The Mercedes-Benz X-Class Thread (MB Bakkie - RIP)

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Thread created in anticipation of unveiling in Cape Town.

More details to follow tonight....


Watch reveal of Merc X-Class bakkie live tonight

Mercedes-Benz will pull the covers off the production version of its X-Class bakkie at 7:10pm on Tuesday night and you can watch it live in the stream below.

And be sure to return to IOL Motoring a little later to find out all the juicy details about this snazzy new double cab contender, which goes on sale in South Africa early next year.

http://www.iol.co.za/motoring/lates...-of-merc-x-class-bakkie-live-tonight-10343144

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X43 AMG 4matic for me please !

No AMG's planned bruv...

Here’s why AMG won’t go near the Mercedes X-Class

Last month, we reported that Mercedes-Benz had no plans to build an AMG version of the upcoming X-Class bakkie. And now the reason for Affalterbach’s apparent reluctance has been revealed.

According to motoring.com.au, the Stuttgart automaker’s tuning division has no interest in creating a performance version of the upcoming X-Class since the double-cab borrows its underpinnings from the Nissan Navara, and will be produced in Renault-Nissan factories.

While the German brand has long insisted that the X-Class will have all the attributes of a “true Mercedes-Benz”, the chances of the AMG division working on a vehicle based on another automaker’s platform seem slim at best.

The official word from Mercedes-AMG boss Tobias Moers, though, is that the market for a tar-rippling, AMG-fettled bakkie isn’t quite large enough to warrant its development.

“No, there will be no AMG pickup,” Moers told the Australian publication at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

“Maybe there’s a market for such a vehicle in Australia, but not in the overall plan,” he added.

Dr. Dieter Zetsche, Daimler chairman and head of Mercedes-Benz Cars, commented last month that “there is no plan” for an AMG-badged X-Class, before adding: “But you never know. We’ll see how the market goes, and how this product will be received in the marketplace”.

http://www.carmag.co.za/news_post/heres-why-amg-wont-go-near-the-mercedes-x-class/
 

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Imagine the aggression of an AMG double cab driver. It will make Toyota Fortuner drivers look like fluffy kittens.
 

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Mercedes-Benz X-Class pickup truck to be revealed later today

The Mercedes-Benz pickup truck was revealed last October in concept form. Hours from its reveal, Mercedes has revealed some of its styling

The Mercedes-Benz X-Class pick-up truck will be revealed in production form later today, and to mark the occasion, Mercedes has revealed a preview image of the car ahead of its unveiling.

The typically murky image reveals little that we've not seen, but highlights the production car's design features, like the grille, headlights and bumper at the front, and its wheels and a sharp crease along the lower sides.

What's yet to be seen is the rear-end styling; Mercedes presented two distinct looks when the concept version was revealed, but previous testing outings allowed us to catch a glimpse at the disguised rear ahead of the reveal.

Mercedes-Benz's pick-up truck was previously spotted in development on video, having shed a little disguise since first shots of the pick-up emerged.

It's clear from the video that the production X-Class will draw heavily from the concept precursor revealed in October 2016, with the familiar Mercedes face on the front resembling that of the larger Mercedes SUVs like the GLE and GLS. At the rear, the taillights appear to take the shape of the distinctive full ring lights of the concept, although the rear flap handle disrupts what would be the upper edge of the LED rectangle.

Despite the time elapsed since the concept's reveal, the spotted development still rides on alloys from the Nissan Navara, on which it's based.

Mercedes' first pick-up truck will be built at Spanish and Argentinian plants owned by the Daimler and the Renault-Nissan Alliance.

Speaking at the Paris motor show, Carlos Ghosn, chairman and CEO of the Alliance, said: “The partnership between Daimler and the Alliance has grown and matured. By sharing development and production costs, we have been able to enter new segments and offer our customers more compelling vehicles with the latest technology and features at more competitive prices."

Mercedes' pick-up will benefit from this business system, and will be constructed alongside Renault’s Alaskan truck and its Nissan sister model, the NP300 Navara.

Despite the shared underpinnings, Mercedes is understood to be focusing on giving its version of the pick-up a distinctive character. As such, it'll get its own range of engines and its own suspension settings.

Earlier pictures of a development model, shown in the gallery, also suggest it’ll sit lower and be slightly wider than its Renault and Nissan siblings. Mercedes’ design language appears in the features, with the upswept appearance of the headlights visible in outline through the camouflage.

The Mercedes pick-up will most likely have a different interior to that of the Nissan too; the test car's dashboard and other interior components were also camouflaged.

Mercedes claims a load-carrying potential of 1100kg for the X-Class, and a towing capacity of the range-topping diesel V6 model is a claimed 3500kg. Four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines supplied by Nissan, as well as a Mercedes petrol V6 are expected to make up the engine line. A hot AMG version would likely use a V8. 4Matic all-wheel drive is likely to be optional, but standard on the V6 engine and above. Also offered will be a transfer case offering low-range gearing, on-demand differential locks and electronic traction control for added off-road prowess.

