Mercedes-Benz X-Class debuts in South Africa

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

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.

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The front of the vehicle is similar to the GLA SUV range, though the X-Class pickup truck is definitely more muscular and has a bit of that dominant stance perfected. At the beginning of 2018 South Africa, Australia and New Zealand will follow, beginning of 2019 Argentina and Brazil'.

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The new truck is the same platform as the Nissan Navara-based Renault and Alaskan.

Powering the X-Class will be three engine options that include a diesel engine that will be available in two outputs. The entry-level X 220d will produce 120kW/403Nm, while the mid-spec X 250d will push out 140kW/450Nm.

This post is being updated. At launch, the X-Class will come with switchable 4Matic all-wheel drive with a low-range gearbox, while a permanent all-wheel drive system will arrive later. Top of the whole range is the X 350d making 190kW and 550Nm of torque, making it the most powerful vehicle in its class. "With a whole series of new features and functions, the S-Class remains the technological pioneer", says Ola Källenius, the member of the Daimler AG Board of Management responsible for Group Research and Mercedes-Benz Cars Development. The wheelbase is 70mm shorter on the X-class, but the double-cab's load tray is actually 38mm longer than the Ranger's.

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Power will be delivered via a choice of rear-wheel-drive or four-wheel-drive through Nissan's six speed manual or seven speed automatic.

Some markets will receive a four-cylinder petrol option, but that engine is not on the cards for an Aussie intro.

Nissan and Mercedes-Benz teamed up to create the X-Class. The German automaker claims that the X-Class' dynamics are "on a par with passenger cars".

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The X-Class Power is the high-end design and equipment line that puts more of an emphasis on styling, performance and comfort. On the Pure the bumpers are unpainted, while on the Progressive and Power they are body-colour.

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