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

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That's just sad, you forget that it's actually a partnership and not one manufacturer borrowing engines from the other



Big difference between a partnership sharing technology and borrowing engines from each other.
Both is possible, it can be a Merc engine with ideas and tech borrowed from Nissan / Renault, or it can just be a straight Nissan or Renault engine with a Merc badge.
Can be taken a step further, a Nissan engine with tech borrowed from Renault or the other way around.

If it's a Merc designed engine with borrowed tech it's fine, if it's a Nissan engine with borrowed tech it's fine, but if it's a Renault engine then no thanks.
 

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Big difference between a partnership sharing technology and borrowing engines from each other.
Both is possible, it can be a Merc engine with ideas and tech borrowed from Nissan / Renault, or it can just be a straight Nissan or Renault engine with a Merc badge.
Can be taken a step further, a Nissan engine with tech borrowed from Renault or the other way around.

If it's a Merc designed engine with borrowed tech it's fine, if it's a Nissan engine with borrowed tech it's fine, but if it's a Renault engine then no thanks.

Trompie is going to like this. :D
 

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New Mercedes-Benz X-Class could raise the humble SA bakkie to a whole new level

The new Mercedes-Benz X-Class has made its global debut in Cape Town. Alex Parker spent some time with the new bakkie in Franschhoek.

The X-Class is a very big deal for Mercedes-Benz. You can tell by the PR machine and what it’s saying.

It appears that its principle concern is that people will say building a pick-up was the wrong call; that the X-Class isn’t a proper ‘Benz and that they had no business doing this anyway.

So, what gives? How did we get to the point where a premium bakkie is headed for South Africa?

A few years ago I spent an hour in the passenger seat of a new C-Class as it was driven quite expertly around Marseilles. The driver was Dieter Zetsche and he was heading to a hotel and this was my gap to talk to him. Zetsche’s ability to clip apexes was only matched by my rising car-sickness as I tried to scribble down what the Daimler AG CEO was saying.

It was one of those magnificent free-wheeling conversations in which I got him to talk about as much as I could get him to.

'We have to do everything'

But I do distinctly remember him saying that for the three-pointed star to avoid becoming a boutique manufacturer of luxury sedan cars "we have to do everything" – even, reading between the lines, things that might not feel immediately like a fit for the iconic manufacturer of the E an S Classes. He later described it as "one of the last gaps in our portfolio".

I have no idea whether the X-Class is a passion project for Mercedes-Benz or part of Zetsche’s "everything", but what’s clear is that the firm spotted a sales gap where there was not a three-pointed star and the rest is history.

On (and off) the road

Our very brief foray onto tarmac and off-road at the magnificent Franschhoek Motor Museum (regrettably only in the passenger seat) seemed to suggest that this has all paid dividends. Diesel clatter was absolutely minimal in the X250d I rode in and roadholding seemed solid on an admittedly smooth track. On the off-road and jeep-track sections the coil-sprung rear suspension was the best I’ve ever felt in a bakkie While still undeniably a pick-up (it can carry 1.2 tonnes and haul 3.5 tonnes), the kick in the spine from the rear-axle you’re used to in a pick-up is notably absent, even with an empty load bay.

Finally, there’s the kit. Mercedes' luxury benchmarking has come in at safety standards too. So this is a bakkie that can, depending on the trim line, come with a great deal of Mercedes-Benz’s safety kit, including lane-keep assist, brake assist, distronic cruise control, trailer sway assist, hill descent control and a whole host more. Again, this is a whole new level of safety technology for the segment.

You can also pimp your X-Class, and really do it properly, because the accessories were all designed in-house by the same people who designed the bakkie. So, should you want side steps and bull bars and even a canopy, they’ll hook you up.

Excellent ride

So, without having actually driven the car, I can tell you this. The X-Class is a quiet and comfortable bakkie from the passenger seat that seems capable off-road. Its ride is excellent, its interior is the best in the business and so are its safety kit standards. At 190kW and 550Nm the X350d will also be comfortably South Africa’s most powerful bakkie and, with permanent 4x4 and a seven-speed automatic, it’ll put that massive shunt down just fine too. That means it’s all looking very much like Mercedes-Benz have aced it here.

The proof will be in the pudding, of course. The X-Class will be formally launched in October globally and in April 2018 in SA. Pricing is some way off yet (from €37 000, says Mercedes), but it’ll be pricey as bakkies go.

