Mercedes-Benz finally reveals its SA-bound 'X-Class

18 July, 2017, 23:53 | Author: Pamela Mathis
  • A spy shot of the Mercedes-AMG S63 Cabriolet

A larger V6 diesel will join the X-Class range in 2018 with 255bhp on tap.

Beyond its design, we do know that the X-Class will be based around the body-on-frame chassis now used by the Nissan Navara and Renault Alaskan. All that power will be accessible either through a six-speed manual or seven-speed automatic transmission. When this arrives, it'll be the most powerful pickup in the UK.

In countries with access to the X-class, there will be a number of powertrain options. Viewed side-on, its pickup pedigree is clear to see, but from the front the huge radiator grille and three-pointed star leave its provenance in no doubt.

Four engine and three transmission options will be available, starting with a small 2.3-liter four-cylinder diesel ranging up to a 258-horsepower V6 diesel.

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However, with this new pickup - which shares a platform with the new Nissan Navara, a truck we will likely be getting in the form of the new Frontier next year - Mercedes seems to be learning that its brand can accommodate both work-truck and more luxury-minded buyers with a single vehicle.

The X-Class will come in three basic trims: Pure, Progressive and Power. You can get COMAND infotainment, and a version of that system with a touchpad for fingertip writing is optional. Leather seats can be had at an extra cost. The X-Class will also be able to communicate with a smartphone app, which will relay the truck's location, as well as information about the amount of fuel in its tank.

The new Mercedes-Benz X-Class will be available in SA early next year. Oh, and the company will even leave off the X-Class' rear bumper if you ask, allowing the tailgate to swing open 180 degrees instead of the standard 90 degrees. Some Mercedes fans may cry foul at this point but the X-Class won't just be dramatically different to its cousins but be unlike any other pickup on the market. First deliveries are expected January 2018.


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