same 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine used by the A35 hatch, A35 sedan, CLA 35 sedan and CLA 35 Shooting Brake wagon, AMG’s other mild performance compact cars. The GLB’s outputs are identical to that of its siblings, meaning 225kW of power and 400Nm of torque.

Drive is sent to all wheels through an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and a front-biased 4MATIC all-wheel-drive system, which enable a 5.2-second 0-100km/h sprint time and a 250km/h top speed.

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Under the skin, the 35 rides on stiffer suspension than the regular GLB, configured through five drive modes: Slippery, Comfort, Sport, Sport+ and Individual. The brakes have also received an upgrade – four-piston calipers clamp 350mm discs up front, while single-piston units wrap around 330mm discs at the rear.

19-inch wheels are fitted as standard, with rims up to 21 inches available as an option.

Visually, the GLB 35 can be differentiated by its more aggressive intakes, unique rear bumper, lip spoiler, Panamericana grille and black wheel arch and side skirt trim.

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Inside, AMG has fitted new sports seats, in addition to a flat-bottomed steering wheel, red accents and AMG badges. The MBUX infotainment system carries over from the regular model, as does the seven-seat configuration.

The Mercedes-Benz GLB 35 lands Down Under in the second quarter of 2020, following its debut at the Frankfurt motor show.

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