Three trims, four engines, and not coming to our 50 states

Mercedes debuted its all-new X-Class pickup truck July 18, 2017 in South Africa in celebration of it being Mercedes’ first international market. The correlation with the X-Class being Mercedes’ first pickup wasn’t breezed over during the short presentation. Corporate self-appreciation aside, the X-Class resides in a completely new segment for the German automaker, and one that’s teaming with established competitors. Mercedes’ sales pitch centers on the X-Class offering three trim levels catering to distinct customer groups, with four available engines, two transmissions, and three RWD/4WD mechanicals.

Of course, Mercedes isn’t venturing into the mid-size, metric-tonne pickup market alone. Renault-Nissan co-developed the X-Class by contributing the Navara NP300, one of the X-Class’ rivals. The Mercedes uses Nissan’s chassis and body structure under the skin, along with a few familiar Nissan buttons and knobs. While the cost-cutting is apparent inside, the proven Navara chassis – including the fully boxed ladder frame – ensures the X-Class starts on the right foot. The X-Class will arrive in European showrooms beginning in November of 2017 with a price of 37,000 euros, roughly $49,500 at current exchange rates. Sales will expand to South Africa and Australia in early 2018, followed by Argentina and Brazil in the beginning of 2019. Sadly, Mercedes has no plans to launch the X-Class in the U.S. However, that could change once the X-Class has proven itself and Ford reestablishes the mid-size Ranger pickup in the U.S. for 2019.

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  • 2018 Mercedes-Benz X-Class
  • Year:
    2018
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    inline-4(Est.)
  • Transmission:
    seven-speed automatic (Est.)
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    208 (Est.)
  • Torque @ RPM:
    258 (Est.)
  • Displacement:
    2.0 L (Est.)
  • 0-60 time:
    9.5 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed:
    125 mph
  • Layout:
    Front Engine; 2WD, 4WD (Est.)
  • Price:
    30000 (Est.)
  • Price:
  • car segment:
  • body style:

Live Unveiling

Official video

Exterior

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The X-Class’ front appearance is clearly inspired by Mercedes current lineup of SUVs, namely the GL-Class.

The 2018 Mercedes-Benz X-Class is a handsome truck that cleanly departs from its Nissan roots. Only the kink in the rear window, fuel door, rear bumper, and tie-down rails in the bed give any hints as to Mercedes’ partnership with Renault-Nissan. The X-Class’ front appearance is clearly inspired by Mercedes current lineup of SUVs, namely the GL-Class. The twin-bar grille and large three-pointed star offer an instantly recognizable face, while the upscale LED headlights of the Power trim add that high-tech look, especially at night.

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The X-Class comes in three trim levels: Pure, Progressive, and Power. Not only do these trims determine feature content and price, they also determine the X-Class’ exterior appearance. The Pure trim is the base model – the fleet workhorse. It comes with 17-inch steel wheels, a black plastic front bumper with a metal rear bumper painted in black. Halogen headlights, power-adjustable side mirrors, and four tie-down rings in the bed finish off the look.

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The mid-range Progressive trim gets painted bumpers front and rear, though the area around the fog lights remain black. The wheels are upgraded to six-spoke, 17-inch alloys. The Pure’s halogen headlights remain, but rain-sensing windshield wipers and tie-down rails with movable cleats are bolted to the bed walls. This tie-down system is straight from the Nissan parts bin, but truck buyers will appreciate the added utility. The range-topping Power trim is the one most appropriate for American buyers, though we won’t have the chance (at least for a few years). Its body-color front bumper gets a swanky chrome accent surrounding the lower grille, while the rear bumper is completely chrome. The wheels are upgraded to 18-inch “six-twin-spoke” alloys. The headlights are upgraded to LED units with distinctive LED daytime running lights. LEDs are also used in part of the taillights, too.

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While the X-Class is handsome, I do find the black cladding on the front bumper a bit miss-placed. It’s fine on the Pure trim, but on the Progressive and Power trims, it somewhat cheapens the X-Class’ otherwise regal appearance.

Exterior Specs

Length 210.23 Inches
Width 75.59 Inches
Height 71.61 Inches
Wheelbase 124.01 Inches
Bed Length 73.11 Inches
Bed Width 61.41 Inches
Bed Height 18.66 Inches
Fording Depth 23.62 Inches
Front Ground Clearance 7.95 Inches
Rear Ground Clearance 8.70 Inches
Angle of Approach F/R 28.8/23.8 degrees

Interior

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The cabin is different than anything currently offered in the segment and it certainly departs from the Navara NP300’s Altima-like interior.

The cabin is very close to that previewed in the 2016 X-Class concept – even down to the HVAC vents and controls, gearshifter, infotainment screen and controls, and steering wheel. The cabin is different than anything currently offered in the segment and it certainly departs from the Navara NP300’s Altima-like interior. Still, there are plenty of clues pointing to Nissan’s existence. The HVAC controls, 4WD dial, gearshifter, and orange backlit glow are the most glaring offences.

