Mercedes-Benz have released plenty more detail covering their new X-Class, the company’s first pick up – manufactured alongside the Renault Alaskan and Nissan Navara in Spain.
Despite the shared underpinnings, the X-Class has its own range of engines and its own suspension settings. Due for launch towards the end of the year, prices should start around £28,000. This will be important for Mercedes to distance their offering from the ‘lesser’ car brands.
There are to be three variants, the PURE basic variant for working with, PROGRESSIVE for higher requirements in terms of quality feel and comfort, and POWER as the “high-end variant for urban lifestyles” – aka the Chelsea tractor.
There will plenty of opportunity for X-Class owners to pimp their pick ups. From launch, customers can add a styling bar, side bar, canopy, various covers as well as numerous load area and off-road solutions – all developed and designed by Mercedes.
Initial choice of engines sees a common rail diesel at 163 or190hp – the UK will not be getting the 2WD 165hp petrol engine version. A top-of-the-range V6 diesel (258hp) will be released next year – this will top the segment in terms of performance.
As far as the off road performance goes, the X-Class has engageable 4MATIC all-wheel drive with low-range gearing and optional differential lock on the rear axle with permanent all-wheel drive option from 2018.
As you would expect from Mercedes-Benz, all the safety gadgets are included – Active Brake Assist, Lane Keeping Assist and Traffic Sign Assist, among others.
Using ‘Mercedes me connect’, X-Class customers are connected to their vehicle via smartphone and can look up its location or the fuel level.
The X-Class has an impressive payload of up to 1.1 tonnes with a towing capacity of up to 3.5 tonnes. The load bed will take a Euro-pallet straight between the wheel arches and comes with lighting in the cargo area as standard – a first in the segment.