As promised last week, the new Mercedes-Benz pickup known as X-Class was finally unveiled today in its production version.
Set to be one of the most luxurious pickup trucks ever made, Mercedes says the X-Class will suit those looking for rugged, off-road driving as well as those looking for a big family vehicle for urban driving. Mercedes-Benz is yet to reveal Australian pricing with further details expected before the X220d and X250d launch in early 2018, with the X350d to follow later in the year.
The pick-up is a new market for Mercedes with the X-Class taking aim at class leaders like the Nissan Navara and Mitsubishi L200 - but adding luxury touches never seen before.
Based on the ladder-framed undercarriage of the Nissan Navara, the X-Class is powered by three engines - a Nissan-sourced 2.3 litre turbo diesel four-cylinder in 120kW/403Nm and 140kW/450Nm trim, and a range-topping turbo diesel V6 from Benz's own engine catalogue. In the X 220 d with single turbocharger it generates 120 kW/163 hp and in the biturbo X 250 d no less than 140 kW/190 hp.
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Next year, the X-Class will offer a 255bhp V6 model with four-wheel drive.
Customers will find themselves faced with a choice of six seat covers, and Mercedes-Benz is keen to assert that the X-Class will be available with the widest choice of materials and colours in the pick-up segment. They've aimed for a high level of driving dynamics, stylish comfort and great functionality to make the X Class the Mercedes of bakkies, literally. Due to very specific market requirements, for example in Dubai and Morocco, the 122kW X 200 petrol model is only available as a left-hand drive vehicle with rear wheel drive.
To get a rough idea of price, the X-CLass will cost €37,294 over in the Continent. Pure pays special attention to ruggedness and utility while Progressive bridges the gap between Pure and Power with more attention to luxury. Here, with an off-road ratio transfer case and differential locks for both axles the company signature 4Matic all-wheel drive system.
In terms of interior design and available technology, the X-Class looks much more like a Mercedes-Benz than its donor vehicle, with a full range of infotainment and safety systems lifted from other Benz models.