I’m sure this won’t matter too much for some, though. My guess, judging from initial interest and the size of the local bakkie market, is that demand will be high. Get your orders in, folks.

Partnering with Nissan

Daimler’s people were keen to share the growth of the mid-sized pick-up (bakkie) market, which they estimate will swell 43% over the next decade. Given the well-noted change in how people use bakkies – here, in Australasia, in Europe and in South America – as lifestyle, status and family vehicles, their bet is that a percentage of that market would like a more luxury offering.

To help deliver this Daimler have turned to their technical partner of almost eight years now, Nissan.

Not just a ‘Navara in a posh frock’

Now, let’s be clear about this. On every internet forum and no doubt blazoned across Facebook and Twitter the pub experts will tell you that the X-Class is a "Navara in a posh frock", or something similar. Mercedes-Benz expected this, even bringing a rolling chassis all the way to Franschhoek to make their point.

The ladder frame is indeed from Nissan. With respect the folks at Benz, the chances of them building a better one off the bat was pretty limited anyway, and they probably knew it. Now, saying that this makes the X-Class “a posh Nissan” is just silly. It’s like saying "I’m the equal of Wayde Van Niekerk because I also have a skeleton". It’s absurd. Be that as it may, Mercedes have gone to great lengths to tell us that anything related to the ride, the steering, the suspension and the brakes was all pure Mercedes. The stuff, in fact, that’s the difference between Alex Parker and Wayde Van Niekerk.

Nissan-sourced engine

That and the engine, of course, and indeed the 2.3-litre diesel unit in the X250d is Nissan-sourced, although fundamentally changed for the purposes of a Mercedes-Benz truck. But the big three-litre V6 diesel in the X350d is a Benz motor, as is the X200 turbopetrol (although they weren’t clear on this, it looks as though this won’t be making it to sunny SA).

Pure, Progressive Power

The truck is available in three trim lines; pure, progressive and power, with the former verging on being a workhorse vehicle, and the Power line enjoying a ton of bling and some lovely 19" alloys. It is, in the posher two trim lines, a really good looking truck – big and assertive and tough. It doesn’t do anything too radical but it sure as hell looks like a Mercedes - and that’s a good thing. Mercedes reckon they’ve got a truck for your lifestyle.

Luxury cabin, for a bakkie

Inside they’ve also gone to great lengths to lift the X-Class to a level beyond anything we’ve seen in a Bakkie. If it’s fair to say that the best bakkie interior you can buy today is in the Amarok, then this is mission accomplished for Mercedes-Benz’s designers. In the smarter models the use of leather and chrome combine to make this really feel quite special. We had a very brief time inside the vehicle but first impressions suggest a level of quality and spec you wouldn’t be unhappy about in a GLC.

And that’s a critical point. I doorstopped one of the Daimler engineers and asked him how they’d benchmarked NVH (noise, vibration and harshness, an industry-wide measure of sophistication), and he said outright that while they’d noted pick-up competitors’ NVH levels they strictly benchmarked luxury SUVs for the X-Class’s NVH standards.

http://www.wheels24.co.za/OffRoad_a...-class-bakkie-in-sa-interior-pricing-20170720
 

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Mercedes-Benz X-Class: Concept vs. production…

The new Mercedes-Benz X-Class: concept vs. production...

Judging by some of the comments on our Facebook page, many of our readers believe that the production version of the new Mercedes-Benz X-Class could have stayed a little truer to the concept.

So, we’ve decided to put the two side-by-side to illustrate both the similarities and the differences (aggressive concept on the left and more restrained production model on the right). You be the judge…

Mercedes-Benz X-Class concept vs. production From the front three-quarter angle, you’ll immediately notice that the production version loses the concept’s sharper headlamps and bulging bonnet (and, of course, the winch, but that was to be expected). The wheels and tyres are also more on-road-friendly, while the production model has gained front foglamps.

Mercedes-Benz X-Class concept vs. production It’s a similar case with the second model (in white) and its concept muse, with the gaping lower air-dam, the front grille and the side-mirrors all having been toned down.

Mercedes-Benz X-Class concept vs. production In profile, the move from chunky off-roading tyres to moderate rubber changes the vehicle’s stance somewhat, while the trim on the wheelarches has also been scrapped.