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Mercedes has plenty of familiar parts scattered about, too. The driver gets a 5.4-inch information screen between the analog gauges, while the central infotainment system floats above the dash. In the Power trim, this screen measures 8.4 inches, while a smaller screen is standard on the lesser trims. The same is true for Mercedes’ Keyless Go system, which is only offered on the Power trim and includes push-button starting. The Pure and Progressive trims use a standard switchblade key. Six choices of seating material are present, though they’re constricted to certain trim levels. Two options are leather, while the other four are cloth.

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The lingering Nissan parts are a kill-joy for the high-end theme Mercedes is trying to achieve.

While I’m impressed with the overall interior, the lingering Nissan parts are a kill-joy for the high-end theme Mercedes is trying to achieve. What’s more, the center stack has tons of wasted space between the CD player (what year is it?) and HVAC controls. The dead space not only looks bad, but hides important controls behind the gearshifts, making access more difficult, especially when in Park. It also eliminates potential storage space. Last but certainly not least, that gearshifter looks horribly cheap. That’s not good for such an important user interface. We can only hope Mercedes gives the X-Class some updates should it move forward with U.S. sales.

Drivetrain

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The X-Class has four engine options – two four-cylinder turbodiesels, a single gasoline four-cylinder, and a V-6 turbodiesel. Customers can choose between a six-speed manual and a seven-speed automatic transmission with each engine, save for the V-6 turbodiesel, which comes standard with the automatic and full-time 4WD. RWD is standard elsewhere, with a part-time 4WD system offered as optional.

The base X-Class is the gasoline-powered X 200 whose naturally aspirated four-cylinder makes 165 horsepower and 176 pound-feet of torque. A 2.3-liter turbodiesel four-cylinder make up the middle ground. The X 220 d version uses a single turbocharger to generate 163 horsepower and 297 pound-feet of torque, while the X 250 d uses a biturbo system with a smaller and larger turbos to make 190 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque. Lastly, the V-6 turbodiesel will kick out 257 horsepower and a respectable 406 pound-feet of torque.

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The V-6, seven-speed, and full-time 4WD combination is the most technologically advanced of the available powertrains. It includes an ECO start/stop system and comes with five drive modes. These are Comfort, Eco, Sport, Manual, and Off-Road. Selecting the Manual mode allows the automatic transmission to be operated via paddle shifters, just as on other Mercedes models.

The part-time 4WD system offered with the other engines has a typical two-speed transfer case with high and low range gears. A locking rear differential is also available.

Drivetrain Specs

X200 X220d X250d X350d
Horsepower 165 163 190 257
Torque 176 lb-ft 297 lb-ft 332 lb-ft 406 lb-ft
Driveline part-time 4WD part-time 4WD part-time 4WD full-time 4WD
Transmission 6MT\7AT 6MT\7AT 6MT\7AT 6MT\7AT

Suspension & Brakes

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The X-Class rides on a fully boxed ladder frame shared with the Nissan Navara NP300. However, Mercedes reworked the front suspension to have a 2.4-inch wider track than the Navara’s 61.8-inch wide track for better on-road handling. The rear track remains unchanged at 64.2 inches wide, as does the wheelbase at 124 inches.

The front suspension features double wishbone control arms with coil springs. Out back is a five-link coil spring suspension holding a solid live axle. While this configuration isn’t as well suited for heavy payloads as traditional leaf springs, it does a good job balancing payload needs with on-road comfort. The Ram 1500 and 2500 pickups use a similar rear suspension configuration, too. Interestingly, Mercedes offers two suspension ride heights. European market X-Class trucks will have 7.9 inches of ground clearance while every other X-Class will have 8.7 inches of clearance. As with any lift kit, Mercedes says the increased ride height not only beefs up the X-Class’ off-road appearance, but helps increase its capability.

Hauling everything to a stop are vented disc brakes at all four corners. The front rotors measure 12.5-inches in diameter, while 11.8-inch rotors are used in back. While common on U.S. pickups (save for the Toyota Tacoma), the X-Class stands alone in the global pickup market by offering rear disc brakes. In addition, the X-Class comes with all the modern braking aids like ABS, electronic brake for distribution, electronic stability control, and Brake Assist System which activity increases braking force during emergency braking situations.

Pricing

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The 2018 Mercedes-Benz X-Class starts at 37,000 euros, or roughly $49,500 at current exchange rates. Of course, that’s for the base Pure trim level with RWD the gasoline four-cylinder, and no options. Mercedes has not released pricing on the Progressive or Power trims, or with the optional engines. Expect that information to become available closer to its on-sale date in November 2017.

References

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Read our full review on the 2016 Mercedes-Benz X-Class Concept.

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Read our full review on the 2015 Nissan NP300 Navara.

