Mercedes-Benz recently introduced the all-new GLB, which fits in below the GLC and is available with a seven-seat option.
This week Mercedes took the wraps off the GLB 35 AMG 4Matic, which will likely offer a more practical alternative to more traditional hot hatches.
The 35 is equipped with a turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine that develops 225kW and 400Nm.
Thanks to the AMG Performance 4Matic all-wheel drive and an eight-speed DCT gearbox, the GLB 35 can get to 100km/h in 5.2 seconds.
The new GLB 35 4Matic is the first compact car by Mercedes-AMG to be optionally available with a third seat row consisting of two additional individual seats, plus fore-and-aft adjustment of the second seat row and the EASY-ENTRY feature. The second seat row has a 40:60 split. The seats in the third row accommodate passengers up to a height of 1.68 metres in comfort. The seats can be lowered so that they are flush with the load compartment floor in order to extend the load compartment.
Convenience features in the third row include two drink holders between the seats and two stowage compartments with rubber-lined inserts on the left and right in the load compartment panelling. Each of these is fitted with a USB charging socket. The extensive safety equipment underlines the high day-to-day suitability. It consists of extendable head restraints, seat belts with belt tensioners and belt force limiters, a window airbag that also protects the passengers in the third seat row, and i-Size/ISOFIX and Top-Tether anchorages for suitable child seats.
This particular model hasn’t been confirmed for SA yet, but since we’re such a big AMG market, we can’t see it not coming here.