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

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MERCEDES-BENZ SAYS X-CLASS ‘DESERVES’ PREMIUM PRICE

Although we’ve yet to learn local pricing for the new Mercedes-Benz X-Class, the German brand has already said that its double-cab bakkie “deserves” its expected premium price.

Speaking to CarAdvice, Christian Pohl, the Stuttgart-based automaker’s head of product and marketing for the X-Class, said that the new bakkie would “offer extra little things” over competitors, including the Nissan Navara on which it is based and the Volkswagen Amarok against which it was reportedly benchmarked.

“We have a brand-specific premium against the Amarok, but we won’t price ourselves out of the market,” Pohl told the Australian publication.

“We are being humble while we are self-confident about the product. We know we are last in segment, we know how competitive it is. As a luxury brand, you have to offer extra little things. I think it [the X-Class] deserves a premium.

“We’re not arrogant and believe we can do everything better, but there’s a quality-to-price ratio – and we were looking at that when we developed the vehicle.”

The X-Class is scheduled to launch on local shores in the second quarter of 2018, with two common-rail turbodiesel engines (the single-turbo 2,3-litre in the X220d and the bi-turbo version in the X250d) likely to be offered. A petrol engine set to be available in some markets won’t come to South Africa (it will be built in left-hand-drive guise only), while the flagship V6 diesel is set to be released internationally in mid-2018.

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DRIVEN: Mercedes-Benz X250d 4Matic Power

Mercedes-Benz has never been one to shy away from exploring unchartered segments, or simply creating new ones. But it’s been brave this time. The X-Class leisure double cab enters a fiercely competitive local sector ruled by two bruiser bakkies: the Hilux and Ranger vie for sales honours as the rest of the competition is left floundering.

Sure, the Volkswagen Amarok posts commendable figures considering it’s available only in high-spec, high-price derivatives – and I’m mentioning the Volkswagen because it will function as a yardstick for the X-Class – but they’re still minuscule compared with the number of Fords and Toyotas that are snapped up. The Nissan Navara (which forms the basis of the X-Class; read more about how they compare here), Mitsubishi Triton, Fiat Fullback and Mazda BT-50, meanwhile, have failed to make inroads.

Some background…

Mercedes-Benz has a share agreement with the Renault-Nissan Alliance that’s been in place for many years. Some of the fruits of that partnership include powertrain sharing (such as the 1,6-litre turbopetrol used in a number of Benzes, including the C180), the GLA that served as a base for the Infiniti Q30, and the Smart ForTwo/ForFour and Renault Twingo twins.

The X-Class, however, represents the biggest (and costliest) co-engineering project on which the two companies have worked. First there was the Navara, which was then taken by Benz and reworked into the X-Class. The third part of this equation is the Renault Alaskan, which, like the X-Class, will debut in South Africa in the second quarter of 2018 (click here for a driving impression).

Speaking to Mercedes-Benz experts at the international launch in Chile, it was clear, however, that the X-Class isn’t simply a reskinned Navara. The raft of changes under the new bodywork includes strengthening the Nissan’s ladder-frame chassis in key areas, tweaking the damping, and altering the kinematics of the suspension (the attachment points for the multilink rear have been moved, for example). The German brand also claims to have added its own front and rear axles (the tracks are 62 and 55 mm wider than the Navara’s), quickened the hydraulic steering (the ratio is now 3,5 turns lock to lock) and revised sound deadening around the transmission tunnel and firewall.

Furthermore, it fiddled with the 2,3-litre biturbo-diesel used in the X250d in an attempt to improve NVH levels, and worked on the seven-speed torque-converter transmission, plus swapped the Nissan’s drum brakes at the rear for ventilated discs. All this comes at a cost, however; one Mercedes-Benz employee admitted the X-Class is quite a bit heavier than the Navara.

Right, what’s it like to look at and sit in?

You surely would have made up your own mind by now on the styling, but let me say that pictures don’t do the vehicle justice. In the flesh, that dual-bar grille looks more assertive and the rear-end understated rather than simply dull. That said, you need the chrome trim of the Power model to enliven the front-end – Pure and Progressive models employ more black plastic that, rather than appearing functional, can look a touch cheap. Alloy-wheel sizes span 17 to 19 inches depending on the model (the entry-level Pure has steel wheels), and X-Classes are fitted with road-biased tyres. The only obvious spot where the Navara peeks through is the rising shoulderline on the rear doors.