Competition

Toyota Hilux

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The Toyota Hilux has led the metric-tonne pickup segment for years, and the current Hilux is continuing that trend. Debuted for 2016, the Hilux is still fresh with a handsome exterior and a Toyota Corolla-like interior full of welcoming creature comforts. Toyota offers various cab and bed configurations, along with three trim levels. They are the WorkMate, the SR, and SR5. Differences range from steel wheels and black bumpers to alloy wheels and chrome accents on the grille door handles, and sports bar.

Power comes from four engine options. There are two turbodiesels and two naturally aspirated gasoline engines. The base mill is a 2.4-liter turbodiesel four-cylinder making 160 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. Optionally, the larger 2.8-liter turbodiesel four-cylinder makes 174 horsepower and 331 pound-feet of torque. On the gasoline front, there’s a 2.7-liter four-cylinder with 164 horsepower and the 4.0-liter V-6 making 278 horsepower.

Transmission choices include a six-speed manual and six-speed automatic. Interestingly, the manual gearbox is features active rev matching for smoother downshifts – a first in the pickup segment. Of course, RWD comes standard and a part-time 4WD system is optional. The Hilux rides on a fully boxed ladder frame and uses an independent front suspension paired with a traditional leaf-spring/live axle combo in the rear. And like the X-Class, the Hilux offers two suspension heights: the standard and the Hi-Rider

Prices for the Toyota Hilux start around £23,000, which converts to roughly $30,000 U.S. dollars at current exchange rates. A notable option includes the Toyota Safety Sense system available higher-end models.

Learn more about the Toyota Hilux.

Ford Ranger

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The current Ford Ranger debuted for the 2015 model year and remains a strong performer in the segment. Three cab configurations, four engine options, and four trim levels offer a wide range of choices for Ford’s global customers. The trims include the familiar XL, XLT, and Limited, with the range-topping Wildtrack offering a more aggressive off-road theme. Ford didn’t forego technology, either. The Ranger has driver assistance features like adaptive cruise control, forward alert with collision mitigation, lane keep alert and lane keep assist, traffic sign recognition, and a rear-view camera.

Power comes from four engine options, each coming standard with an Auto Start/Stop system. The base is a 2.2-liter four-cylinder turbodiesel making 128 horsepower and 166 pound-feet of torque. A higher-output version makes 158 horsepower and 284 pound-feet. A 2.5-liter gasoline four-cylinder makes 164 horsepower and 166 pound-feet of torque. The range-topping engine is a 3.2-liter inline-five cylinder turbodiesel with 197 horsepower and 347 pound-feet of torque. Transmission choices include a six-speed manual and six-speed automatic. RWD comes standard, but a part-time 4WD is available, as is an electronic locking rear differential.

Prices start at £21,354 for the base Ranger pickup, which converts to roughly $27,800 U.S. dollars. Decked out in the Wildtrack trim with all the fancy options, the Ranger’s price hovers around £36,336, or $47,350.

Find out more about the Ford Ranger.

Conclusion

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The Mercedes-Benz X-Class is certainly a welcomed addition to the mid-size pickup truck segment. It not only heightens the competition, but also carves out a niche in the segment for premium trucks. These luxury trucks are hugely popular in America, but elsewhere trucks mostly retain their utilitarian nature with no over-the-top frills. Mercedes is likely to change that, though it might take time for Ford, Toyota, Volkswagen, and others to catch up.

While I’m impressed with the overall execution of the X-Class, I am a bit sad to see Nissan’s influence within the cabin. The interior is where Mercedes needs to be different – set apart with completely premium parts and user interfaces. The mixture of ho-hum switchgear mixed with more premium-looking parts is a downer. Should Mercedes green-light the X-Class for the U.S. (and they need to), the interior will have to be addressed. Still, the X-Class is a fantastic first stab for Mercedes into a highly competitive market. It will be fun watching the future unfold for this new pickup.

What do you think about the 2018 Mercedes-Benz X-Class? Let us know in the comments below.

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    • * Nissan parts inside cabin
    • * Unproven niche segment in global markets
    • * Not coming to America (yet)

Spy Shots

June 27, 2016 - Mercedes GLT Pickup caught testing again

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January 20, 2016 - First testing session

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Mercedes has previously confirmed its new pickup truck will share its platform with the next-generation Nissan NP300 Navara thanks to a partnership with Renault-Nissan. Both Mercedes and Nissan agreed to collaborate on the truck’s development, making it a truly joint venture.

Well, our spy photographer has snagged several photos of the Nissan-badged truck running around, but with odd fender extension at each corner to cover a widened track. This suggests Mercedes is truly working on a separate version of the truck with a widen track and a Mercedes-Benz styling. The German automaker has already said its truck will be specifically designed for customers in Europe, Australia, South Africa, and Latin America. To our knowledge, Mercedes is still conduction research on the U.S. market before it announces whether the truck would be sold here.

There’s no hard evidence or conformation on which automaker – if either at all – will develop the powertrain for the truck. Each version could carry brand-specific engines and transmissions. In that case, expect the truck to offer Mercedes-developed four- and six-cylinder engines in both gas and turbodiesel variants. A V-8 version wouldn’t be unlikely as a range-topping engine should Mercedes bring the truck stateside. Expect a seven-speed automatic transmission with the optional 4MATIC AWD system. Additionally, we’ve heard rumors Mercedes will name the truck the GLT.

