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Mercedes unveils their X-Class pickup

Mercedes unveils their X-Class pickup
Santosh Nair Santosh Nair Wednesday 19 July 2017, 15:00 PM

Mercedes-Benz X-Class has finally taken the wraps off the X-Class in the global market. This vehicle is the result of joint R&D by Nissan and Mercedes-Benz. In fact it is underpinned by the same platform used by the Nissan Navara and Renault’s upcoming Alaskan. On the looks front, Mercedes has been able to retain the traditional Merc styling on the front fascia with the X-Class using a grille that’s similar to the GLS-Class.

The interiors of the X-Class inherit many Mercedes-Benz design elements such as the standard 5.4-inch infotainment screen, a multi-functional steering wheel, and electric seats with added lumbar support. However, you will notice that the simple dash and door-pad layout point to a more utilitarian design, which is what this vehicle is all about.

There will be a choice of three engine options on the X-Class. The diesel motor will be available in two power outputs - the X220d version with 163bhp, and the X250d variant with a higher output of 190bhp. These will be further complimented by a 165bhp petrol engine, and all engine options will be coupled to either a six-speed manual or a seven-speed automatic transmission.

Mercedes-Benz claims that the X-Class will have an approach angle of 20.4 degrees, which is competitive when you look at rivals like the Chevy Colorado (17.6 degrees). Even the base variants of the X-Class will come with the brand’s 4MATIC and a locking rear differential. Mercedes has also announced that the more powerful 258bhp X350d option will eventually join the line-up in mid-2018.

The Mercedes-Benz X-Class will roll into German showrooms by November 2017, after which the South African and Australian markets are scheduled to get the car in by early 2018. The X-Class will eventually hit South American markets such as Brazil and Argentina later in 2019.


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