Click the unlock button on the Nissan keyfob (how expensive can it be to pair a Mercedes-Benz key to the electronics?), tug the Nissan door handle, grab a sturdy handle mounted on the cloth-covered and padded A-pillar (only on the Power) and lift yourself into what is clearly a Mercedes-Benz cabin. Yes, the climate controls and switches for the off-road bits and bobs are shared, but that’s where the obvious similarities end. There’s Benz’s familiar Comand system operated on a 8,4-inch colour screen, neat instrumentation and solid-feeling air vents.

Quality throughout feels good, but no better than the Amarok or Hilux’s unless you add the optional stitched dashboard top and doors. Without this feature, the doors are completely covered in hard plastic (some padding on the armrests would have been nice). Storage space is limited and it’s unfortunate that the lovely Benz steering wheel is adjustable only for rake, leaving it a little too far away from taller drivers. The seats, however, are comfortable and electrically adjustable as standard on this flagship Power spec.

Jump in the back and the same space issues that plague the Nissan are present here, too. In order to create a more natural seating position, the squabs have been raised, but unfortunately that also means that taller folk will struggle with headroom. I measure 1,84 metres tall and my hair brushed the rooflining and my knees touched the driver’s seat that was set to my position. There’s no doubt an Amarok and Ranger are more capacious. A neat touch at the back is vents piping air from the climate-control system.

And on the road (and off it)?

Here’s where the big Benz bakkie starts to claw back some points. Already a solid package in the Navara, the 2,3-litre engine develops a stout 140 kW at 3 750 r/min and 450 N.m on a plateau spanning 1 500 to 2 500 r/min. As mentioned, it’s coupled with Nissan’s seven-speed torque-converter driving the rear wheels until the driver toggles the centre console-mounted switch to 4H or 4L.

Whereas Nissan’s application of this engine becomes rowdy as the revs rise, Benz’s efforts to subdue the clatter and lessen vibration have paid dividends. Never intrusive even when extended into the upper regions of its rev range, the 2,3-litre also works well with the transmission, shifting smoothly and intuitively. That the engine doesn’t feel especially potent, however, points to the X-Class’ weight gain. That said, overtaking was never an issue and the vehicle cruised comfortably and quietly on Chile’s smooth highways. Mercedes claims the X-Class is as quiet as its smaller passenger cars; that might be a stretch, but subjectively it has the measure of the Amarok.

The ride, too, is good, but perhaps not quite as composed as you’d expect from a vehicle riding on coil springs aft rather than the more common leaf springs. Our test vehicle rode on 18-inch wheels wrapped in 255/60 tyres, which provided sufficient cushioning from sharp ridges, but the engineers have not been able to eliminate the persistent jiggle that plagues all ladder-framed vehicles. Ironically, the X-Class feels like a Benz in this regard: firm, controlled ride at city speeds that gives way to better comfort on the highway.

We took it off-road, too, but seeing as my Audi Q2 long-termer would have been able to conquer most of the mild course, I learnt very little other than 4h and low-range engage almost immediately, that hill-descent control works very well and that 222 mm of ground clearance is sufficient (the off-road suspension option, which will be standard in SA).

So, what will it cost?

I have no idea. The local Mercedes-Benz representative who accompanied us on the launch wouldn’t budge. However, judging by conversations with other Benz staffers, a fair guess would be that this X250d Power will closely match the price of an Amarok 3,0 TDI V6 Highline. The X350d, with its Mercedes-Benz engine and transmission, and 190 kW and 580 N.m, should be the first bakkie to butt up against, or breach, the R1-million mark.

There’ll be cheaper X-Class derivatives, of course, starting with the X220d in Pure trim, and some variants will come with the option of a six-speed manual transmission.

To conclude, the X-Class is an impressive product, but perhaps not the knockout I was expecting. Ultimately, some of its shortcomings can be credited to Nissan, chief of which is the somewhat cramped rear seat. Others, such as trim quality that’s no better than rivals’, is Benz’s doing. However, in most aspects, the vehicle is either on par with its main competition, or betters them.

