Nearly 9 months after revealing the concept, Mercedes’ first pickup truck debuts in Cape Town, South Africa. In case you missed it, the X-Class is Mercedes’ version of Nissan Navara and Renault Alaskan.
Built on the third-generation Nissan Navara (NP300) platform, the X-Class gets a hauling capacity of up to 1.1 tonnes, 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 8-metre yacht, says Mercedes.
The X-Class is available in three trims – Pure, Progressive, and Power. The top-end Power trim has a bumper painted in the vehicle colour and also comes with a chromed underbody panelling. There are 9 exterior colours and a variety of 17-, 18- or 19-inch rims to choose from across the three trims.
Equipment list includes LED headlamps, a 5.4-inch MID, an 8.4-inch COMAND Online multimedia system with navigation, Linguatronic voice control, 20 CD audio system, Cruise Control, and Artico leather seats.
Initially, the X-Class will be available with a 2.3-litre diesel engine with two power outputs. In the X 220 d with a single turbocharger, it generates 120 kW/163 hp and in the biturbo X 250 d, the output is 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 all-wheel-drive. For markets such as Dubai and Morocco, the 122 kW/165 hp X 200 petrol model is available as a left-hand drive vehicle with rear-wheel-drive configuration. Power is transferred via a 6-speed manual transmission. A 7-speed automatic transmission is available on request for the 140 kW/190 hp X 250 d and X 250 d 4Matic models.
The 4Matic all-wheel-drive system gets low-range gearing and an optional differential lock on the rear axle.
In mid-2018, a V6 diesel engine with an output of 190 kW/258 hp and 550 Nm of torque will be on offer. The top X-Class model will come with a permanent 4Matic all-wheel-drive as standard, paired with a 7G-Tronic Plus automatic transmission with shift paddles.
Ground clearance stands at 202 mm. The comfort suspension is part of the standard equipment in all European markets. A 20 mm higher suspension is available as an optional extra.
The list of safety equipment includes seven airbags, Active Brake Assist, Lane Keeping Assist, Traffic Sign Assist, Trailer Stability Assist, tyre pressure monitoring system, emergency call system, and optional 360-Degree Camera.
The X-Class measures 5,340 mm in length, 1,920 mm in width, and 1,819 mm in height. Wheelbase measures 3,150 mm.
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. Prices start at €37,294 in Germany.