Mercedes-Benz X-Class concept vs. production But it’s perhaps from the rear three-quarter view that the two differ most markedly. The concept’s unique rear arrangement is gone (although, again, that was to be expected), replaced by a fairly subdued, flat tailgate. The rear winch, too, has been removed.

Mercedes-Benz X-Class concept vs. production Inside, the initial concept’s bold colour scheme has been dropped in favour of a more muted cabin (the mid-spec Progressive model is pictured above), although the steering wheel design hasn’t changed much. The freestanding display, air-vent arrangement and interior door handles, too, have been carried over largely unscathed.

http://www.carmag.co.za/news_post/mercedes-benz-x-class-concept-vs-production/

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X-Class & rival double cabs it needs to beat [with Video]

The bakkie market is changing rapidly and certain manufacturers are producing premium double-cab bakkies that are far more sophisticated and lifestyle-oriented than ever before. We take a look at 4 double-cab bakkies that place more emphasis on luxury and will ultimately lead the charge in the upper end of the double-cab bakkie market. Take a look!

One thing is for certain: a bakkie’s ability to work will remain a key driver for bakkie demand in the South African market. The local market for bakkies is widespread, including sectors such as government, construction and agriculture. But in recent years, a new market has emerged and is growing substantially. This market can be referred to as the leisure market.

You see, bakkies are no longer merely perceived as workhorses that slave away on dusty farms in the Free State. Bakkies have now become fashion statements, symbols of success for the working man. Due to their outstanding abilities, they have also become lifestyle tools and family vehicles that enable consumers to engage in their favourite leisure pursuits.

Popular bakkies such as the Ford Ranger and Toyota Hilux are typically designed to meet the needs of the leisure buyer with higher levels of interior comfort features, improved ride quality, comprehensive safety specification and aesthetic appeal. The right combination of these factors is crucial and bakkie manufacturers are increasingly focusing on these factors in an effort to maximise sales.

There are, however, a handful of double-cab bakkies that will, or have, redefined what customers expect from a leisure bakkie. These high-end bakkies are likely to change perceptions and new benchmarks could be established where even the top-selling Ford Ranger and Toyota Hilux may appear to be a bit humdrum.

New Mercedes-Benz X-Class

The production version of the new Mercedes-Benz X-Class was unveiled in Cape Town this week and it already has, to some extent, shattered current perceptions of what a leisure bakkie should and can offer. The X-Class is based on the new Nissan Navara and forthcoming Renault Alaskan and it is expected to arrive in South Africa in 2018.

Combining an appealing exterior design with a modern and luxurious interior, the X-Class is perhaps the best example of what the future holds for the leisure double-cab bakkie. Plush surfaces, a comprehensive infotainment system and a range of driver assistance aids, similar to those found in current Mercedes-Benz models, will feature in the new X-Class.

The upmarket interior of the X-Class features technology currently offered on other Mercedes-Benz products.

The X-Class will be offered with 3 model variants namely Pure, Progressive and Power and will initially be powered by a 2.3-litre turbodiesel engine with 2 output choices on offer. The X220d will generate 120 kW, while the bi-turbo X250d will offer up 140 kW. Furthermore, a 190 kW / 550 Nm V6 turbodiesel engine is expected to join the range later in 2018 in the form of the X350d 4Matic.A 6-speed manual transmission will be standard while a 6-speed automatic will be offered on request for the X250d and X350d 4Matic.

Facelifted Volkswagen Amarok

The facelifted Amarok welcomes a 3.0-litre V6 turbodiesel engine to the local range.

The facelifted Volkswagen Amarok arrived in South Africa earlier this year and apart from its handsomely revised looks, it too features a revised and modern interior closely resembling that of the Touareg SUV, which should resonate well with lifestyle-orientated buyers. Higher-spec versions are fitted with a larger touchscreen infotainment system equipped with the latest satnav software. The Amarok’s interior boasts excellent build quality and comfort not typically associated with a bakkie and it’s new Servotronic power steering system has also improved on-road drivability, making it feel and drive more like an SUV.

The Amarok's SUV-like interior is modern and well-equipped with comfort features.