The clincher will be price. If Mercedes-Benz South Africa succeeds in bringing in the X at class-competitive pricing (i.e. what the Amarok costs, but with a slight adjustment upwards to factor in the more desirable badge and likely better spec on the Power model), it has all the tools at its disposal to succeed. I can’t wait to see how the die-hard bakkie fraternity responds to it…

Mercedes-Benz X-Class
Fast facts

Model: Mercedes-Benz X250d Power 7G-tronic
Price: TBC
Engine: 2,3-litre, 4-cyl, biturbo-diesel
Power: 140 kW @ 3 750 r/min
Torque: 450 N.m @ 1 500-2 500 r/min
0-100 km/h: 11,8 seconds
Top Speed: 175
Fuel Consumption: 7,9 L/100 km
CO2: 207
Transmission: seven-speed automatic transmission
Maintenance Plan: six years/100 000 km

http://www.carmag.co.za/driving_impression/driven-mercedes-benz-x250d-4matic-power/

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Mercedes-Benz X-Class (2018) International Launch Review

When is it coming and what spec?

The million Rand questions have to be answered promptly! The first Mercedes-Benz X-Class units will be arriving in South Africa in Q2 of 2018, with a flagship V6 model estimated to arrive at the end of next year. As it stands, we'll be getting the following derivatives: Pure, which is essentially a workhorse; Progressive which combines lifestyle and work, and Power which is the high-end flagship trim level.

Mercedes-Benz is also putting together a comprehensive accessories catalogue together, comprising styling bar, tonneau covers, canopies and the like. As for pricing, Mercedes-Benz is still exceptionally cagey about how much its X-Class will cost when it comes to South Africa, so we'll just have to wait for the new year. Dare we speculate? Why not! We predict that the flagship Mercedes-Benz X-Class will breach the R1 million barrier, or at least come very close. While some will wince at that price tag, we'd just like to point out that Mercedes-Benz SA already has a queue of customers who have already put down deposits.

https://www.cars.co.za/motoring_news/mercedes-benz-x-class-2018-international-launch-review/44114/
 

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Drive.com.au first drive review

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Mercedes ‘Looking Into’ X-Class AMG Styling Pack

While Mercedes-Benz has already made it crystal clear than a V8-powered AMG version of its X-Class is not on the cards, it has conceded that it is considering introducing an AMG styling package for the double-cab bakkie some time in the future.

Speaking to Drive, Christian Pohl, head of product management and marketing for the X-Class, reiterated that there were no plans to drop Affalterbach’s angry 4,0-litre twin-turbo V8 into the new bakkie.

“An AMG version with an AMG engine is at the moment [not under] discussion. I really don’t think we should think about a V8 in the pickup at the moment – it would not make sense,” Pohl told the Australian publication.

Pohl added that the 3,0-litre twin-turbo V6 petrol unit used in the 43-badged AMG passenger vehicles was likewise not a fit for the X-Class.

“It’s also actually the wrong engine for that kind of vehicle. At the moment we’re not discussing an AMG version with AMG,” he said.

However, the Stuttgart executive did concede that the brand was “looking into” developing an AMG styling package for the bakkie.

“Of course, we’re looking into styling pack, but it’s definitely not coming in the next two years. We have to actually see how the reaction of the market is towards some styling kits.”

http://www.carmag.co.za/news_post/mercedes-looking-into-x-class-amg-styling-pack/
 

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We drive Merc’s hotly anticipated X-Class bakkie

After a shock announcement in 2015 that it would build a luxury double-cab, followed by two years’ worth of follow-up announcements, concept reveals and frustrating passenger-ride events, Mercedes has finally let media drive its new X-Class pickup.

The big question on everyone’s lips ahead of this week’s test drive in South America, was if the bakkie comes infused with enough German DNA to differentiate it from its Nissan-based underpinnings, or if it drives like the dolled-up Navara it essentially is. The answer, as it turns out, is a tricky one.

There’s no doubting the effort put into the cabin, where the look and feel is unmistakably Mercedes-Benz in flavour.

It’s all very C-Class inside, and except for some butcher styling accents in the X-shaped vents, a broader dash fascia and an old-school mechanical gear lever protruding from the centre console, most of the furnishings look straight out of Merc’s passenger car catalogue.

Customisation plays a big part in elevating the X-Class above its most direct Hilux, Ranger and Amarok competitors, and unlike those bakkies this one comes with a wide selection of six upholstery options, two headliners (beige or black) and three dashboard themes (woodgrain, flat black or aluminium).

If the Navara didn’t exist you’d be hard pressed to know the X comes from Japanese stock, so well disguised is the interior.

That said, it’s easy to spot some unashamedly Nissan-supplied switchgear scattered around.