Among the engines planned to power the X-Class are yet-to-be-specified four-cylinder petrol and diesel units, supplied by Nissan, together with the top-of-the-line Mercedes V6 gasoline engine showcased in the concepts of the Mercedes-Benz pick-up revealed in Stockholm, Sweden.

The more premium interior and upmarket badge of the Mercedes mean it’s likely that it will be more expensive than its £22,000 Navara counterpart. It'll therefore occupy the upper end of the pick-up segment, rivalling the Volkswagen Amarok.

Previous reports have suggested that it won't reach North America but would be sold in Europe, Australia, South Africa and Latin America.

https://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/...-x-class-pickup-truck-be-revealed-later-today

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LIVE: 2017 Mercedes-Benz X-Class bakkie world premiere in Cape Town

Mercedes-Benz will unveil its new bakkie at an exclusive event in Cape Town on Tuesday (July 18).

Wheels24 will be reporting live from the X-Class premiere and will bring you all the details on the automaker's premium double-cab bakkie.

We've included a live stream link in this article, set to begin at 7.10pm on Tuesday evening.

First unveiled at the Geneva motor show in March 2017, the X-Class borrows the Nissan Navara's chassis, says Mercedes-Benz Vans boss Volker Mornhinweg.

5 things you should know about the new X-Class bakkie:

1. It’s going to be expensive - Morhinweg said it's “It’s too early to say” what pricing would be but adds that there “is an opportunity for a premium pick-up, and the pricing will be higher.”

2. It's not just a 'Navara with a Mercedes badge' - All Mercedes-Benz is borrowing from Nissan's flagship bakkie is “the ladder frame”, Mornhinweg says, adding that Nissan “has 80 years of experience” making these things.

3. There will be three engines at launch - One of them will be a version of the 2.3-litre Nissan Diesel engine, and not a version of Mercedes-Benz’s new two-litre diesel. It will, however, be heavily tuned and adjusted by Mercedes-Benz. Additionally there will be a Mercedes-Benz V6 diesel, as well as what Morhinweg vaguely described as “a petrol engine”.

4. There will be no AMG version - Just in case you were dreaming about an X63 AMG...

5. It's due to arrive in South Africa later in 2018 - Prices and local specifications will follow prior to its local launch.

http://www.wheels24.co.za/OffRoad_a...s-bakkie-world-premiere-in-cape-town-20170718
 

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Mercedes-Benz X-Class Reveal: LIVE BLOG

We are at the launch of the all-new Mercedes-Benz X-class, the German's venture into the double-cab market. Mercedes-Benz has chosen Cape Town, South Africa as its choice for the reveal, which is fantastic given our market's love for the versatile bakkie. Please note, this is a live post and we'll be updating as the night progresses.

18/07/2017

17:30

Well, we have seen the new Mercedes-Benz X-Class with our own eyes and from first impressions, it's not radically different from the Nissan Navara double-cab bakkie upon which it is based.

17:20

According to one of the crew, we're in a snazzy hipster bar. Security is exceptionally tight and our phone cameras have been taped over, to prevent early leaks. Just before we got here, Mercedes-Benz released two more teaser images, just to hype us over even more. Just under two hours to go...


17:00

We have checked into the venue and are ready to witness this important vehicle reveal. The last of the camera batteries are charging and our crew will be filming some videos. The hype around this Mercedes-Benz X-Class is insane and interest unparalleled. It is one of the few vehicles which the public are obsessed with, and if the reaction to the concept vehicles revealed in Sweden not so long ago is anything to go by, we're in for a big one.

http://www.cars.co.za/motoring_news/mercedes-benz-x-class-reveal-live-blog/43686/

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First Look: Mercedes-Benz X-Class at the World Premiere - Cars.co.za

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"The presentation is in full swing now and Mercedes-Benz has its Commercial Vehicle bigwigs talking about how its new X-Class is expected to slot right into the segment. The brand is hoping to attract a broad variety of customers, such as commercial customers as well as the adventurous private user. "Labour and leisure" was the phrase being used. Some tech details: there'll be petrol and diesel engines as well as manual and automatic gearboxes. There'll be four-wheel drive derivatives as well. The range lineup will comprise X200, X220d, X250d and X350d. Power ranges from 122 kW and 238 Nm, to the mighty 190 kW and 550 Nm. There will be three trim levels: Pure, Progressive and Power, plus styling packages and accessories to personalise your Mercedes-Benz X-Class.

