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Mercedes-AMG GLC43 is Germany's latest hot compact crossover

There's a growing class of compact crossovers coming from Germany. They're nimble and pent up, all of them pack 3.0-liter six-cylinder engines, artificially aspirated to around 360 horsepower and capable of hitting 60 in about five seconds, give or take. And Mercedes threw its hat in the ring here at the New York Auto Show with the model you see here.

It's called the Mercedes-AMG GLC43. It's powered by a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 rated at 362 horsepower and 384 pound-feet of torque, capable of sending it to 60 miles per hour in 4.8 seconds. That puts it in good company, and compares rather well to the competition. The Audi SQ5 churns 354 hp out of an engine the same size but supercharged for a 5.1-second sprint. The BMW X4 M40i arranges its cylinders inline and dispatches 355 hp for a 4.7-second time. And though the Macan Turbo offers more, the Macan GTS enters the same company with 360 hp and a 0-60 time measured at 5.0 seconds (or 4.8 with the optional Sport Chrono pack).

The addition of the Benz into the field will make choosing one over the other a tough prospect – one made even more so by the reveal under the same roof (but with a slantier one) of the GLC Coupe. Of course if you're looking for the same engine in a sedan, coupe, cabriolet, or roadster, Mercedes will gladly hook you up with a C43 or SLC43 as well, which only makes us scratch our heads for longer. But far be it from us to complain at the arrival of another AMG model.

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