The four-wheel drive selector dial, seat heating controls and 12v power sockets stand out quite clearly against Merc’s fancy console-mounted Comand touch controller, polished aluminium surfaces and tablet-like infotainment dash-topper.

Countless changes have been made under the skin too, and at the media event we were repeatedly reminded of alterations made to the Navara platform to better suit Merc’s needs.

The chassis has been strengthened in strategic places, suspension and body mountings are adapted, the hydraulic steering rack has a (slightly) quicker ratio and the Nissan’s rear drums are replaced with disc brakes.

Haul out the tape measure and you’ll also find the X’s front and rear tracks are 62 and 55mm wider than the Navara’s respectively.

So, does all this make a difference in the way it drives?

A bit, but not really.

If anything, Merc’s attempt to make the X-Class a more dynamic handler has hurt rather than helped.

Or at least it has for those who intend on venturing out of suburbia.

The Navara’s claim-to-fame coil spring (instead of leaf) back suspension still plays a starring role here, and it soaks up bigger bumps quite nicely, but the firmer springs and Mercedes-specific damper settings give the X-Class a nervous ride over anything less than pristine road surfaces.

It would certainly be the more fun bakkie to throw around on a twisty mountain pass, but on rough roads or gravel the jittery ride can be bothersome, to the point it was almost uncomfortable over our 400km Chilean journey.

Thankfully a very well insulated cabin redeems the poor ride quality to an extent.

It’s also interesting to note that Europe’s standard specification 202mm ground clearance, and higher-riding 222mm optional raised suspension have been swapped around for the South African and Australian markets.

We’ll get the higher version in standard trim with the no-cost lower ride available optionally.

For those planning to put the X to work, it gets a 1067kg payload and maximum 3.5 ton (depending on engine) towing capacity.

Peaky engine

Of the four engine choices which will come online before the end of next year, our test drive was limited to the very same 2.3-litre bi-turbodiesel as you’ll get in a Navara with the same 140kW/450Nm outputs.

Mercedes says it’s retuned the mapping to give the engine a different power delivery “feel”, but I can’t say I felt the difference.

Even the seven-speed auto gearbox performed pretty much identically.

Power in this model is adequate, but as with the Navara, it’ll get a serious hiding from SA’s meanest double-cabs like the 3.2 Ranger and new 3.0 V6 Amarok.

Merc’s bakkie is a decent cruiser, and its somewhat clattery engine note settles down after pulloff, but it’s a bit huffy and puffy when asked for overtaking moves. It’s a peaky engine, and though the oomph is there, it’s sometimes hard to access what’s on offer thanks to its dull throttle response and hunty gearbox.

Mercedes-Benz South Africa can’t yet confirm which engines will make it our way next year, but it’s safe to assume we’ll get the full range given we’re a core market for X-Class.

This means a base X200 with a naturally aspirated 122kW/238Nm Renault/Nissan alliance-sourced naturally aspirated 2.4 petrol, a 120kW/403Nm X200d with a single turbo version of the Nissan 2.3 diesel, and the aforementioned biturbodiesel known as the X250d.

All will come with choices of seven-speed auto or six-speed manual gearboxes, and rear- or four-wheel drivetrains.

V6 power coming later

Later in the year a range-topping X350d will land with Merc’s own 3-litre turbodiesel pushing 190kW and 550Nm, and putting those flagship Fords and VWs to the test in terms of sheer grunt. This one comes with full-time four-wheel drive, and Merc’s 7G-Tronic autobox which is not the same seven-speeder as in lower derivatives.

Three spec levels will include base Pure, mid-level Progressive and top-of-the-line Power trim lines.

Pure means 17” steel wheels with unpainted black bumpers, cloth seats, plastic flooring and a smaller 17.8cm colour multimedia display.

Progressive adds alloy wheels, carpets, painted bumpers, a bigger 21.3cm screen, leather steering wheel and handbrake, and some extra chrome bits. The Power gets man-made leather, navigation, LED lights, and dual-zone climate control among others.

Expect plenty of optional extras including surround view cameras, electric sliding back windows, parking sensors, canopies, roll bars, side steps, hard and soft bed covers, tow bars, diff locks and wheel designs up to 19”.

We’ll have to wait until closer to the X-Class’s April launch for prices

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X-Class & the rival double cabs it needs to beat

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 in the middle of 2017 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 the second quarter of 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. This flagship offering will be permanent all-wheel drive. In terms of gearboxes, 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.


