Mercedes-Benz X-Class makes its international debut in South Africa, and will be offered with two diesels and three trim levels and a 3500kg towing capacity
The wraps are off. Mercedes-Benz has unveiled its first pick-up truck the Mercedes-Benz X-Class at an international launch even in South Africa.
The X-Class will only be offered as a dual cab ute in Australia, and customers will be able to choose between a Nissan-sourced 2.3 litre four-cylinder turbo diesel in two states of tune: 120kW/403Nm X 220 d and the twin-turbo 140kW/450Nm tune of the X 250 d. The four-cylinder engines will be available with 4×2 and 4×4 driveline configurations, and the base engine is available in the entry level Pure model along with the mid-range Progressive and is only available with a six-speed manual. The beefier X 250 d can be had in all three specification levels and is also available with a six-speed automatic.
Mercedes-Benz is fitting its own 3.0 litre turbo diesel V6, which produces 190kW/550Nm is paired exclusively to Benz’s seven speed 7G-TRONIC seven-speed automatic transmission and their 4MATIC permanent four-wheel drive system.
The X-Class is built upon a ladder-type frame, rear multi-link solid axle, front independent wheel suspension and coil springs on both axles, all of which are shared with its Nissan Navara donor car.
All models will be able to tow up to 3500kg with a 1100kg payload.
Safety equipment will include seven airbags, autonomous emergency braking and a reversing camera. More expensive models will have a 360degree camera system and automatic parking.
As per all utes in this segment, a wide range of accessories will be available, and in typical Mercedes-Benz style, a number of styling and luxury options will be available, to allow owners to customise their X-Class to individual tastes.
The three trim grades are designed to appeal to a broad range of buyers. The entry level Pure is basic, with a no frills interior and it may appeal to fleet buyers. The mid-spec Progressive is said to balance work and play, and is targeted at those who own their own businesses. The top of the range Power is aimed at those who need a prestige/luxury vehicle but lead a semi-active lifestyle.
Exact pricing and specification levels for Australian-delivered X-Class models are yet to be confirmed, but deliveries will commence in early 2018.