Mercedes X-Class pick-up truck full details
Mercedes-Benz has launched its first attempt at a rough-and-tumble pick-up truck, unveiling the new Mercedes X-Class.
A range-topping V6 powertrain was confirmed for the X-Class pick-up when early indications of the styling were shown when two concept vehicles were unveiled last October. Three further power outputs from a Renault-built turbocharged 2.3-litre engine have also been confirmed and will join a 3-litre V6 producing a sector-leading 258hp.
Three models, Pure, Progressive and Power, will be launched with Mercedes hoping to catch the working end of the market as much as the premium sector. The X-Class will be a direct competitor to the Volkswagen Amarok, as well as the Nissan Navara and Ford Ranger - all of which offer luxury double-cab pick-up trucks.
Steve Bridge, Mercedes-Benz Vans UK MD, said: “It’s a commercial vehicle in the UK and will be sold thought Van Pro dealers and will be the first vehicle we sell online. It completes the portfolio and opens up invisible customers that we’ve not accessed before.”
Specification for the UK will likely be released towards the end of August, but the base model X-Class Pure gets 17in steel wheels as standard, mid-range X-Class Progressive trucks get six-spoke 17in alloys in silver, while top-spec X-Class Power pick-ups get 12-spoke 18in alloys in grey. A 12-spoke 19in wheel option is also available on Progressive or Power trucks and, along with six other rim designs, is sure to be a option that typifies the luxury image of the new truck.
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A choice of nine exterior colours will be available, including bronze and metallic white, while on the inside there will be a choice of two leather seat options in addition to four others. Power trim level cabins get a mixture of matt black plastics, as well as aluminium and woodgrain effect details paired with man-made leather in brown or black. Seats are fully electric and come in leather as standard on the top-spec models, while the steering wheel, handbrake and gearstick are leather covered in Power and Progressive X-Class pick-ups. Entry-level Pure trucks get a basic fabric seat, with multi-directional adjustment.
The 8.4in central display is said to be the largest in the sector, while dials and instrument clusters are lifted from C-Class and V-Class passenger vehicles. A multifunction steering wheel is fitted as standard to control telephone and infotainment systems. Electric mirrors and air con are standard across all models, but Progressive trucks get heated mirrors, rain sensing wipers, an upgrade to an eight-speaker audio system and load-securing rails in the rear bed. On top of Progressive spec, Power models get chromed front and rear bumpers, LED headlights, folding heated mirrors and keyless ignition amongst the upgrades.
A range of trim packages will be available, including several sporty looking and more aggressive options including side running bars and roll-over bars. Additional load restraint systems as well as hard covers and roller shutters are also available, along with under-run protection for serious off-roading.
Power will come from a choice of two engines. A 2.3-litre diesel with either a single turbo, producing 163hp in the X220 or an X250 twin-turbo developing 190hp . In 2018 a range-topping V6 will be added, enabling the X-Class to compete with the Volkswagen Amarok. The X-Class V6 has been confirmed as a 3-litre Merc engine producing 258hp. A 6-speed manual transmission comes as standard, but a 7-speed auto will be available. Top-spec models get permanent four-wheel drive, with the others being rear-wheel driven with selectable all-wheel-drive.
Built on a ladder-frame chassis, the X-Class uses independent double-wishbone front suspension and a multilink rear for the same class-leading ride comfort found in the Nissan Navara. Coil springs front and rear help with dampening the ride. Ground clearance is 202mm, with a wading depth of 600mm. Dimensions are closely in line to the Nissan Navara truck, which it is based on, with a length of 5,340mm, 1,920mm width and 1,819mm height. Maximum payload will be 1,042kg with a maximum towing capacity of 3.5 tonnes. The load bed has a length of 1,587mm and maximum width of 1,560mm, while a 12V connection is fitted in the area as standard.
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Launch price in Germany will be approximately e30,000 (£26,500) when the vehicles go on sale in November, while CM understands the UK models will be closer to £28,000, excluding VAT. That puts it very much at the top end of the sector and on a par with the competition’s top-spec models such as the Volkswagen Amarok Highline (£30,500), Ford Ranger Wildtrak (£28,000) and Nissan Navara Tekna (£27,500).
Mercedes-Benz UK has taken 600 deposits of £1,000 for the new truck, with more than 400 vehicles due to be delivered before the end of the year.