In terms of engines, Volkswagen’s 3.0-litre V6 turbodiesel engine is a highlight in the range and offers 165 kW and 550 Nm of torque with an overboost function that temporarily bumps outputs up to 180 kW and 580 Nm of torque. The familiar 2.0-litre turbodiesel and 2.0-litre bi-turbodiesel engines are on offer too. The Volkswagen Amarok is arguably the most premium double-cab bakkie currently on offer in South Africa.

New Renault Alaskan

The Renault Alaskan will join the leisure double cab bakkie fray when it arrives in SA in 2018.

Built on the same platform as the Nissan Navara and Mercedes-Benz X-Class, the Alaskan is also expected to arrive in South Africa in 2018.

The Alaskan's interior will feature upmarket materials and connectivity solutions while it's 5-link rear suspension is expected to offer notable on-road comfort.

The interior of the Alaskan will also focus on comfort with upmarket finishes.

Power will most likely come in the form of a 2.3-litre bi-turbodiesel engine that will offer either 120 kW or 141 kW. A 6-speed manual or 7-speed automatic transmissions will be offered in both 2- or 4-wheel drive guises. A 2.5-litre petrol and diesel engine is also a possibility, but the South African engine lineup is yet to be confirmed.

We will be driving the Renault Alaskan in the next few weeks, so look out for our first impressions soon.

New Nissan Navara

The new Nissan Navara is a markedly improved product that offers higher levels of refinement.

The new Nissan Navara arrived in South Africa in March 2017 with new exterior styling as well as a significantly improved interior design, replete with a touchscreen infotainment system, satnav and a surround view monitor. Perhaps more importantly, the new Navara double cab features a new, independent 5-link coil suspension system that has improved ride quality substantially over its predecessor.

The Navara's interior has improved with upgraded materials and an appealing array of comfort and convenience features.

The Navara is powered by a new 2.3-litre twin turbodiesel engine offering 140 kW and 450 Nm of torque. Buyers have a choice of either a 6-speed manual or 7-speed automatic transmission. Based on our initial impression of the new Navara, we feel it ranks among the best leisure double cab bakkies in South Africa, particularly in terms of refinement.

http://www.cars.co.za/motoring_news/x-class--rival-double-cabs-it-needs-to-beat-with-video/43057/
 

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Mercedes-Benz X-Class - Riding shotgun on track and off-road - Cars.co.za

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Hitching a ride in Merc’s new X-Class

The eagerly-awaited Mercedes-Benz X-Class was revealed to the world, in full showroom guise, at a glitzy event at Cape Town’s harbour on Tuesday night and it was quite fitting that the premium carmaker chose to stage its global premiere on local shores.

For starters, South Africans have a love affair with the pick-up truck (or bakkie as we’ve affectionately dubbed it), particularly the one-tonne variety. We’re into premium brands too, and there’s really no denying that! So it’s little surprise that Mercedes-Benz has identified South Africa as one of the key markets for the world’s first premium-branded product to compete in the modern one-tonne segment.

It’s not the first Mercedes bakkie ever, but that’s a story for another day.

And yet the new Merc's debut has sparked some finger wagging, with many accusing the X-Class of being nothing more than a Nissan Navara in a fancy mink coat. Sure, it does share its chassis, door panels and most of its engines with the aforementioned Japanese bakkie, and it’s also built in the same Spanish factory. That is to save on the exorbitant development costs that Mercedes would have had to fork out for a product of unproven popularity, bean counters will tell you, before going on a long “efficiency of scale” tangent.

Yet has Mercedes-Benz added enough of its own fancy flavour to justify the inevitable premium positioning?

The exterior styling is likely to strike the right chord with consumers, particularly the frontal design that mimics Merc’s modern SUV range. While the doors are basically identical to Nissan’s, the Benz does have smoother wheel arches and a unique, if somewhat understated, rear end.

It’s an all-Benz affair inside, with some high-end finishes on the larnier-spec versions and elegantly stitched leather seats available in a choice of colours.

The X-Class will be available in three flavours: Pure, Progressive and Power. There were no base 'Pure' models on display at the launch event and in pictures they look quite plain and workmanlike, but the Progressive and Power derivatives that I was able to climb into felt rather plush, for the most part, with ‘cool-touch’ silver shadow trimmings and various aluminium and woodgrain ‘effect’ inlays. The upper dash is soft to the touch, but the large bulging lower-to-middle mass of plastic is not exactly premium in appearance or feel. For the most part, however, Mercedes-Benz has delivered a classy cabin, and it’s also available with the widest selection of materials and colours in its segment, and a fairly gluttonous array of gizmos and gadgets, but we’ll get to those a little later.

