Mercedes-Benz has unveiled pricing for its top-of-line X-Class bakkie, the X350d V6 4×4 Power.
The company also revealed pricing for the slightly cheaper V6 model, the X350d Progressive.
Both models produce 190kW of power, have automatic transmissions, and 4×4 drive – and are priced as follows:
- X-Class Progressive V6 4×4 – R904,188
- X-Class Power V6 4×4 – R973,188
Following the unveiling of the pricing for the V6 X-Class, the first question South African readers asked was: “Can it beat a Toyota Hilux?”
Hilux vs X-Class
The Toyota Hilux, particularly the double-cab bakkie, is an icon in South Africa and the choice of many off-road users.
The Hilux has been around for much longer than the X-Class, although it may be argued that the Mercedes-Benz bakkie is more than a utilitarian vehicle and is not a direct competitor.
With its German pedigree, Mercedes-Benz badge, and high price tag, the X-Class not only fills the 4×4 role, but is a luxury vehicle with status attached to it.
Nonetheless, to see how the two V6 X-Class models compare against the top-of-the-range Hilux double-cabs, we have detailed their pricing and specifications in the table below.
As you can see, the bakkies deliver similar power, towing, and load-carrying capabilities.
The X-Class has slightly more power and torque, and a higher payload rating, but all can tow 3 tonnes (braked).
All the vehicles offer automatic transmission, while the Hilux – in its Raider variant – is available in either petrol or diesel. The X-Class is only available in diesel.
Where the differences really come into play, however, is price.
The Hilux is substantially cheaper than the X-Class and users can save over R300,000 if they opt for the Toyota bakkie instead of the Mercedes-Benz model.
|X-Class vs Hilux|
|Vehicle||X-Class X350d V6 Progressive||X-Class X350d V6 Power||Hilux 2.8 GD-6 Raider||Hilux 4.0 V6 4×4 Raider|
|Engine||Diesel 3.0-litre V6||Diesel 3.0-litre V6||Diesel 2.8-litre 4-cylinder||Petrol 4.0-litre V6|