Mercedes-Benz has confirmed the price and spec for its forthcoming X-Class ahead of its upcoming arrival.
Sales of pick-up trucks have blossomed in recent years with the likes of Mitsubishi’s L200 and the Nissan Navara enjoying plenty of attention, but the segment has lacked a high-end option and that’s where the X-Class will step in.
Although it uses the Nissan Navara as a starting point, the X-Class’ striking design makes it unmistakably Merc with a bold front grille, capped off with the renowned three-pointed star badge.
The premium pick-up will be priced from £27,310 excluding VAT, offering a supremely refined option in the segment for the first time.
Mercedes will offer the X-Class as a doublecab with 4Matic selectable all-wheel drive and low-range, drive selection mode. It will also have double wishbone front suspension and multi-link rear suspension as standard.
Buyers will be able to choose from a pair of four-pot turbocharged 2.3-litre diesel engines: the 160bhp X 220 d, linked to a manual six-speed transmission, or the 187bhp X 250 d seven-speed auto.
Equipment has been spread over three trim levels: Pure, Progressive and, for the X 250 d, Power.
Entry-level Pure models come with semi-automatic air-con and high-gloss black air vents, seats upholstered in Tunja black fabric and 17-inch steel wheels as standard.
For £1,200 more, mid-range Progressive models add 17-inch six-twin-spoke light-alloy wheels in vanadium silver, aluminium door sills, chrome door handles, heated exterior mirrors, black fabric upholstery, automatic dimming interior mirror with integrated compass function, illuminated sun visors and chrome air vents.
Pay another £3,500 and you can have the Progressive X-Class, which features 18-inch six-twin-spoke light-alloy wheels in Himalaya grey, a chrome rear bumper with integrated step, chrome surround fog lights, LED high-performance headlights with cleaning system, LED tail lights, electrically folding exterior mirrors and keyless go.
Molly Benton, brand manager at Fuel Card Services, comments: “The pick-up market has lacked a truly premium option since forever, but to be fair, it hasn’t ever really needed one. However, with a boom in pick-up sales, there’s demand for a high-end pick-up and the X-Class looks like it more than satisfies the brief.”
Posted on 30th October 2017
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