By now you'll be itching to know whether it drives better than the average bakkie. Unfortunately it’s too early to tell for sure. No journalists will get to drive the new X-Class for at least another few months as it is still in the early pre-production stages. However, the global media contingent present at the reveal did get to ride shotgun for a 15 minute track and off-road course the following day, on the Franschhoek Motor Museum’s premises.

Stepping into the passenger seat of a 4x4 model in range-topping ‘Power’ guise, and with the Nissan-sourced 2.3-litre turbodiesel engine idling, I was impressed by how quiet it was inside once the doors were closed.

Mercedes assures us that it has fitted plenty of additional sound-deadening material to the X-Class, while its engineers also toyed with the engine mapping, suspension characteristics and steering ratio. Like the Navara, the Merc’s back end rides on coil springs rather than leaf springs, although it still has a live rear axle. An independent double-wishbone suspension does service up front.

It would be unfair to deliver an assessment of the ride quality and handling based on 15 minutes in the passenger seat on a Mercedes-designed course, but with the necessary big disclaimers attached, I can perhaps blurt “so far so good.” Driven at speed over badly potholed dirt tracks, it felt comfortable by bakkie standards, although with an empty load bin it still felt somewhat bouncier than I’d imagine a modern car-based SUV would feel over similar surfaces. This machine still has to accommodate heavy loads, after all.

Same goes for the racing circuit portion of the short route, where my driver skillfully pushed it through tight corners and multiple emergency lane change simulations at near-frightening pace, and though there was considerable body roll, as you’d get in any high-riding, ladder-box-constructed bakkie, the X-Class just held on for dear life. Based on that, and properly driven, I can’t see how it would fail that so-called “moose test”.

Performance impressions will have to wait until we actually get behind the wheel, but for the record, the aforementioned 2.3 is offered in 140kW/450Nm twin-turbo and 120kW/403Nm single-turbo guises, mated to either a six-speed manual or seven-speed autobox. Mercedes will however offer its own V6 turbodiesel engine as a flagship option from mid-2018, tuned to 190kW and 550Nm and mated to a seven-speed autobox.

The Franschhoek course included some off-road obstacles that showed the bakkie's ability to handle a rear wheel in the air scenario (where the optional diff-lock comes into play) as well as crawl up and down steep gradients, where the low-range gearing and Downhill Speed Regulation showed their worth.

2.3-litre diesels will be offered with a choice between rear-wheel drive and part-time four-wheel drive, while the V6 will come standard with a permanent four-wheel drive system, albeit still sporting low-range. Mercedes claims a ground clearance of 222mm.

And if you find yourself defending the Bakkie Benz around the braai any time soon, you might want to mention that the newcomer will have an official towing capacity of up to 3.5 tonnes and a payload of up to 1100kg. It will only be available in double cab guise, incidentally.

High-end cabin features

As mentioned, there are three trim grades available and with them a wide variety of interior trimmings and features, from workmanlike in the Pure, to plush and stylish in the Progressive and quite flashy in the Power derivative.

All versions come with a multi-function three-spoke steering wheel, leather covered in the Progressive and Power models. Vehicles fitted with the Audio 20 CD and Comand Online infotainment systems also get a centre-console-mounted touchpad similar to that found in MB’s passenger cars.

The gadgets arsenal includes an integrated SIM card that allows drivers to monitor their vehicles remotely via a smartphone and even send it navigation destinations ahead of the journey, although it has yet to be confirmed whether SA models will offer this feature.

All local specs and prices will only be confirmed closer to its April 2018 projected on-sale date, but overseas versions offer an impressive array of gadgets and gizmos.

In addition to available luxuries like the Comand Online infotainment system, with its 21.3cm screen, and Linguatronic voice control, there is a full range of driver-assist equipment available.

For starters there’s a 360-degree camera system that not only provides the usual reverse view, but also gives you the view ahead that you can’t see when climbing an extremely steep incline on a trail.

Additional safety ‘assist’ gadgets come in the form of Active Brake Assist, Lane Keeping Assist, Traffic Sign Assist, Trailer Stability Assist and tyre pressure monitoring.

