Finally, after 10 months since the news broke of a Mercedes-Benz ute concept, the new Mercedes-Benz X-Class ute has been officially unveiled. Interestingly a lot of chat about the X-Class has been around its competency (and image) on the work site, yet their marketing collateral doesn’t have a tradesman in sight.
Infact, this pair of images below gives you a pretty good idea of who Mercedes-Benz have in mind for this ‘lifestyle’ vehicle.
The X-Class ute sees a collaboration between Mercedes’ commercial vehicles division and Nissan, capitalising on both the popularity of dual cab 4×4’s and the success of the Navara.
Available in three trim lines named Pure, Progressive, and Power, the X-Class ute gives buyers the choice of three engines with the top of the range X350d entering the market as the most powerful dual cab in Australia. Both the X220d and the X250d employ a 2.3 litre four cylinder turbo diesel engine, with output figures of 120kW and 140kw respectively available in rear-drive or selectable four-wheel-drive. The X220d will only be available with a manual transmission while the X250d can be optioned with an automatic gearbox. The X350d will feature a 3.0 litre V6 turbo diesel with 190kw of power and permanent 4Matic all-wheel drive and a seven-speed automatic gearbox.
The exterior styling carries many design cues from the current range of Mercedes SUVs and the cabin also gets a comparatively lush makeover. Mercedes say the only borrowed panel from the Navara is the roof and also features a reworked version of Nissan’s coil spring suspension. Maximum tow rating for the X-Class ute will be 3.2 tonnes for the rear wheel drive models and 3.5 tonnes for the 4×4 versions. Mercedes claims the X-Class ute will “pull a trailer containing three horses or an eight-metre yacht”. La–de–da!
The X-Class ute will be arriving in Australia in early 2018 and are expected to be priced from roughly $45k. For more info check out Car Advice.