Mercedes-Benz Pickup Unveiled at Long Last

Mercedes-Benz X Class unveiled | The Car Expert

On the inside Mercedes-Benz has paid careful attention to giving the X-Class a unique identity. To this end, the X-Class has an eight-inch touchscreen, multi-function steering wheel and multi-function touchpad, all borrowed from its luxury auto family. Accordingly you wouldn't expect a company like Mercedes Benz to bother with such low brow activity. Although the X-Class will be sold in many world markets, for now, there are currently no plans to bring it to America.

Mercedes-Benz has revealed the 2018 Mercedes-Benz X-Class pickup, a truck that many probably never really thought Mercedes would build. Mercedes-Benz first revealed plans to introduce a midsize pickup with the X-Class concept a year ago and now the production version is here. Ventilated disc brakes slow each wheel, rather than the more conventional disc front, drum rear setup used by many utes. The actual prototype made waves at the Geneva motorshow earlier this year.

X-class is Mercedes-Benz's first proper one-tonne ute. Customers will also be happy to know the model can tow up to 3.5 tonnes (3.8 tons) which is enough to haul a trailer carrying three horses. But being a Mercedes there are a few "refinements", let's say.

New Mercedes Benz X-Class Interior
Take a look inside the Mercedes Benz X-Class

The manufacturer is billing the X-Class as "the Mercedes among pickups" - a tough performance pickup with driveability and handling that matches driving dynamics and ride comfort. This is attained thanks to a suspension with fine tuning expected of a Mercedes. The only external hints of the X-Class' Japanese heritage are its identical 3150mm wheelbase, Nissan-sourced door handles and the shape of the side glass and door apertures. It fulfils all the demands placed on a workhorse. The X-Class gives Mercedes an offering that rivals BMW and Audi will unlikely match any time soon. The Power edition is the top of the line and is aimed more at the urban customer. Through its design and high level of equipment it reflects an independent and individualistic lifestyle.

Mercedes-Benz's 4Matic permanent all-wheel-drive (AWD) system will be standard across the range in order to take full advantage of the vehicle's off-road appetite. A 165hp petrol engine completes the line-up, and in 2018 the new pickup will be available with a 258hp V6 petrol option. 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.

Starting with the engine models, we see an X 200, X 220d, X 250d and X 350d.




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