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.

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Mercedes-Benz X-Class: Reality VS Concept

The Mercedes-Benz X-Class has been launched and we've driven the production version. However, when compared to the outrageously wonderful concepts, the Mercedes-Benz X-Class looks quite tame. We take a look at the visual differences.

The Mercedes-Benz X-Class bakkie impressed us with its refinement and improvement over the Nissan Navara upon which it is based. However, the looks have polarised our readers and many have suggested that the concept is what we really wanted. We first saw the Mercedes-Benz X-Class Pickup Concept in 2016, at an event in Stockholm, Sweden, and we were blown away by its badass looks and proportions. However, fast-forward back to 2017 and the real thing doesn't quite have that visual impact. Sure, concept cars are generally over-the-top, but in comparison, the production version looks meek in comparison.

What's the Mercedes-Benz like to drive? Read our launch review here

The rear of the production-spec Mercedes-Benz X-Class has drawn a lot of criticism. When you look at the concept with its ruggedised tailgate, you can see why.

The concept's big alloy wheels look amazing, but they've been swopped for far more sensible and rugged all-terrain tyres on the production model

The concept's cabin looks exceptionally luxurious and when translated to production reality, retains a fair amount of premium look and feel. Cleverly, a lot of the Nissan switches have been repositioned in the X-Class, which separates it from the Navara.

The only thing these two vehicles share is the Limonite colour scheme. The concept looks tough and ready to conquer the Dakar Rally. You can bet that Mercedes-Benz will offer some sort of hardcore offroad visual kit in the near future.

https://www.cars.co.za/motoring_news/mercedes-benz-x-class-reality-vs-concept/44140/

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Mercedes-Benz X-Class 2017 review

Should I buy one?

The X-Class is the closet pickup yet to blend working abilities with car-like comfort. More could undoubtedly have been done to push its premium aspirations, but Mercedes has styled and honed it sufficiently to differentiate it from the Navara.

Although priced from £27,310 (excluding VAT, as it’s a commercial vehicle) for an X-Class Pure, the more representative price for the well-specced Power trim is £34,100 (nearly £41,000 including VAT), which makes it £3,600 more than a similar Volkswagen Amarok and £6,500 more than a Navara.

Of course, the X250d is only the beginning of the story; the main event will be the X350d V6. Only then will the X-Class truly come into its own.

Mercedes-Benz X-Class X250d 4Matic Power

Where Santiago, Chile; On sale Now; Price £40,920; Engine 4 cyls, 2298cc, turbocharged diesel; Power 187bhp at 3750rpm; Torque 332lb ft at 1500-2500rpm; Gearbox 7-spd automatic; Kerbweight 2234kg; Top speed 112mph; 0-62mph 11.8sec; Fuel economy 36.7mpg ; CO2 rating 207g/km; Rivals Volkswagen Amarok, Nissan Navara, Ford Ranger

https://www.autocar.co.uk/car-revie...irst-drives/mercedes-benz-x-class-2017-review

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VW Exec Takes Swing At ‘Polarising’ Mercedes X-Class

A Volkswagen Australia executive has taken a swipe at the Mercedes-Benz X-Class, quipping that it is “very difficult to disguise a Nissan Navara”.

The Stuttgart-based automaker’s new double-cab bakkie is, of course, based on the Navara (compare the two side-by-side here), and is even built alongside the Japanese pick-up by Renault-Nissan.

Paul Pottinger, VW Australia’s corporate communications chief, took a swipe at the new bakkie after viewing it at the recent Frankfurt Motor Show.

“It’s very difficult to disguise a Nissan Navara,” Pottinger told motoring.com.au.

Pottinger went on to suggest that most consumers would see through the marketing (Mercedes-Benz has already said that the X-Class “deserves” its premium price).

“If I was a buyer I might be surprised [with the quality of the X-Class]. When a Mercedes-Benz owner opens the door and sees Nissan hinges, the game might be up,” he told the Australian publication.

Pottinger did, however, admit he was “very interested” to see how the X-Class would fare, what with the upcoming V6-powered model seemingly taking direct aim at the Amarok V6.

“I won’t give an opinion on the styling [of the X-Class], but I think it perhaps could be a polarising design,” he added.