Some cool accessories

Those last few paragraphs could easily be inserted into story about a high-end passenger car, but in addition to all that, the X-Class can be accessorised with some rather cool bakkie gear.

Buyers can personalise their bakkie with a huge range of load bed accessories, including a colour coded hard lid tonneau cover (above), a conventional soft tonneau in black, an armadillo-like rolling cover, a bed divider system and a 156-litre storage box, in addition to a sports bar, colour-coded canopy and various underguard protection parts for off-roading.

Let’s not forget the LED illumination system and the handy 12-volt socket for your power tools.

But will the new Merc’s blend of traditional bakkie functionality and premium car luxury make it a hit on the market? Given SA’s aforementioned affiliation to fancy badges, there is a good chance that Mercedes-Benz will pull this one off, but it’s still early days.

http://www.iol.co.za/motoring/latest-launches/hitching-a-ride-in-mercs-new-x-class-10381889

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Mercedes will offer these accessories for its X-Class

This Mercedes-Benz X-Class is fitted with the side bar, styling bar and hard tonneau cover.

Mercedes-Benz says its team of in-house designers and developers have created an “extensive range” of accessories for the new X-Class double-cab bakkie.

The range comprises styling, loading and off-road solutions, with the Stuttgart automaker adding that it will be “expanded successively, especially for off-road use”.

So, what sort of extra kit will you be able to specify for your X-Class? Here’s the rundown (take note that not all will be offered from launch, and that the local catalogue has yet to be confirmed)…

Technical underguard: This covers the relevant areas of the vehicle’s underbody and thus protects the engine and transmission against damage when driving off-road. It comprises three parts, which can be removed if necessary. Made from stainless steel (2-3 mm thick), it includes openings to provide easy access to all relevant areas for repairs and maintenance tasks.

Styling bar: Mercedes says the styling bar (which is attached to the load compartment sill) gives its X-Class “an even sportier and more progressive character”. With a diameter of 76 mm, the pipes are fashioned from stainless steel, and can be had in a polished or black finish. A third brake light is integrated into the bar.

Mercedes-Benz X-Class AccessoriesSports bar: The sports bar is available in all vehicle colours, again with an integrated third brake light. This piece of kit will be available separately or in combination with the roll cover.

Side bar steel: According to Mercedes-Benz, the side bar with step makes it “safer to climb in and out without slipping”. Able to bear up to 150 kg, the diameter of the pipes is again 76 mm. As with the styling bar, it is available in polished steel or painted black.

Mercedes-Benz X-Class AccessoriesStorage box: This lockable, scratch-proof box has a capacity of 156 litres. It is rainproof and, according to Mercedes, “easy to clean” (including with a pressure washer or in a car wash). Attached to the load bed’s side load-securing rails, it can be positioned anywhere in a longitudinal direction.

Canopy: Painted in the vehicle colour, Mercedes says the canopy increases the cargo volume, protects the load against theft and is watertight, weatherproof and dust-proof. The rear window and the lift-up window on the front passenger side are operated using a pushbutton. On the driver’s side, there is a pop-out window to let fresh air into the interior. The canopy is lined on the inside, features LED lighting and can be provided with roof railing as a further option.

Mercedes-Benz X-Class accessoriesBed liner: The black plastic liner protects the load bed from dirt and scratches. It goes under the load compartment sill and Mercedes says it is “therefore compatible with all covers and the load-securing rails”.

Bed divider system: This moveable partition makes it possible to compartmentalise the loading area. The partition is made of anodised aluminium and attaches to the load-securing rails.

Load-securing rails (in the floor): While the X-Class has four load-securing points (Pure line) or load-securing rails (Progressive and Power) on the sides of the load bed, similar rails in the floor will be offered as an accessory.

Mercedes-Benz X-Class accessoriesSoft tonneau cover: Benz promises that the black soft tonneau cover is watertight, weatherproof, tear-resistant and can be rolled up. When rolled up it can be attached to two loops.

Hard tonneau cover: Available in the vehicle colour, the hard tonneau cover protects the load against theft as well as from the effects of the weather. Inside, you’ll find LED lighting, which switches on and off automatically.

