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

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This is the correct response.

Front looks OK, back is beyond bland, and the interior is bloody awful. This completely daft trend of tacking iPads onto dashboards has to stop. :sick:
Us Millennials like them iPad dashboards. any car without a proper display on the dash is dated to me
 

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2018 Mercedes X-Class vs 2017 Toyota Hilux

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X-Class event report from Cape Town

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The vehicle has not had it's world launch yet, just an announcement. It will be in a few South American countries in Q4 first. SA in April. So local pricing will be prob be announced Q1 2018 side.
 

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Mercedes-Benz reveals plush X-Class pick-up + passenger ride

Mercedes is aiming to broaden the appeal of its pick-up from traditional buyers to the leisure market; it goes on sale at the end of 2017

revealed its much anticipated new premium pick-up, the X-Class, to the public at the Frankfurt motor show.

The model is a five-seat, four-door crew cab pick-up with a separate chassis, four engine options, a choice of selectable or permanent four-wheel drive and six-speed manual or seven-speed automatic transmission options. It goes on sale at the end of this year at prices starting from £34,500, inclusive of £5600 VAT.

The company claims that the X-Class can be used as both a rugged, off-road-capable pick-up, as well as a vehicle for urban families. Mercedes is aiming to meet the rising demand for pick-up trucks with the refinement and convenience features of a conventional car. Besides its robust construction and sophisticated suspension, the X-Class’s premium cabin, connectivity, extensive safety aids and scope for personalisation are all intended to extend its appeal beyond the traditional pick-up buyer looking for a workhorse, towards the leisure market.

The X-Class' core markets are Argentina, South Africa, Australia, Brazil, New Zealand; it has been extensively tested in all, says the car maker. Inspiration comes from the more rugged end of Mercedes' vehicles - the G-Wagen and Unimog are said to have influenced its design. Its core buyer types are businesses, landowners, families, adventurers, independent free spirits, according to designer Gordon Wagener. "It's a vehicle of opposites: hot and cool, tough and elegant, wilderness and civilisation."

To this end, the X-Class is offered with three varieties of dashboard finish, six upholstery options including two in leather and three trim levels, ranging from the entry-level Pure through Power and Progressive. Mercedes-Benz UK expects almost all sales to be of the pricier Power and Progressive trims.

X-Class engines include a 161bhp diesel X220d and 187bhp X250d as well as a 163bhp petrol engine in some markets. A 255bhp, 542lb ft V6 diesel will be released in mid-2018. The X220d and X250d 4Matic provide selectable four-wheel drive, while the six-cylinder unit has permanent four-wheel drive. All versions have low-range gearing; a locking rear axle differential is optional.

Mercedes claims excellent off- and on-road performance, the X-Class’s suspension consisting of coil-sprung double wishbones at the front and a coil-sprung, five-link live axle at the rear. Long spring travel, good articulation and precise wheel control are features, along with ‘a high level of driving dynamics and ride comfort on the road’. The X-Class’s driving character can be altered via Dynamic Select option providing comfort, ECO, sport, manual and off-road choices.

Volker Morningweg, head of vans, says Mercedes feels "It's the right time to launch a premium pick-up. We've put a lot of effort into this." Target models, though not premium, are Toyota Hilux - 'a solid product' - and the Ford Ranger. "We investigated both of these. We're new to this segment, so we have to be considered. Our clear target was excellent refinement - this is more a lifestyle oriented pick-up. It's not a basic workhorse.' It will be built in Spain, alongside the Nissan Navara and Cordoba, Argentina.

Pick-ups are mostly about carrying loads, and the X-Class can carry up to 1042kg – similar to that of mainstream competitors such as the Mitsubishi L200, Toyota Hilux and Nissan Navarra. The load bed length is 1587mm, its width 1560mm and height (to the top of the loadbed walls) 474mm. The X-Class will tow a 3.5 tonne load equivalent to a three-berth horsebox or an 8m yacht. It’s slightly wider than its competitors, and also has the longest wheelbase in the class.