Of course, this isn’t the first time a VW executive from Down Under has taken a potshot at the X-Class, with one earlier billing it as nothing more than a “very expensive Nissan” and another branding it an “over-hyped concept”. A BMW official, too, recently called the X-Class “appalling”.

http://www.carmag.co.za/news_post/vw-exec-takes-swing-at-polarising-mercedes-x-class/
 

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X-Class: Mercedes On Why It Teamed Up With Nissan

It’s no secret that the new Mercedes-Benz X-Class shares its underpinnings with the Nissan Navara. But why exactly did the Stuttgart-based automaker choose to work with the Japanese automaker on its first double-cab bakkie?

Well, Mercedes-Benz Vans chief Volker Mornhinweg told Automotive News Europe that there were two major reasons behind the partnership, after emphasising that it was “perfectly normal in the vans business to work together because we don’t have the same scale effects as in passenger cars”.

“If you want a product to be global, it helps to have a partner with production plants on different continents with whom you can share capacity,” Mornhinweg told the publication, referring to the Renault-Nissan Alliance’s factories in Argentina and Spain.

“After realising there was the potential for such a product, we wanted to be very fast to market. That’s why we decided to partner with Nissan, which also has more than 80 years of experience in the segment,” he added.

“Nonetheless, we made no concessions; the vehicle is specified to the demands of our customers.”

Mornhinweg added that the needs of pick-up customers had changed over the past few years.

“Not every customer takes them into the wilderness anymore. We believe pick-ups could go in a similar direction. And when we presented the vehicle in South Africa, I remember experiencing a response that was overwhelmingly positive. We had customers who immediately wanted to order it, down payments and all.”

But is there space for a posh bakkie?

“Yes, we think there is room for a premium pick-up. It’s true that some competitors are in the lower segment, but others have moved upmarket in the past few years. The segment is global and it is growing,” he added.

http://www.carmag.co.za/news_post/x-class-mercedes-on-why-it-teamed-up-with-nissan/
 

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WATCH MERCEDES-BENZ X-CLASS UNDERGO CRASH-TEST!

Euro NCAP has released a new batch of safety ratings (see the others here), including for the Mercedes-Benz X-Class double-cab bakkie.

The X-Class managed to score a full five stars – interestingly, one more than the Nissan Navara on which it is based, thanks likely to its extra airbags, automatic emergency braking city function and lane assist system – including an impressive 90% for adult occupant protection.

The model assessed was a left-hand-drive X250d Power derivative, which also scored 87% for child occupant safety (the highest ever from a bakkie), 80% for pedestrian protection and 77% for its safety assistance features (again, the best ever return in the pick-up category).

Euro NCAP reported that the passenger compartment of the X-Class “remained stable” in the frontal offset test, with dummy readings showing “good protection” of the knees and femurs of the driver and passenger.

In the full-width rigid barrier test, protection of the driver and rear passenger was “good or adequate” for all critical parts of the body. In the side barrier impact, protection of all critical body areas was “good”. In the more severe side pole test, protection of the chest was “adequate” and that of other parts of the body was rated as “good”.

Interestingly, the safety authority reported that a “geometric assessment of the rear seats indicated poor whiplash protection”.

In terms of child occupant protection, in the frontal offset test, protection of the chest of the six-year-old dummy was rated as “marginal”, based on chest decelerations. Otherwise, protection of this dummy and the 10-year-old dummy was “good or adequate”.

http://www.carmag.co.za/news_post/watch-mercedes-benz-x-class-undergo-crash-test/

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Mercedes X-Class gets widebody design kit

Prior Design of Germany has treated Mercedes X-Class fans to a new range of accessories, including a widebody exterior design kit.

In addition to widened wheel arches, buyers can opt for a bolder AMG-inspired front bumper, a more prominent rear bumper and a range of alloy wheel designs up to 23-inches in diameter.

With various suspension kits on offer and different tyre options, customers can go for the ground-hugging low-rider effect or opt for a more rugged package with off-road tyres and raised suspension.

A Prior Design exhaust system is also available on request, although there is no mention of any engine mods. It’s only a matter of time before the tuning companies jump on that bandwagon though.

The company mentions an Exclusive Custom Interior that’s available to order, although no pictures or further information was provided on that topic.

The Navara-based X-Class double cab bakkie is set to arrive in South Africa in April 2018, with initial versions powered by Nissan’s 140kW/450Nm 2.3-litre twin-turbo-diesel engine, with a range-topping 190kW/550Nm version featuring Merc’s own 3-litre oil burner scheduled to arrive later in the year.

https://www.iol.co.za/motoring/latest-launches/mercedes-x-class-gets-widebody-design-kit-12350201
 

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Mercedes-Benz X-Class 2017 UK review

Should I buy one?

