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Mercedes-Benz Reveal X-Class Details

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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.Mercedes X-Class

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.Mercedes X Class Interior

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