- The Mercedes-Benz X-Class ute will come in three main design and equipment lines ranging from the workmanlike Pure to the rugged but stylish Progressive and the high-end, full featured Power grade.
- According to Mercedes the X-Class can carry 17 full 50-litre barrels of beer in the cargo area. How about that for a uniquely German metric.
- Its 3.5 tonne maximum towing capacity allows the X-Class to “pull a trailer containing three horses or an eight-metre yacht”.
- Maximum payload capacity is 1042kg, more than main rivals including the Ford Ranger, Volkswagen Amarok and Toyota Hilux.
- Like the Amarok, the X-Class’ load bed can take a standard European pallet between the wheel arches.
- The X-Class shares underpinnings with the Nissan Navara and has the same 3150mm wheelbase and front and rear coil suspension. The 2.3-litre turbo diesel engine options are also the same as Navara’s.
- Australia-bound X-Classes will be built alongside the Nissan Navara at Nissan’s assembly plant in Barcelona, Spain.
- The top-spec 3.0-litre V6 turbo is very much a product of the German carmaker and produced 190kW/550Nm, significantly more than the Ford Ranger Wildtrak (147kW/470Nm), Toyota Hilux SR5 (130kW/450Nm) and Volkswagen Amarok V6 (165kW/550Nm).
- Australia will be one of the X-Class’s five core markets and it is expected to boost Mercedes-Benz sales here by up to 10 percent.
- The X-Class will be sold through the Mercedes-Benz Vans commercial division in Australia.
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