Mercedes-Benz X-Class REVEALED - Mercedes' Posh Premium Pick-Up arrives

Leigh Mccormick
July 19, 2017

The X-Class POWER is a lifestyle vehicle beyond the mainstream - suitable for urban environments as well as for sports and leisure activities off the beaten track.

Mercedes-Benz has confirmed full details of its updated S-Class limousine, a auto that can alter its own on-road character as well as the behaviour of its driver.

The new Mercedes X-Class Pick-Up has been revealed as Mercedes take the Nissan Navara and created the first Posh Premium Pick-Up.

Billed as the first pickup from a premium manufacturer, the X-Class features a prominent grille which is flanked by LED-infused headlights. When it launches, it will be sold in Europe, South Africa, Australia, Argentina, and Brazil.

Mercedes-Benz is claiming a 600mm wading depth for the ute and up to 221mm of ground clearance.

Five of the top 10 selling vehicles in NZ year-to-date are utes.

Scheduled to go on sale in Germany in November 2017, the starting price of €37,294 including value-added tax buys you a refreshingly spartan configuration.

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Best of all, it will be from within the comfort of a real Mercedes-Benz.

The concept X Class has been splashed around the interwebs for something like two years.

"As a result, with the X-class, we can effectively provide a solution for trade and fleet customers, and we will find out just how far this category can evolve for private customers who need the vehicle to support their lifestyle".

Also available is a 163bhp petrol engine for the X 200 spec. Mercedes is aiming to meet the rising demand for pick-up trucks with the refinement and convenience features of a conventional auto. At the same time its comfort and design make it ideal for visiting customers or suppliers and for private activities. They are no longer viewed purely as workhorses, says Mercedes. All models come with rear-wheel drive and a six-speed manual gearbox, with the diesel models also available with switchable four-wheel drive. Initially the two entry variants will be released, with three main trims lines ranging from Pure, Progressive, and Power.

Under the bonnet there will be four and six-cylinder diesels ranging from 161bhp to 188bhp. By mid-2018, a 255-horse V6 turbodiesel with 406 lb-ft of torque will be added.

All-wheel drive for any surface: The engageable 4MATIC all-wheel drive with low-range gearing and optional differential lock on the rear axle masters any terrain.

A range of nine exterior colours will be available, with wheels ranging from 17-inch steel rims in the Pure to 18 and 19-inch alloy wheels on the Progressive and Power respectively. The lined tub will carry 1.1 tonnes, while braked towing capacity is listed at a maximum 3.5 tonnes, though the latter is only in the V6 variant.

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