Load securing points are also standard, these becoming load-securing rails on higher trim levels. Typical pick-up options include a styled body-colour rear canopy, a plastic load-bed liner, a bed-divider system, soft and hard tonneau covers, an aluminium roll-top cover, a 156-litre storage box, running boards, a roll-over hoop and a three-piece detachable stainless steel underguard.

Less typical of a pick-up are Active Brake Assist, Lane Keeping Assist and Traffic Sign Assist, along with a connectivity app that enables users to remotely locate the vehicle, check its fuel level and navigate from door-to-door via a smartphone. Also unusual is a higher standard of in-cab finish than typically found aboard pick-up trucks. Mercedes’ Comand infotainment and 360-degree cameras are also options.

We've taken a ride in the X-Class - here's what we thought

In 12 minutes, we enthusiastically attacked a race track, performed standing starts on super-steep hills, effortlessly descended them, traversed a set of moguls that got wheels dangling, clambered over boulders and through a water splash, before riding a bank of earth that tilted this Mercedes 42 degrees from the horizontal. At that angle an occupant sitting on the low side of the car is almost close enough to the ground to drop a window and pick flowers. At the 50 degree tilt that is this pick-up’s tip limit, it would certainly be possible. So that’s impressive.

So is the X-Class’s aura of robustness, and the basic pliancy of its suspension over rough stuff, which is supple enough to cushion sharp jolts effectively. Suspension articulation seems promising too, the succession of earth hillocks that compress the front-left, rear-right, front-right, rear-left springs alternately being taller obstacles than most drivers would tackle. The steep hill from a standing start is no trouble in this X250d automatic either, the task further eased by a hill-holder.

The return to level earth is hill descent controlled, the drop notable for the lack of clack from the ABS actuators. Refinement has been an important aspect of the X-Trail’s development, Mercedes clearly needing to set higher standards than both the Nissan Navara and Renault Alaskan that share much of its innards, as well as rivals such as the VW Amarok. In fact, the Renault-sourced diesel is more rattlingly vocal than you’d expect, though mostly when revved. Otherwise, the X-Class does have much of a car’s civility.

It’s definitely less car-like on a track, unsurprisingly, bodyroll and rear-end tyre squeal accompanying a trip towards the grip limits. But we’re probably travelling faster than you would in most pick-ups, and on this smooth track, it feels controlled. Whether the manners of this Mercedes crew cab improve on the Navarra’s sufficiently to warrant a sizeable price difference we’ll need some testing to reveal. But the promise is there.

https://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/new-cars/mercedes-benz-reveals-plush-x-class-pick-passenger-ride
 

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MERCEDES-BENZ X-CLASS IS ‘APPALLING’, SAYS BMW EXEC

A high-ranking BMW executive has taken aim at Mercedes-Benz’s luxury bakkie, describing the Stuttgart automaker’s X-Class as “appalling” and a “disappointment”.

Speaking to motoring.com.au, Hendrik von Kuenheim, who currently serves as the BMW Group’s senior vice-president for the Asia, Pacific and South Africa region, said that Mercedes could “do better”.

“When you look now at our German competitor from Stuttgart I think that product [the X-Class] is appalling. You would have expected something more serious. I saw that car [the concept version] in Geneva and was actually disappointed. Very disappointed,” Von Kuenheim said, according to the Australian publication.

“They can do better … they build fantastic cars, but this one was a disappointment,” he added.

Set to be introduced to the South African market in the second quarter of 2018, the X-Class is built on the Nissan Navara platform thanks to Mercedes-Benz’s deal with the Renault-Nissan Alliance.

Interestingly, the executive – who previously headed up BMW Motorrad after holding various positions in markets such as Canada, Spain and Australia – confirmed that the Munich-based automaker was itself investigating the possibility of creating a luxury pick-up.

“I am well aware that BMW engineers have looked into the detail of what it takes. I personally believe, having been in Australia for more than three years, that there is room for a luxury ute, which is not there at this point in time,” he said.

“I believe our company could play a crucial role to fulfil that particular niche, but it’s a question of time when this will actually happen. For me it is crystal clear: if the market goes to an SUV share of 60 or 70%, then there is also space for a ute,” he told motoring.com.au.

