Mercedes-Benz X-Class pickup a first from a premium manufacturer

2 MinutesBy NZ Trucking magazineJuly 20, 2017

The demand for mid-size pickups with passenger car characteristics and comfort has been rising, and the Mercedes-Benz X-Class has been developed with this in mind.

The Mercedes-Benz X-Class unites the typical traits of a pickup – robustness, functionality, strength and off-road capabilities – with the classical characteristics of a real Mercedes: design, comfort, driving dynamics and safety.

The X-Class is available in nine exterior colours and six seat covers including two leather variants. Optional extras such as a styling bar, side bar, canopy, various covers as well as numerous cargo and off-road solutions are available.

Built to suit different lifestyles and work environments, the PURE basic variant is for classic robust use, the PROGRESSIVE for higher requirements in terms of quality feel and comfort, and the high-end POWER variant for urban lifestyles.

Thanks to the wide track, the spring and damping system tuned for the comfort typical of a Mercedes, and the coil springs as well as internally vented disc brakes on the front and rear, the X-Class is the first pickup that offers not just excellent off-road but also superb on-road performance.

The X-Class can haul a payload of up to 1.1 tonnes and can tow up to 3.5 tonnes. It has a long 3150mm wheelbase with a short and cladded front overhang, backward shifted passenger compartment and a very long rear overhang.

The market launch will start with the diesel X 220 d (120kW/163hp) and X 250 d (140kW/190hp) as well as a petrol engine (122kW/165hp) in selected markets, and a V6 diesel with 190kW/258hp will be released mid-2018.

The engageable 4MATIC all-wheel drive with low-range gearing and optional differential lock on the rear axle masters any terrain. From mid-2018 a permanent all-wheel drive will complement the portfolio.

Like all Mercedes-Benz vehicles, the X-Class has passive and active safety equipment. This includes Active Brake Assist, Lane Keeping Assist and Traffic Sign Assist, among others.

The X-Class will be available locally in the first quarter of 2018.