The test car is priced at £34,100 plus VAT, so a retail customer will pay £40,920. Mercedes has taken 1000 orders so far for the twin-turbocharged 2.3-litre diesel, but around half of potential buyers have indicated that they’ll wait for the V6. The price tag for that is bound to be hefty, but the combination of cool luxury pick-up and sublime V6 diesel should make the X-Class even more compelling.

Mercedes-Benz X-Class X250d Power 4Matic

Where Wales On sale Now Price £34,100 (ex VAT) Engine 4cyl, 2,298cc, twin-turbocharged diesel Power 187bhp at 3750rpm Torque 295lb ft at 1500-2500rpm Gearbox 7-spd automatic Kerbweight 2234kg Top speed 109mph 0-62mph 11.8sec Fuel economy 35.8mpg CO2 207g/km Rivals Volkswagen Amorak, Ford Ranger, Toyota Hilux

https://www.autocar.co.uk/car-revie...t-drives/mercedes-benz-x-class-2017-uk-review

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Mercedes transforms the X-Class pickup into an off-road-ready camper

Mercedes may be better known for luxury cars, but with a lineup of vans and rugged off-roaders like the Unimog and G-Class, the three-pointed star also twinkles from the grille of camping vehicles of every size and style, most notably Marco Polo camper vans. For this month's CMT show, Mercedes is showing a completely new category of camper: the X-Class pickup camper. With help from a couple of German camping vehicle specialists, the X-Class is quite ready to explore the off-beaten path and make camp for a night or few.

As useful as a pickup truck is for work and everyday tasks, it's equally useful for hauling temporary shelter, camping tools and outdoor recreation gear into the wilderness. It's why we see so many Tacoma-based expedition vehicles and camper modules at Overland Expo each year.

Now that Mercedes has a pickup of its own, it's eager to show how it can work as a rugged, capable camper. Its new CMT concepts aren't exactly cutting edge material, since they basically just adapt existing pickup camper solutions to the X-Class, but there's definitely something cool about a Mercedes pickup camper and we look forward to seeing our first out in the wild.

For its most fully equipped X-Class camper concept, Mercedes worked with pickup camper specialist Tischer. The sandwich-walled slide-in Tischer camper aboard the deep-blue X-Class includes a kitchen with three-burner stove, a main bed in the over-cab alcove, a three-person sitting area/convertible bed, and a bathroom with swivel toilet, foldaway sink and shower - not a bad layout for a compact bed-top camper.

More At: https://newatlas.com/mercedes-x-class-camper-concepts/52840/

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Mercedes X-Class Walkaround - Top Gear

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Motor1 UK first drive

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Mercedes-Benz X-Class: V6’s 0-100 km/h time revealed

Mercedes-Benz has revealed more details about its new X350d flagship bakkie.

Mercedes-Benz has released fresh details (including the double-cab’s claimed 0-100 km/h time) about its V6-powered X-Class bakkie ahead of the X350d 4Matic’s public debut at the Geneva International Motor Show.

Developing 190 kW and 550 N.m (the latter between 1 400 and 3 200 r/min) from its 3,0-litre, six-cylinder diesel heart, Mercedes says its flagship X-Class will sprint from standstill to 100 km/h in 7,9 seconds, before topping out at 205 km/h.

That makes the Navara-based double-cab bakkie a tenth of a second quicker to three figures than the 165 kW Volkswagen Amarok V6 (although we achieved a time of 7,82 seconds on our test strip), with a 12 km/h higher claimed top speed.

Mercedes-Benz X-Class As standard, the X350d will be equipped with a seven-speed automatic transmission, complete with shift paddles. Claimed combined fuel consumption comes in at 9,0 L/100 km.

The Dynamic Select system will ship standard on the V6 model, complete with five driving modes: comfort, eco, sport, manual and off-road. The permanent all-wheel-drive system with low-range reduction gear will be offered with an optional rear axle locking differential. Three different all-wheel-drive modes will be available: 4Mat, 4H and 4L.

Mercedes says it has expanded its range of accessories for this model, with items such as three new alloy designs, a sports bar, a rollcover in black and a softcover now on the list.

http://www.carmag.co.za/news_post/mercedes-benz-x-class-v6s-0-100-kmh-time-revealed/

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