Of course, this is not the first time a rival German firm has taken a swipe at the X-Class, with a VW executive last year branding the concept “over-hyped” and another predicting it would be little more than “a very expensive Nissan“.

http://www.carmag.co.za/news_post/mercedes-benz-x-class-is-appalling-says-bmw-exec/
 

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A high-ranking BMW executive has taken aim at Mercedes-Benz’s luxury bakkie, describing the Stuttgart automaker’s X-Class as “appalling” and a “disappointment”. Speaking to motoring.com.au, Hendrik von Kuenheim, who currently serves as the BMW Group’s senior vice-president for the Asia, Pacific and South Africa region, said that Mercedes could “do better”.

“When you look now at our German competitor from Stuttgart I think that product [the X-Class] is appalling. You would have expected something more serious. I saw that car [the concept version] in Geneva and was actually disappointed. Very disappointed,” Von Kuenheim said, according to the Australian publication.

“They can do better … they build fantastic cars, but this one was a disappointment,” he added.
Indeed.
 

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Mercedes-Benz releases strange new X-Class advert…

With the international media launch of the new Mercedes-Benz X-Class just around the corner, the Stuttgart-based automaker has released a new – rather strange, from our point of view – advertisement for its double-cab bakkie.

The new X-Class is expected to be introduced to the South African market in the second quarter of 2018.

The commercial, uploaded to the German brand’s YouTube channel, is entitled simply “Follow”.

It shows the new bakkie – which is based on Nissan’s Navara platform – being chased over all sorts of terrain by everything from rhinos and ice-hockey players to a bizarre, furry creature with protruding bottom teeth (Monsters, Inc., anyone?).

Colour us confused…

http://www.carmag.co.za/video_post/mercedes-benz-releases-strange-new-x-class-advert/

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How Expensive We Could Spec An X-Class (In Germany)

While Mercedes-Benz South Africa has yet to put its X-Class configurator online, its counterparts over in Germany have. So, for a bit of fun, we decided to see just how expensive we could make the current range-topper.

Of course, bear in mind that the flagship V6 model will not be available at launch, and is thus not included in the German configurator. We were therefore forced to build our posh double-cab bakkie using the X250d 4Matic Power Edition – currently the most expensive variant in the country’s seven-model range, with a fairly generous standard equipment list – as a base.

For the record, the (Navara-based) X250d uses Nissan’s 2,3-litre four-cylinder turbodiesel engine, sending 140 kW and 450 N.m to all four wheels.

So, just how expensive could we make this derivative, which bears a base price in Germany of €47 190 (about R763 105 at the current exchange rate), including the country’s 19% VAT? Well, we added as much optional equipment and as many accessories as we could, taking the final price to €57 665,57 (that’s R931 876,25). This, however, excludes charges for the fitment of said accessories.

So, what did we get for our circa-€10 000? Well, we added a handful of packages (such as the theft protection package, the parking package with 360-degree camera and the winter package), before upgrading to 19-inch six-spoke alloys.

We also added a differential lock on the rear axle, increased ground clearance (something we already know will be standard on all SA-spec models), a full-size spare wheel and a trailer coupling. Inside, we specified swathes of wood trim, the smoker’s package, digital radio and an extinguisher, because, well, you just never know.

Our chosen accessories included a full, body-colour canopy, as well as a separation system, lashing rails and weather-resistant liner for the load bay. Lastly, we specified under-body protection for the engine, transmission and exhaust system.

While this was all just for a bit of fun (and certainly no reliable indication of local pricing), it’ll be very interesting to see what sort of price-tags Mercedes-Benz SA comes up with when the X-Class bakkie lands on local shores in the second quarter of 2018…

http://www.carmag.co.za/news_post/how-expensive-we-could-spec-an-x-class-in-germany/
 

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Mercedes-Benz SA bound X-Class driven in Chile: Putting the X-factor in bakkie
Mercedes-Benz unveiled its X-Class bakkie at a global debut in Cape Town earlier in July. Now, the automaker has launched it's next-generation bakkie in Chile.

