Mercedes-Benz X-Class ute officially unveiled

In Germany the entry-level price for the Mercedes Benz X-Class bakkie will be the equivalent of R555 000

Mercedes-Benz finally unveiled the production version of the all-new X-Class bakkie (pickup) to the world.

Mercedes has apparently already taken several hundred reservations for the pick-up, despite no official confirmation on pricing.

We'll drive the new X-Class in October and the first United Kingdom customers will get their cars before the end of the year but to whet our appetites, Mercedes has given us a passenger ride around a test track and over some challenging off-road terrain in its first ever pick-up truck. Built on the Nissan Navara platform and based on the concept unveiled at the Paris motor show previous year, the X-Class is meant to serve both as an all-terrain pickup and as a vehicle for urban use. The entry-level X 220d will produce 120kW/403Nm, while the mid-spec X 250d will push out 140kW/450Nm.

The four-pot diesels will be available from launch, which is slated for the beginning of 2018 in Australia, however the V6 isn't set for release until mid-2018.

This post is being updated.

The 2018 Mercedes-Benz X-Class Luxury Truck Is Finally Real

There will be three design and equipment variants to choose from as well as four or six-cylinder engines, rear-wheel drive and engagable or permanent all-wheel drive, a six-speed manual transmission and a seven-speed automatic transmission. Slated to be a luxurious and yet powerful vehicle, the Mercedes-Benz X-Class is all muscles and opulence as is dominant in all vehicles of its brand.

On the road, the X-Class is based on the Navara body but is longer, wider and lower than its rival.

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.

The X-Class will be able to haul up to 1.1 metric tons in the bed of the truck (2,425 pounds), enough to transport 17 full 50-liter barrels of beer, according to the German automaker. It is noted that most of the exterior is borrowed from other cars in the line Mercedes.

Beyond that, the updated S-Class features Mercedes' next level of semi-autonomous driving functions using higher levels of GPS map data for smoother integration of its adaptive cruise control and lane keeping assistance systems, while adding elements like Active Lane Changing Assist and Emergency Stop Assist that first debuted in the new E-Class range previous year. Here, with an off-road ratio transfer case and differential locks for both axles the company signature 4Matic all-wheel drive system.

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