The latest entrant into the market is the Mercedes-Benz X-Class that, despite the badge, has all the ruggedness to take on old-firm pickups such as the Toyota Hilux and Ford Ranger.
The X-Class shares its bones with the Nissan Navara but has been re-engineered from the ground up resulting in a vastly different ute with enhanced suspension, powertrain, brakes and active safety equipment.
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Mercedes-Benz has been talking about the lifestyle aspects of the X-Class which is great for the weekend, but what about the rest of the week as an everyday work vehicle?
We took an upper-spec X-Class 250d Power to a Melbourne building site to ask some ute-driving tradies if the Mercedes-Badge is likely to find work on building sites around the country.
As the video shows, they came up with some interesting insights.