Roll cover: The roll cover also protects the load against theft. Mercedes says it is waterproof as well as water-repellent and dust-repellent, and can be fastened in multiple opening positions and combined with the styling bar or the sports bar.

http://www.carmag.co.za/news_post/mercedes-will-offer-these-accessories-for-its-x-class/

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Here’s how Mercedes tweaked the Navara’s chassis…

Since the official unveiling of the Mercedes-Benz X-Class, plenty has been said about the German brand’s bakkie being based on the Nissan Navara (see the two side-by-side here). But the Stuttgart automaker itself has until now revealed few details about the engineering tweaks made to the Japanese double-cab’s underpinnings.

But, talking to the folks over at motoring.com.au, Mercedes-Benz Vans chief Volker Mornhinweg has spilled the beans … well, a few of them, anyway.

Mornhinweg told the Australian publication that the upgrades made to the Navara’s chassis were considerable, and included the reinforcement of the ladder-frame with additional cross bracing (initially designed for the V6 model, but then extended across the range).

“We had a clear development target of what we’d like to achieve with the pick-up when it comes to driveability, comfort, suspension and turn-in,” said Mornhinweg.

He went on to say that air suspension was not considered for the double-cab, but revealed that the X-Class gained heavier coil springs, revalved dampers and thicker anti-roll bars.

Mornhinweg said that the X-Class bakkie’s wider track also had a positive impact on the vehicle’s handling and carrying capabilities.

“The [extra] width of the track defines the driveability and rolling stability, and when you would like to achieve a certain level, that’s done as a development target. As a result of that, we achieved a certain driveability, stiffness, rolling capability, and geometry.”

Mornhinweg also admitted that there was “not a need to differentiate the things a customer cannot feel or see”, saying to do so would be “stupid, because you need those economies of scale”.

“On one hand we are here to make our customers happy, but on the other, to be honest, we are in business to make better products to attract more customers,” he said.

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Join us for a ride in the Mercedes-Benz X-Class - Auto Trader SA

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2018 Mercedes-Benz X-Class First Look | CarAdvice

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Mercedes-Benz X-Class Ute Revealed | Drive.com.au

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2018 Mercedes-Benz X-Class revealed | motoring.com.au

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Mercedes-Benz X-Class world premiere in Cape Town – Best-of.

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No V8 on the cards for X-Class bakkie, says Mercedes

Mercedes-Benz says a V8-powered X-Class is unlikely...

Mercedes-Benz has already emphasised that an AMG-fettled version of the new X-Class is not on the cards, but the question was again asked after the global reveal of the Stuttgart automaker’s double-cab bakkie.

Mercedes-Benz Vans chief Volker Mornhinweg told CarsGuide that the brand had no plans to offer an AMG-badged X-Class fitted with Affalterbach’s 4,0-litre bi-turbo V8, positioned above the 190 kW X350d.

“I think the car is quite impressive already when it comes to styling and so on. I think the product is not right for V8,” Mornhinweg said, according to the Australian publication.

Of course, Mercedes-AMG also drops 3,0-litre turbo-petrol V6 units into its cars. Does that leave the door open for a 43-badged X-Class?

Well, CarsGuide also chatted to Mercedes-Benz Vans Australia boss, Diane Tarr, who refused to rule out the possibility of an AMG variant being added to the range further down the line.

“We won’t be bringing in an AMG at this point in time, but naturally the headquarters colleagues are very aware of the AMG status and demand,” Tarr said.

“And for us, let’s bring our product into the market, let’s consider it, let’s get the customer feedback and certainly we will continue to have conversations with headquarters colleagues around an opportunity that may or may not arise.”

“Let’s not rule anything out. Let’s see how we go,” she said.

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The Fairest 4x4 Truck by far? - Cars.co.za

From the passenger seat of the new Mercedes-Benz bakkie, Calvin Fisher tries to differentiate this premium German product from its Japanese DNA.

Mercedes-Benz has finally graced us with their latest combatant, the X-Class, after years of dangling it like an elusive carrot or render thereof. It's an unlikely fella, a bakkie otherwise known as a compact-truck or ute. But since it's been unveiled in Cape Town, South Africa let's just stick to the term bakkie. Forget the Toyota Hilux and Ford Ranger, the Mercedes-Benz takes aim at the premium side of the wedge, based as it is on the Nissan Navara's underpinnings and tasked with putting the VW Amarok V6 in its place, that's relegating it to second place of course. Have they done it? In short, it's too soon to say, but let me explain.

Set to swipe the Amarok V6 aside as the best bakkie in SA? We'll have to wait until 2018 to find out.

