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Just saw this: Mercedes-AMG GLC43 sets the Audi SQ5 in its sights. Summarized:
  • 362hp V6TT, shared with the C43 (formerly the C450)
  • New 9 speed auto transmission
  • Rear-biased AWD
  • 0-60 in 4.8
  • Not a full-blown AMG - thing AMG lite.
  • Unveiled next week at the NY Auto Show, 2017 model

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It used to be simple. If you wanted a sporty, compact luxury CUV, you ran out and bought the excellent Audi SQ5. For the 2017 model year, the decision will be a lot tougher, thanks to the new Mercedes-AMG GLC43. You should be able to discern plenty about this new model based on the simple arrangement of those letters and numbers.

Like the upcoming C43 (née C450 AMG), the business end of the GLC43 hides a 3.0-liter, twin-turbocharged V6 good for 362 horsepower and 384 pound-feet of torque. Like the C-Class, expect plenty of performance from the six-cylinder engine, with Mercedes claiming the spicy CUV will hit 60 in 4.8 seconds and speeds up to 155 miles per hour. Both of those figures match the C450 Sedan, but the big difference between the two vehicles is how power is channeled to their standard, rear-biased 4Matic all-wheel-drive systems.

The GLC43, like the new C43 Coupe and Convertible, relies on Mercedes' new 9G-Tronic automatic transmission. Mercedes claims it's tuned specifically for the GLC43 and will pump out quicker shifts than in the automaker's less exciting nine-speed applications. We look forward to putting that claim to the test.

Of course, Mercedes has done a lot more than simply fettle under the GLC's hood. This crossover gets the AMG "Lite" styling treatment, with a more aggressive bodykit, bigger wheels, a much sportier cabin – the gorgeous thrones featured here are the optional seats – but none of it goes too far. It's all quite tastefully done, both inside and out (if you can ignore the buckets), and feels very much appropriate for the GLC's overall look. If it's anything like the C450, the GLC43 might not be dynamically better than the Audi SQ5, but it's going to look better and probably be a nicer place to spend some time. That's good for a few points, at least.

You can check out the first round of official GLC43 images up top, and stay tuned for even more when it makes its big debut next week in New York City.
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Looks like it will be good competition for the SQ5. It will likely compare in price and handling but probably sound a lot better if you like an aggressive tone.
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Glc 63 is already in the works and should stand toe to toe with macan turbo, that's why turbo s is really needed soon !
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Looks good. I would have considered getting the GLC43 if it was out when I first decided to buy a car.

I wanted more power than the cylinder they introduced the car with.

The Interiors look amazing on the latest gen of MB cars.

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I am not a fan of the iPad looking 7" Nav screen. Also do not like that it is not touch screen. Other than that not bad but I am not a Mercedes fan to begin with.
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Macan still looks nicer in terms of exterior design. Besides the "add-on"-looking nav. screen, interior seems pretty nice so I'd consider it if I am in a market for one.
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I am not a mb fan but I like that it is not too boyracer and I like that. If you like a more sober look, this is a decent compromise between not being too overdone while acknowledging it is not just an average glc

The interior is a bit too overdone for my liking but, perhaps, it is not aimed at 50 year olds

Performance should be good.

A good effort overall...
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I really like the C450 AMG (Soon to be renamed the C43 to match their new naming scheme). But the AMG GLE 63s did terrible against the BMW X6M, especially in handling. That makes me think the GLC43/63s may not be great either. The handling is what really sets the Macan apart from everything else. It's easy to go fast in a straight line.
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Looks good. I would have considered getting the GLC43 if it was out when I first decided to buy a car.

I wanted more power than the cylinder they introduced the car with.

The Interiors look amazing on the latest gen of MB cars.
Same. Would have definitely been a contender. My list when I bought only had the Macan on it.

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I am not a fan of the iPad looking 7" Nav screen. Also do not like that it is not touch screen. Other than that not bad but I am not a Mercedes fan to begin with.
Every time I get to the a pic like that it's startling. Seems like such a bizarre way to integrate a screen.
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My shopping list of SUVs were:

Land Rover Discovery - I really wanted this to be good, but the engine / transmission is horrible.
X3 - Design is too old. Not a huge fan BMWs current direction with styling / interior
SQ5 - Design is too old. Don't like the old Audi interiors / old electronics / Nav. (their next gen interiors look amazing)
GLC - Brand new, but only had 4 cylinder at launch
RDX - Boring / never been a fan of Acura interiors
NX - I really hate the styling of all new Lexuses

and finally..
Macan - Love the interior, best handling SUV in the class. I'm actually not in love with how it looks. To me... I want my SUVs to be more boxy... like a 2012 Range Rover Sport.

(all other SUVs, X5, Cayenne are bigger than what we wanted)
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