Again, there is no conformation, but we expect Mercedes to debut the GLT sometime in late 2017 as a 2018 model.

Update History

Update 10/20/2016: We’ve added a link to a live webcast of the Mercedes-Benz Pickup concept debut. It’s scheduled for October 25 at 4:30 GMT, 12:30 pm Easter Time and will take place in Sweden.

Update 06/27/2016: New spy shots show a heavily camouflaged test mule, adding fuel to the fires of suspicions and rumors.

Update 01/20/2016: Spy shots of a Nissan-branded Navara pickup shows the truck riding on a widened platform, perhaps being readied for the upscale Mercedes version supposedly called the GLT. Keep reading for more.

Updated 09/17/2015: During Daimler’s annual media at the 2015 Frankfurt International Motor Show, the company offered a series of new details on its future pickup truck. It will be developed on Nissan NP300’s architecture and will be built by by Nissan in the Renault plant in Cordoba, Argentina. Production is set to begin by the end of the decade.

Press Release

Mercedes-Benz X-Class at a glance

The Mercedes among pickups: The Mercedes-Benz X-Class unites the typical traits of a pickup - robustness, functionality, strength and off-road capabilities - with the classical characteristics of a real Mercedes - design, comfort, driving dynamics and safety.
Brand characteristic SUV design: With the centrally positioned star, twin-louvre radiator grille, powerfully honed bonnet and headlamps extending far into the wings, the X-Class seamlessly fits in to the Mercedes-Benz portfolio.
Premium effect on a new level: Three trim parts for the cockpit, six seat covers including two leather variants with contrasting topstitching, and two colours for the roof lining provide the widest choice of materials and colours in this vehicle segment.
A pickup to suit different lifestyles and work environments: The PURE basic variant for classic robust use, PROGRESSIVE for higher requirements in terms of quality feel and comfort, and POWER as the high-end variant for urban lifestyles.
Individualisation on account of a diverse range of Mercedes-Benz accessories: As from its market launch, customers can add a styling bar, side bar, canopy, various covers as well as numerous cargo and off-road solutions – all developed and designed by Mercedes.
Enjoyable performance with four and six cylinders: As from its market launch, customers can choose between the common rail diesel X 220 d (120 kW/163 hp) and X 250 d (140 kW/190 hp) as well as a petrol engine (122 kW/165 hp) in selected markets. A top-of-the-range V6 diesel (190kW/258hp) will be released mid-2018 occupying a leading position in the segment.
Driving enjoyment on a par with passenger cars: Thanks to the wide track, the spring and damping system tuned for the comfort typical of a Mercedes, and the coil springs as well as internally vented disc brakes on the front and rear, the X-Class is the first pickup that offers not just excellent off-road but also superb on-road performance.
All-wheel drive for any surface: The engageable 4MATIC all-wheel drive with low-range gearing and optional differential lock on the rear axle masters any terrain. From the middle of next year a permanent all-wheel drive will be available.
Star safety: Like all Mercedes-Benz vehicles, the X-Class stands out for its exemplary passive and active safety equipment. This includes Active Brake Assist, Lane Keeping Assist and Traffic Sign Assist, among others.
The first intelligently connected pickup: Thanks to Mercedes me connect, X-Class customers are connected to their vehicle via smartphone at all times and can call up useful information such as the location of the vehicle or the fuel level, and navigate from door to door.
Attractively priced in the segment: The X-Class is available in Germany from 37,294 Euro (incl. 19 percent VAT). Market launch begins in November 2017 in Europe. South Africa and Australia will follow at the beginning of 2018, as well as Argentina and Brazil at the beginning of 2019.

The first pickup from a premium manufacturer

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Pickup meets lifestyle – the Mercedes-Benz X-Class

As well as bringing the progressive design of the acclaimed Concept X-CLASS largely unchanged to standard production, the new Mercedes-Benz X-Class is uniquely versatile in terms of its area of application – it can be used as a rugged, all-terrain pickup but also as a vehicle for urban lifestyles and families. The X-Class pushes the boundaries of the classic pickup. It complements the prized strengths of a mid-size pickup with the typical Mercedes-Benz characteristics of driving dynamics, comfort, design, safety, connectivity and an extensive scope for individualisation. With this Mercedes-Benz meets the changing customer requirements and opens up the segment to new customer groups. There are three design and equipment variants to choose from as well as four or six-cylinder engines, rear-wheel drive and engageable or permanent all-wheel drive, a six-speed manual transmission and a seven-speed automatic transmission. In addition there are six different seat covers, including two leather variants, three sets of cockpit trim parts and a diverse range of accessories developed by Mercedes-Benz. These allow the X-Class to be modified to suit personal tastes and requirements like no other pickup, both visually and in terms of functionality. The market launch in Europe is scheduled for November 2017. At the beginning of 2018 South Africa, Australia and New Zealand will follow, beginning of 2019 Argentina and Brazil.