This is bakkie country

But it's also Benz country, with AMG badges adorning the bootlids of hatches, saloons and SUVs of school-runners to shopping-getters to track-enthusiast alike. A Benz bakkie then seems like a natural fit. A pity then that our first interaction with the X-Class was minimal, a mere viewing on a Wednesday followed by passenger rides on Thursday spent on both dirt and asphalt. I'll cut to the chase - the X-Class is a success in the metal, but not a resounding one. The concept car's flash and pomp has been traded in for a profile strikingly similar to the Navara donor car, including the steep rake where the cabin meets the load bay as well as that kink in the rear window sills. The Stuttgart front-end, lamps and grille addenda are a convincing graft job, and the wheel arches have been squared off to evoke Teutonic heft, and when you eventually clamber aboard you'll be delighted by a cabin reminiscent of the marque's SUV range.

Similarities between the X-Class and Navara will be drawn, especially on the surface as the likeness is undeniable.

Despite the car's development by Stuttgart engineers over the last three or four years, I feel that the hard points it shares with the Navara have ultimately shone through. From my passenger seat - this feels just like the Japanese bakkie. And why shouldn't it since they both ride on the same independent suspension, SUV-soft and somewhat of a revolution in this class of vehicle. Engines are similar and the Mercedes-Benz apes the dimensions of the Navara so for what it's worth, the main points of distinction are aesthetics and that aforementioned premium-ness, the latter of which is best appreciated in the cabin - lucky as it's where I'll get to flick, flack and twist dials and controls to my heart's content.

The layout is typically Mercedes-Benz, the only oddity is a gear lever located in the traditional position as opposed to Merc's usual insistence on the steering column. It's hardly a criticism but if you're desperately looking for chinks in its armour then I suppose that's it. But it won't matter, the X-Class is destined to be Mzansi fodder. Not even its price point will hurt its appeal. In Europe the base model will launch at R550 000 - by the time it makes its way to our shores at the end of the first quarter of 2018 it will have ticked considerably closer to the million rand mark, with the options list pushing it well beyond. And you'll see them everywhere. Sure, not in droves like the Ranger and Hilux, but in places you wouldn't expect a humble double-cab, rather a premium SUV. Which is what the X-Class is with the benefit of a load bin that can be charged with a 1.1-ton payload, a peloton of very expensive bicycles and gear, several crates of expensive wines and will be seen towing a horse-box or trailer between farms, not to mention conducting suburban crawls and climbing curbs at your local schools.

It appears Merc has done just enough to the cabin to give it that extra premium touch.

This is a truck designed for South Africans and Australians alike, and to a lesser extent Europeans but despite its obvious appeal to the American market won't be making its way to Trump land. As for our German driver, when asked if he had roads similar to the ones we were being driven on, the pristine tarmac of the Franschhoek test track and the gravel course that hithers and thithers alongside it his response was simply, "No. But we have potholes." Do with that what you will.

The Mercedes-Benz X-Class has proven that not even sharing the spine of a Japanese bakkie, which itself has also spawned the Renault Alaskan, can diminish the lustre of the three-pointed star. That's testimony to the brand's tremendously transformative corporate identity, which can be injected into the visage and living space of anything from a tiny A segment hatchling to this. The fact that the brand has genuine off-road pedigree and an extensive off-road catalogue means it's not going to be lonely in the company portfolio either. Bravo.

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Mercedes-Benz X-Class 2018 preview video - CarsGuide.com.au

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Mercedes-AMG X63 Pickup Not 100% Dead And Buried

Mercedes was the talk of the town last week when they unveiled their new pickup / bakkie known as the X-Class but many people were wondering and even interested in buying an AMG version of the German workhorse.

X-Tomi Design has kindly rendered what it would look like in AMG-spec and of course it looks the part, it is an AMG after all.

About half a year ago, AMG boss Tobias Moers said “No, there will be no AMG pickup,” but then his boss, Daimler chief Dieter Zetsche said “You never know. We’ll see how the market goes and how this product will be received in the marketplace.”

So it is not a definite no and it is not a definite yes. I think with enough interest in the top of the range model we could see a six-cylinder X43 AMG version followed fairly quickly by a X63 V8 version.

http://www.zero2turbo.com/2017/07/mercedes-amg-x63-pickup-not-100-dead-buried.html

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