Wheels24's Sergio Davids is currently at the international launch and shares his impressions. Look out for more information later in the week.

'A unique product'

Mercedes-Benz has raised the bar in the utility market by creating a unique product – the world’s first premium bakkie. It says a lot about South Africa’s love of bakkies that the arrival of the new X-Class is so highly anticipated. Ever since the concept first made its debut, SA fans have been eager to get to grips with Mercedes’ next-generation pick-up.

It combines the comforts of a Mercedes-badged sedan with the practicality of the German automaker’s SUVs, resulting in a vehicle that’s as capable as a lifestyle model as it is taking on theoutdoors.

The X-Class is a game-changer and represents the future of bakkies in an ever- growing market. I'd be curious to see whether any rival will follow suit.

Not a Navara!

And no, it’s not a ‘Navara with Mascara’… Mercedes is adamant that although the two bakkies share DNA they are vastly different. The X-class has a stiffened chassis, wider body, retuned suspension, infinitely better-equipped interior and vastly better cabin insulation. That being said the four-cylinder variants of the X-Class will use Nissan/Renault engines and transmissions, not to mention the X-Class is built at a Nissan factory alongside the Navara.

What’s it like to drive?

In short, Mercedes-Benz gave its engineers a brief to build a supremly comfortable ride that belies the vehicle's size, and they’ve nailed it, it’s the most car-like bakkie you’ll drive yet. It’s superbly comfortable on the road delivering a ride that’s as smooth as the automaker’s sedans, though you’re acutely aware of its prodigious dimensions and weight especially when cornering. Gear shifts are slick, body roll is negligible and overall it's a great offering.


In terms of performance, the four-cylinder X 250d (140kW/450Nm) is adequate given the sheer weight it has to haul. Mated to an auto box it’s a casual, albeit refined, performer and for most it will suffice. At low speeds in traffic, it's as quiet as a C-Class as the diesel brom is barely evident. Its light steering is a boon around city streets.

Taking on the sweeping, rugged mountain passes of Santiago, Chile makes you realise the full potential of the X-Class - it’s a luxury lifestyle vehicle that happens to have a load bay. Whether you're piling surfboards in the rear headed for the beach or hauling mountain bikes for an off-road adventure, the X-Class can meet any lifestyle need. Mercedes calls it a "pick-up for the 21st century" and that's exactly what it is, an ultra modern next-gen bakkie.

What about performing workhorse duties? Given its projected price point and positioning, it’s unlikely you’ll find many of these premium pick-ups relegated to warehouses and farms in SA.

Inside, the cabin has all the trimmings and luxury you’d expect from Mercedes, with many elements borrowed from the automaker’s sedans and SUVs (eg floating air vents, pop-out touch screen). Overall it's a great environment to be in with ample space for all passengers. Then there's the tech. Mercedes-Benz has packed its pick-up with the full arsenal of its advanced safety systems and the X-Class benifits from the latest app technology - Mercedes Me. It's an app that allows drivers to acccess information about their bakkie (i.e servicing, status etc.) via a smartphone, you can even locate it remotely.

There are however elements that speak to its utility focus; harsh, plastic surfaces, utilitarian mats, a simple gearshift lever as well as a serious down grade to its key-fob (it belongs to the Navara!).

The design however is outstanding; it’s possibly one the best-looking bakkies on the market. Sure, there are similarities with the Navara but the X-Class has by and large a unique design. The front-end has an aggresive stance with huge chromed-slats and massive LEDs. The rear however is pedestrian in comparision while in profile it has a great silhouette, easily recognisable as something special.

Given its premium status and South African fondness for purchasing off-roaders for sole purpose of mounting curbs rather than mountains, I wonder whether the X-Class might be fated to remain within confines of local cities. Would you risk scratching your Mercedes bakkie?

http://www.wheels24.co.za/OffRoad_a...in-chile-everything-you-need-to-know-20171023
 

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X-Class: A REAL Mercedes? First drive review! - CarAdvice.com

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