Admittedly, it is doable that these pictures present the already revealed GLB 35. A handful of distinct cues, nonetheless, give us motive to imagine that is not the case. Go on, give the illustrations a glance and see in case you spot the telltale indicators of a 45-badged Mercedes-AMG mannequin. See it? These 4 exhaust pipes poking out of the rear bumper are a element lacking from the GLB 35, which options simply two exhaust suggestions. Moreover, the entrance bumper consists of slight alterations to the decrease fascia, together with extra element work throughout the stylized cooling ducts on the left and proper corners of the crossover.
Sure, the adjustments are delicate, however is that actually stunning? Take into account the GLA 35 and GLA 45 look largely the identical, save for the fashions’ mildly massaged entrance fascias, totally different exhaust tip orientations, and altered rear wings (the latter of which seems unchanged between the GLB 35 and GLB 45).
The true magic of the GLB 45 just isn’t its exterior decor anyway, however what sits underneath the hood. Rather than the lesser 35’s 302-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four, the GLB 45 should make use of a hand-assembled 382-hp turbo 2.0-liter 4, which ought to shave greater than 0.5 second from the GLB 35’s manufacturer-estimated 5.1-second trot to 60 miles per hour. Moreover, we anticipate the all-wheel-drive crossover will incorporate torque-vectoring on the rear axle to raised assist it carve by means of corners. An eight-speed dual-clutch automated transmission is because of function the dealer between the engine and the drive wheels.
Anticipate the GLB 45 to reach earlier than the top of the yr as a 2021 mannequin yr car. Whereas pricing for even the GLB 35 stays underneath wraps, we anticipate each it and the forthcoming GLB 45 to intently mirror the beginning sums of the CLA 35 and CLA 45 sedans (or four-door coupe, in case you want). As such, plan on dropping north of $45,000 for the GLB 35 and round $55,000 for the racier GLB 45—and that is earlier than diving into the 2 fashions’ choices menus.