When is it coming? Well, Mercedes-Benz has said it will reach European markets in November 2017 and will have a starting price of 37 000 Euros."

http://www.cars.co.za/motoring_news/mercedes-benz-x-class-reveal-live-blog/43686/
 

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The 2018 Mercedes-Benz X-Class Luxury Truck Is Finally Real

The 2018 Mercedes-Benz X-Class pickup truck has finally, for real, landed in its final form at a blowout shindig in Cape Town, South Africa. Today, the world meets the mid-sized Mercedes luxury truck it’s been waiting for, I guess.

Before anybody reading this in America gets too excited, the X-Class is only coming out in Germany and other parts of Europe this year. Next year it will come to South Africa and Australia, and by 2019 the truck is supposed to be on sale in Argentina and Brazil, too.

Sadly, like the Nissan Navara and Renault Alaskan with which the X-Class shares a platform, there are no official plans for an incursion to the U.S. market.

Where the X-Class will be available, it’ll start at €37,000 in Germany ($42,770 at current exchange rates, again, not that it matters) and come in three trim levels with four engine options, rear-wheel drive or selectable four-wheel drive, and a seven-speed automatic or six-speed manual.

http://truckyeah.jalopnik.com/the-2018-mercedes-benz-x-class-luxury-truck-is-finally-1797024902
 

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Here it is! Mercedes reveals X-Class bakkie

The next big step in the gentrification of the once-humble pick-up is upon us. Mercedes-Benz pulled the covers off the showroom version of its X-Class in Cape Town on Tuesday night and, just as you would expect, its game plan is to offer a posher alternative to one-tonne favourites like the Hilux and Ranger.

Available only as a double cab, and due in South African showrooms in early 2018, the X-Class is based on alliance partner Nissan's Navara, and is also built in the Japanese carmaker’s Spanish plant, but Mercedes has added its own flavour to the exterior styling, while also polishing the cabin with plusher trimmings and more features.

And yet the fanciness quotient is variable, with Mercedes offering three trim grades, in the form of Pure (rugged and functional), Progressive (extra style and comfort) and Power, which is just downright lavish.

Like the Navara the X-Class trades the leaf spring rear suspension that you usually find beneath one-tonne bakkies for a smoother-riding coil-sprung, multi-link solid axle.

The X-Class will have a braked towing capacity of up to 3.5 tonnes and the vehicle will be offered with diesel power only in most markets. Initially this will be limited to two versions of the Nissan-sourced 2.3-litre oil burner: a 140kW/450Nm twin-turbo in the X 250d and a 120kW/403Nm single-turbo unit in the X 220d. A small selection of markets, mainly in the Middle East, will also get a 122kW petrol engine option.

Later in 2018 Mercedes will play its best engine card with the introduction of a V6 turbodiesel, rated at 190kW and 550Nm.

The four-cylinder models will be available with rear-wheel drive or part-time four-wheel drive as per one-tonne bakkie tradition, with six-speed manual or seven-speed automatic gearbox options, but the V6 will be mated to a more sophisticated permanent all-wheel drive system together with the 7G-Tronic Plus autobox. The flagship will also be available with Merc’s Dynamic Select system, allowing drivers to configure the engine and gearbox characteristics through five selectable driving modes, including one for off-roading.

However, all 4x4 versions will have low-range gearing and Downhill Speed Regulation to facilitate serious bundu-bashing, while a rear diff lock will be optional. Mercedes says the ground clearance on models sold outside of Europe will be 222mm.

The X-Class will have decent workhorse credentials too, with a payload of up to 1100kg, within a loadbay that’s wide enough to accommodate a Euro-pallet. The load area also offers LED illumination to help you out when loading at night and there’s a handy 12-volt socket for power tools.

It may have the work ethic of a proper bakkie then, but Mercedes-Benz has gone the full luxury car monty inside with premium materials and gadgets that you’d normally not expect to find in a load-lugger. And there will be plenty of ways to personalise the cabin as Mercedes says it will offer the widest selection of materials and colours in the segment, including six different seat upholstery options and two roof-liner colours.

The X-Class has a free-standing central screen as per the V-Class, and measuring up to 21.3cm in vehicles fitted with the Comand Online infotainment system. Versions equipped with this, or the Audio 20 CD system, will also feature a console-mounted touchpad, as offered in the brand’s passenger cars.

Mercedes claims that the X-Class is the most connected pick-up in its class, thanks to its ‘Me Connect’ system that allows customers to view vehicle information remotely via their smartphones or set-up door-to-door navigation, although it appears that these features will be limited to European markets.

On the safety front, the X-Class boasts a full suite of active driving aids, including Active Brake Assist, Lane Keeping Assist, Trailer Stability Assist and Traffic Sign Assist. Furthermore, it’ll be the only vehicle in its segment fitted as standard with internally vented brake discs on all wheels.

Of course, South African specifications and pricing will be confirmed closer to next year’s launch.

http://www.iol.co.za/motoring/latest-launches/here-it-is-mercedes-reveals-x-class-bakkie-10350273
 
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