• Video - Can The Mercedes X-Class Win a Tug-O-War Battle With the Toyota Hilux and Isuzu D-Max?

The results came in and they are...interesting

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Pickup tug-of-war battles have become the spectacles these days. Just about everybody’s doing some form of it, and yes, this video is no different. This tug-of-war battle comes to us by way of Carwow, which decided to pit a Mercedes X-Class against a pair of Japanese trucks: the Isuzu D-Max and the Toyota Hilux. As with most tug-of-war scraps, the objective of this competition is to pull the other truck into your side of the set cone. Whichever pickup manages to carry out this goal wins. We’re not going to divulge the winner here because, well, where’s the fun in that?

Mercedes X-Class Tug O’ War

This tug-of-war battle isn’t really played on an even playing field, at least as far as the Isuzu D-Max is concerned.

With a 1.9-liter turbocharged four-cylinder diesel engine that produces 164 horsepower and 265 pound-feet of torque, the D-Max was woefully outmatched by the Mercedes-Benz X-Class, which was powered by a 3.0-liter turbocharged diesel V-6 engine that produces 258 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque. Granted, this the turbo-diesel V-6 X-Class wasn’t supposed to be the D-Max’s foil in this particular battle — Carwow claims to have requested for the four-cylinder X-Class — but Mercedes sent it anyway and, well, you have to take what you’re given. The battle proceeded anyway, and somewhat surprisingly, the less powerful D-Max held its own against the X-Class to the point that the battle was eventually called a draw. Yes, a draw.

Video - Can The Mercedes X-Class Win a Tug-O-War Battle With the Toyota Hilux and Isuzu D-Max?
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There were some hairy moments for the D-Max, but ultimately, it managed to keep the X-Class at bay long enough for the race to be called.

This is where the Toyota Hilux comes into the picture. Unfortunately, the Hilux didn’t have a tow hitch in the back to mount the rope that would be used in the battle. But since the Hilux had to participate in the battle — Toyota would’ve been pissed if it was left in the sidelines — Carwow decided to use the truck’s towing eye in the front instead. It’s an awkward setup — the Hilux and D-Max were facing one another and pulling from the same side — that had its share of potential safety issues, but ultimately, the battle lines were laid out. The Hilux, with its 2.4-liter four-cylinder diesel engine that produces 150 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque would join the D-Max in a good ‘ole fashion Japan vs Germany, two-on-one handicap tug-of-war battle.

Would the joint might of the Japanese trucks have enough power, torque, and pulling power (they certainly had more wheels) to upend the mighty German X-Class and its bigger and more powerful engine?

Video - Can The Mercedes X-Class Win a Tug-O-War Battle With the Toyota Hilux and Isuzu D-Max?
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I’d like to tell you the result of this handicap battle, but it might be best to just go ahead and watch the video. It’s better if you find out who the winner — or winners? — turned out to be.

Kirby Garlitos
Kirby Garlitos
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Kirby’s first exposure into the world of automobiles happened when he caught Knight Rider on television as a five-year old boy. David Hasselhoff didn’t leave much of an impression on him (that happened later on in Baywatch), but KITT certainly did. To this day, Kirby remains convinced that he will one day own a car with the same ‘spirit’ as the original KITT (not the 2008 monstrosity). He doesn't know when that will be, but until then, he’s committed to expressing his love for KITT, and all cars for that matter, here at TopSpeed.  Read full bio
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