The Mercedes-Benz X-Class has been developed with the changing requirements of the international pickup markets in mind. The demand for mid-size pickups with typical passenger car characteristics and comfort features has been steadily on the rise for years. At the same time, the number of pickups for private use is increasing. They are no longer viewed purely as workhorses. As the first premium manufacturer, Mercedes-Benz is taking these changes into account – based on its comprehensive experience and competence in developing commercial and off-road vehicles, such as the Unimog and the G-Class for tough operation, vehicles which are equally suitable for work or leisure, such as the V-Class and Vito, and passenger cars that uniquely stand for modern luxury and driving pleasure around the world.

The X-Class is aimed at very different customer groups: land owners and farmers in Argentina, business owners and building contractors in Australia, families with an affinity for premium products in Brazil, trend-conscious individualists in South Africa and Great Britain as well as sporty adventurers in New Zealand and Germany.

The Mercedes-Benz pickup is attractively priced in the segment and is available in Germany from 37,294 Euro (incl. 19 percent VAT). Further market-specific prices will be made known successively.

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Tough work, plenty of pleasure: the new X-Class

Like no other pickup, the new X-Class resolves apparent contradictions: modern design and uncompromising robustness, impressive off-road capability and a high level of driving dynamics, stylish comfort and great functionality. Making the X-Class the Mercedes among pickups. This tough performance pickup delivers a driveability and handling that matches many demands – both with regard to driving dynamics and ride comfort. This is attained thanks to a comfort suspension with the fine tuning expected of a Mercedes. It consists of a ladder-type frame, rear multi-link solid axle, front independent wheel suspension and coil springs on both axles.

Built on this platform, the distinctive design of the X-Class is available in three model variants to suit different lifestyles and work environments:

The X-Class PURE basic variant is ideal for rugged, functional use. It fulfils all the demands placed on a workhorse. At the same time its comfort and design make it perfect for visiting customers or suppliers and for private activities.
The X-Class PROGRESSIVE is aimed at people seeking a rugged pickup with extra styling and comfort functions – as a calling card for their own business, while also being a comfortable yet prestigious vehicle for private use.
The X-Class POWER is the high-end design and equipment line. It is aimed at customers for whom styling, performance and comfort are paramount. The X-Class POWER is a lifestyle vehicle beyond the mainstream – suitable for urban environments as well as for sports and leisure activities off the beaten track. Through its design and high level of equipment it reflects an independent and individualistic lifestyle.

Robust character with dynamic charisma

With its progressive design, the Mercedes-Benz X-Class manages the fine balance between being both tough and stylish. The pickup embodies the enhanced Mercedes-Benz design philosophy of sensual purity. By emphasising the surfaces and featuring stripped-down, extremely precise elements, the purist design draws attention to the basic virtues of a pickup in an emotionally appealing way – combined with almost unlimited functionality. The X-Class can haul a payload of up to 1.1 tonnes. That is enough to transport 17 full 50-litre barrels of beer in the cargo area. Able to tow up to 3.5 tonnes, it can also pull a trailer containing three horses or an eight-metre yacht.

Thanks to its long 3150-millimetre wheelbase, the short and cladded front overhang, the backward shifted passenger compartment and the very long rear overhang, the X-Class has an elongated vehicle body which exudes pure dynamism. The design of the side windows with their dynamic kink along the beltline and taut lines contrasting with muscular, sculpted surfaces also allude to the longitudinal dynamics. Widely flared wheel arches, the commanding front and the purist design of the rear all accentuate the impression of width. Together they give the pickup a powerful on-road presence and make reference to the X-Class’s excellent lateral dynamics.

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Powerful and commanding front with three different characters

The front has the masterful looks of one of the brand’s typical SUVs – with the centrally positioned star, twin-louvre radiator grille, high and powerfully honed bonnet and headlamps extending far into the wings. The front apron emphasises width and has its own distinct character depending on the chosen design and equipment line. On the PURE basic variant it is unpainted and with the PROGRESSIVE design and equipment line it is painted in the vehicle colour. The POWER high-end model variant likewise has a bumper painted in the vehicle colour and also comes with a chromed underbody panelling. There are nine attractive exterior colours and a variety of exclusive 17, 18 or 19-inch rims to choose from across the three design and equipment lines.

Purist design for the rear with bumper including step as standard

Like the front apron, the rear bumper also varies depending on the selected design and equipment line: it is painted black for the PURE line and in the vehicle colour for the PROGRESSIVE line. The POWER line has a chromed bumper for a particularly classy look. To conveniently access the cargo area for loading and unloading, the bumper has an integral step. If the standard 90-degree tailgate opening is not adequate, as an option the X-Class can be ordered without the rear bumper. Then the tailgate opens to 180 degrees.

