Is the new Merc X-traordinary?

Okay, let’s not waste time,  we’re not dreaming, this isn’t some one off concept; Mercedes Benz has released a pick-up! Mercedes launch of a pick-up truck, which will be the second manufactured pick-up from a German brand. The first being of course Volkswagen’s Amarok. So in brief what is the X-class? How is it related to the Nissan Navara?

The birth of the X-class

Let me take you back to 2015 when Mercedes-Benz announced that a pickup truck was in the works.The Mercedes-Benz X-Class is expected to enter production in late 2017. The new vehicle, developed in conjunction with the Nissan-Renault Alliance, will be assembled at Nissan and Renault plants in Europe and South America. Mercedes claim that it will be one of the most premium luxurious pick up, sounds like a nice recipe being put together.

It is scheduled to be only on sale in Europe, Latin America, and Africa. South Africans in particular are very positive about the X-Class, as pickup trucks are extremely popular there. The engine is expected to be a turbocharged diesel V-6 engine paired with a 4Matic permanent all-wheel-drive system. Its production is expected to start in 2017 in Argentina and Spain.

What will it be equipped with?

The X-class will come with three different model lines christened PURE, PROGRESSIVE AND POWER. Very interesting names!  For the Pure which probably be your workhorse and standard bakkie will come with standard features such as

  • Grained front bumper in black, rear bumper painted in black
  • 17-inch steel wheels
  • Halogen headlamps
  • Electrically adjustable outside mirrors
  • Grained instrument panel in black
  • Ventilation outlets in high-gloss black
  • Seat upholstery in black Tunja fabric
  • Plastic floor covering
  • Manually adjustable front seats
  • Audio 20 USB infotainment system
  • Two-way speakers front and rear
  • Air conditioning system
  • Four-cylinder petrol or diesel engine with six-speed manual transmission
  • Four load-securing rings on the sides of the load bed

PROGESSIVE

Progressive is more of the luxurious urban driver, who works in an office but runs a farm or construction company will feature

  • Front and rear bumpers painted in the vehicle colour
  • 17-inch six-spoke light-alloy wheels
  • Halogen headlamps
  • Electrically adjustable and heated outside mirrors
  • Windscreen made of heat insulating glass
  • Rain sensor
  • Grained instrument panel in black
  • Ventilation outlets galvanised in silver shadow
  • Seat upholstery in black posadas fabric
  • Dilour floor covering
  • Manually adjustable front seats
  • Steering wheel, shift lever knob and handbrake lever in leather
  • Door sill panels in aluminium and illuminated front footwell
  • Audio 20 USB infotainment system
  • Eight-speaker system
  • Compass in the rearview mirror
  • Air conditioning system
  • Four-cylinder petrol or diesel engine with six-speed manual transmission
  • Load-securing rails on the sides of the load bed

Power

Power is the elite version of the X-class that will be the full package, the farm owner or mining investor who likes wearing a suit all time and keep his shoes polished even in the most remote areas. It will be equipped with

  • Front bumper painted in the vehicle colour
  • Chromed visual underbody panelling in front bumper
  • Chromed rear bumper
  • 18-inch six-twin-spoke light-alloy wheels
  • LED High Performance headlamps and part-LED tail lamps
  • Electrically adjustable, heated and folding outside mirrors
  • Windscreen made of heat insulating glass
  • Rain sensor
  • Instrument panel with upper section in ARTICO man-made leather including contrasting topstitching and a large trim element with a matt black pixelated look
  • Ventilation outlets galvanised in silver shadow
  • Black seat upholstery in ARTICO man-made leather/DINAMICA microfibre
  • Dilour floor covering
  • Electrically adjustable front seats with lumbar support
  • Steering wheel, shift lever knob and handbrake lever in leather
  • Door sill panels in aluminium and illuminated front footwell
  • Stowage net in front passenger footwell
  • Automatically dimming inside mirror
  • Compass in the rearview mirror
  • Audio 20 CD infotainment system
  • Eight-speaker system
  • THERMOTRONIC automatic climate control
  • KEYLESS GO
  • Four-cylinder diesel engine with six-speed manual transmission
  • Load-securing rails on the sides of the load bed

As you can see in the picture, Mercedes got our memo for the troubles we are having with the police in Zimbabwe about fire extinguishers

Engines
There will be three 4-cylinder models and a 3litre V6 turbo diesel.

X-200 – 122kW@238Nm
X-220 d – 120kW@403Nm
X-250 d – 140kW@450Nm
X-350 d – 190kW@550Nm

We will be definitely waiting for it to arrive on our local market, only then will we know if it’s just a premium version of a Navara with Mercedes Benz Badges around or something much more unique. The real question is would it’s buyers it carry bags of cement, mining equipment or a couple of cows?