In terms of width, the load bed is designed in such a way that a Euro-pallet can be loaded straight between the wheel arches. The X-Class is the only mid-size pickup to be equipped with lighting in the cargo area as standard. The third brake light contains LED lights which illuminate the whole load bed. Operation is by a switch in the centre console. As soon as the ignition is switched on, those lights turn off automatically. A 12-volt socket to power additional equipment such as compressors, for example, is also part of the standard equipment in the load bed.

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Dimensions of the X-Class

Vehicle length

5340 mm

Vehicle width

1920 mm

Vehicle height

1819 mm

Wheelbase

3150 mm

Load bed length

1587 mm

Load bed width

1560 mm

Load bed height

474 mm

Maximum payload capacity

1042 kg

Braked towing capacity (depending on engine and equipment)

1650–3500 kg

New benchmark in comfort and quality feel

In the interior, the X-Class elevates comfort and quality feel to a new level within the segment for mid-size pickups. The instrument panel has the concave trim element typical of a Mercedes. It stretches across the entire width of the instrument panel – a novel feature in this vehicle segment. It creates an open feel and purist modernity. There are three trim variants to choose from for the X-Class POWER: a pixelated look in matt black, an aluminium effect with longitudinal grain and a brown matt woodgrain effect. To complement the high-quality feel, the upper section of the cockpit is available with ARTICO man-made leather in either black or nut brown. The characteristic round ventilation outlets add a sporty touch. Depending on the design and equipment line, these come in either high-gloss black or silver shadow, creating a high-end cool touch effect. With the PROGRESSIVE and POWER design and equipment lines, the centre console is also prominently framed by a decorative trim in silver shadow. The large door handles are also finished in silver shadow. The cool touch effect is reinforced by the freestanding central display, which is familiar from the V-Class. In conjunction with the COMAND Online multimedia system it has a screen diagonal of 8.4 inches, making it the biggest display in the segment. With a resolution of 960 x 540 pixels and the high-contrast IPS technology (In-Plane Switching), it offers a brilliant display that markedly increases the image quality of the 360-Degree Camera and the navigation maps.

The control and display concept shows the familiar high levels of convenience and ergonomic comfort. The instrument cluster consists of the large, analogue round dials from the C-Class and V-Class. In the X-Class PROGRESSIVE and POWER they are tubular. A 5.4-inch colour multimedia display is nestled between the round dials. Thanks to the push-buttons on the standard-fit three-spoke multifunction steering wheel, the settings on the colour display can be controlled without drivers having to take their hands off the steering wheel. The steering wheel with its 12 buttons in total is height-adjustable, thereby improving ergonomic posture and allowing a relaxed seating position. In the X-Class PROGRESSIVE and POWER, the steering wheel, shift lever knob and handbrake lever are also covered in leather. In conjunction with the Audio 20 CD and COMAND Online multimedia systems, and in addition to the central control unit, the X-Class contains the multifunction touchpad familiar from the passenger car model series – the multifunction touchpad is another novelty in this segment. It is located in an ergonomic position on the centre console and, like a smartphone, it can be controlled using gestures or by entering letters and characters.

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Electrically adjustable comfort seats also available with lumbar support

Plenty of attention was paid to comfort when developing the seats, too. Premium materials and a seat structure featuring optimum lateral support, a high seat position and the use of ergonomically formed soft foam make sitting comfortable for both the driver and front passenger, even on longer journeys. With their clear, ergonomic and functional design, the comfort seats can be adjusted in the longitudinal direction as well as for height and backrest tilt. The X-Class POWER has electrically adjustable seats and electric two-way lumbar support as standard. The rear seat row for three people is positioned at a comfortable height and has reinforced seat side bolsters for optimum support in the outer seating positions. These seats are also equipped with attachment points for an i-Size/ISOFIX child seat as standard.

Widest selection of materials and colours in the segment

As well as various trim elements, there are six seat covers to choose from, including two leather variants with contrasting topstitching, and there are two colours for the roof liner as well. The X-Class thus provides the widest choice of materials and colours in this vehicle segment. The seats in the X-Class PURE are fitted with black Tunja fabric as standard. Black man-made leather is available as an option. The comfort seats in the PROGRESSIVE variant are covered in black posadas fabric. Familiar from the Mercedes-Benz passenger car model series, ARTICO man-made leather/DINAMICA microfibre in black is available if desired.

As standard, the X-Class POWER comes with ARTICO man-made leather/DINAMICA microfibre in black with additional contrasting topstitching in alpaca grey. Black leather with alpaca grey topstitching or nut brown leather with black topstitching are optionally available. Topstitching in a contrasting colour raises the aesthetic appeal of the seats even further. Exclusive topstitching also appears on the ARTICO man-made leather coverings on the upper section of the instrument panel, the armrests and the beltlines of the doors. This emphasises the premium effect of the interior as a whole. For the first time in this vehicle segment there are two variants of roof liner to choose from: macchiato beige fabric and black fabric. On the X-Class POWER, the A-pillar is also covered in fabric of the same colour.

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Made-to-measure individualisation – Style Packages and an extensive range of accessories

Optional equipment as well as a specific Style Package for each of the PROGRESSIVE and POWER lines enable further individualisation. For example, side running boards and an electrically opening rear window can be added to the X-Class. What’s more, Mercedes-Benz had an in-house team of designers and developers create an extensive range of accessories. These allow the X-Class to be modified even more to suit personal tastes and requirements–in respect to design, functionality and off-road capability. For example, there is a choice of styling bar, side bar, soft tonneau cover, hard tonneau cover and roll cover, as well as a canopy which makes the pickup look like an SUV. The canopy continues the X-Class’s lines perfectly, merging with the vehicle body to create a distinctive silhouette. Other items available include a bed liner, a bed divider system, load-securing rails in the floor and a technical underguard.

High-torque, enjoyable performance with four and six cylinders

As from its market launch, there are two powerful and efficient four-cylinder engines to deliver spirited performance. The high-torque common-rail diesel drive system with a displacement of 2.3 litres is available with a choice of two power outputs. In the X 220 d with single turbocharger it generates 120 kW/163 hp and in the biturbo X 250 d no less than 140 kW/190 hp. Both diesel models are available as left- or right-hand drive vehicles with purely rear wheel drive or with engageable all-wheel drive. Due to very specific market requirements, for example in Dubai and Morocco, the 122 kW/165 hp X 200 petrol model is only available as a left-hand drive vehicle with rear wheel drive. All engines are characterised by quiet, low-vibration running and excellent power delivery coupled with low consumption figures. Power is transferred via a six-speed manual transmission. A seven-speed automatic transmission is available on request for the 140 kW/190 hp X 250 d and X 250 d 4MATIC models.

A high-torque V6 diesel engine will be released mid-2018, ensuring even greater agility on- and off-road. It will generate 190 kW/258 hp and a maximum torque of 550 Nm. With that the X 350 d occupies a leading position in the segment. The top X-Class model will come as standard with permanent 4MATIC all-wheel drive and the seven-speed automatic transmission 7G-TRONIC PLUS with steering-wheel shift paddles and ECO start/stop function. The DYNAMIC SELECT system is available in addition. To date, the inclusion of a drive program switch has been rare in the pickup segment. This technology enables the driving experience to be tailored to individual preferences – from relaxed comfort to engaged sportiness. There are five drive programs to choose from: Comfort, ECO, Sport, Manual and Offroad. These modify the engine characteristics, the automatic transmission’s switching points and the ECO start/stop function.

Dynamic and comfortable driving enjoyment on a par with Mercedes-Benz passenger cars

The X-Class is the first pickup to deliver both excellent off- and on-road performance. The wide track, long wheelbase and comfortable spring and damping tuning typical of a Mercedes open up a new world of driving enjoyment and driving dynamics on the road – without resulting in compromises when off-road. A special feature in this segment: coil springs are used both at the front and the rear, which contributes to a harmonious suspension comfort. The comfort suspension is designed in such a way that it achieves a high level of driving dynamics and ride comfort on the road, while also delivering maximum off-road capability in conjunction with 4MATIC all-wheel drive. The elaborately designed comfort suspension consists of a double wishbone front axle and a rear multi-link solid axle that is ideal for transporting heavy loads and has good articulation capability. This combination ensures that the suspension is comfortable and the handling is safe given any permitted load condition.

With 1632 millimetres at the front and 1625 millimetres at the rear, the X-Class has a wider track than most competitors. This provides the ideal prerequisites for optimum driving stability and higher cornering speeds. At 3150 millimetres, the wheelbase is also longer than many other mid-size pickups. This reduces vibrations during the journey and makes for smooth and reliable straight-running stability. Mercedes-Benz is the only manufacturer in the segment to opt for large, internally vented brake discs on both axles as standard. The front axle has brake discs with a diameter of 32 centimetres and the rear axle with a diameter of 30.8 centimetres. Together they ensure short braking distances, good response times and high thermal capacity.

The comfort suspension is part of the standard equipment in all European markets. Its ground clearance is 202 millimetres. A 20-millimetre higher suspension is available as an optional extra. The increased ground clearance improves off-road capability even further, including a higher seat position and sharper off-road look. In all markets outside Europe, the X-Class comes with the higher suspension as standard. The safe and comfortable handling typical of a Mercedes is retained despite the higher suspension.

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Engageable or permanent – 4MATIC all-wheel drive for any surface

Engageable 4MATIC all-wheel drive, which is available on the X 220 d 4MATIC and X 250 d 4MATIC diesel models, masters any terrain. With it, the front wheels can be engaged or disengaged by electric means depending on the surface. As from mid-2018, Mercedes-Benz will also make its pickup available with permanent all-wheel drive. This will ensure that the X-Class delivers maximum performance and traction, even at top speed on roads. The permanent 4MATIC all-wheel drive system will only be offered in conjunction with the six-cylinder engine. Off-road, both 4MATIC variants benefit from the same superior assertiveness thanks to the low-range gearing and optional differential lock on the rear axle. All the all-wheel drive models come with Downhill Speed Regulation (DSR) on board as standard.

Excellent off-road characteristics

Fording depth

600 mm

Ground clearance

Front axle 202 mm

Rear axle 221 mm for suspension with raised ground clearance

Angle of approach/departure front/rear

28.8°/23.8°

30.1°/25.9° for suspension with raised ground clearance

Maximum tilt

49.8°

49° for suspension with raised ground clearance

Ramp breakover angle

20.4°

22° for suspension with raised ground clearance

Maximum gradeability

100%

Comprehensive range of safety equipment

Like all Mercedes-Benz vehicles, the X-Class stands out for its exemplary level of safety. The pickup bearing the star comes with a comprehensive array of comfort and safety equipment that is exceptional in this vehicle segment. The X-Class’s high level of occupant protection results from its especially solid car body with a high-strength passenger cell and a structure with a front and rear that can absorb energy through well-aimed deformation. Furthermore, passive safety is provided thanks to standard equipment such as seven airbags and the i-Size attachment system for two child seats. The airbags in the front for driver and front passenger come with a two-stage, deferred triggering mechanism. For active safety, three driver assistance systems are at the ready, simultaneously increasing safety and comfort: Active Brake Assist, Lane Keeping Assist and Traffic Sign Assist. Additionally, there are Trailer Stability Assist, tyre pressure monitoring system, emergency call system, cruise control and LED headlamps that deliver the brightest light output in the segment thanks to six LEDs respectively. If required, a 360-Degree Camera is available in addition to a reversing camera. Given this extensive level of equipment, the X-Class perfectly fulfils the requirements placed on a modern family and lifestyle vehicle.

The first intelligently connected mid-size pickup

The X-Class is the first mid-size pickup to feature a communications module with an integrated SIM card. This makes it possible to use the extensive Mercedes me connect services and to access the vehicle by smartphone. Thus X-Class drivers in 21 European markets can, for example, call up useful information such as fuel level and tyre pressure, and find out the X-Class’s location when it is parked or being driven by someone else. In addition, with the Mercedes me app complete door-to-door navigation is possible. Further Mercedes me connect services include the Mercedes-Benz emergency call system and the standard services Breakdown Management, Accident Recovery and Maintenance Management as well as Remote Vehicle Diagnostics.

In addition to this, control and display systems – that have already been used successfully in the Mercedes-Benz passenger car model series – are being introduced in the mid-size pickup segment for the first time: these include the multifunction touchpad and fully integrated COMAND Online multimedia system with hard-disk navigation, LINGUATRONIC voice control and internet access via smartphone. Other than COMAND Online, the proven Audio 20 USB and Audio 20 CD audio systems are also available.

First pickup with Live Traffic Information

Transferring traffic information in real time is a further highlight of intelligent connectivity thanks to the communications module with an integrated SIM card. In conjunction with an account in the Mercedes me portal, and within Europe, the COMAND Online navigation system can show the beginning and length of a traffic jam on a map to within 100 metres of the exact position and compute a dynamic route with shorter travel times. The potential loss of time is taken into account automatically in real time for the arrival time displayed by COMAND Online navigation. The system also provides a 3D view with three-dimensional urban models, making orientation in unfamiliar city centres easier. Moreover, special personal destinations can be saved or imported via SD card, and four alternate routes can be displayed on the navigation map, one of them a particularly economical variation.

In conjunction with the optional Garmin® MAP PILOT system, in most European countries the Audio 20 CD also becomes a fully-fledged navigation system with Live Traffic Information. With both systems, X-Class drivers benefit from early information about disturbances such as traffic jams, increased traffic volumes or other possible delays along the route, allowing them to adjust their route planning in good time. The relevant pre-installation for the Garmin® MAP PILOT is likewise available as an option.

Portfolio expansion in production cooperation with Renault-Nissan

With the X-Class, Mercedes-Benz Vans is expanding its portfolio to a fourth model series and is closing the gap between commercial vehicles and passenger cars. As such, the pickup marks another milestone in the growth strategy "Mercedes-Benz Vans goes global".

The pickup with the star is being manufactured in a production cooperation with the Renault-Nissan Alliance. Production for the markets in Europe, Australia and South Africa will start at the Nissan plant in Barcelona, Spain, in 2017. The X-Class for the Latin American market will roll off the assembly lines at the Renault plant in Cordoba, Argentina, starting from 2019. With the pickup, Daimler AG and the Renault-Nissan Alliance are expanding their strategic cooperation which began seven years ago. This affords Mercedes-Benz fast and cost-efficient entrance to the high-growth segment of mid-size pickups. In addition, both companies benefit from optimal utilisation of the production capacity. Nissan is the second-largest manufacturer of mid-size pickups with a payload of one tonne in the world, and can look back on more than 80 years of experience in producing and marketing these types of vehicles.

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