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Brabus reveals high performance X Class

By Tristan Tancredi, 15 May 2018 News

Brabus reveals high performance X Class news

Tuning powerhouse Brabus fettles Merc’s new X-Class.

BRABUS is the latest tuning company to throw its spanners at the Mercedes-Benz X-Class, designing what it calls “a sporty-elegant designer outfit” for the all-new pick-up.

The "subtle" changes include an onslaught of Brabus badging, quad exhaust outlets, dual overhead LED light bars (12 LEDs per bar), integrated LED side markers and … even more plastic.

The X-Class rides on exclusive, tailor-made Brabus Monoblock X 20-inch wheels that can be shod with Continental, Pirelli or Yokohama 285/45 R20 high-performance tyres.

On the inside you’ll find aluminium pedals and an aluminium footrest, as well as stainless scuff plates and a swathe of leather and Alcantara.

Known for its specialisation in tuning Mercedes-Benz engines, Brabus has also developed a D4 PowerXrta performance upgrade for the X250d.

The upgrade, afforded via the plug-and-play installation of the tuning module – an hours’ work at an MB workshop – ups the output of the 2.3-litre turbo-diesel engine by pumping out an extra 15kW and 60Nm for a total of 155kW and 510Nm.

With the upcoming V6-powered X350d delivering more power and torque (190kW and 550Nm) than the Brabus-tweaked four-cylinder, it makes more sense to wait for a performance update for the X350d which is already in the development phase, according to Brabus.

Read more: VW Australia to introduce X350d-rivalling 200kW Amarok

The Brabus X-Class follows the revelation last week of a wild X-Class fettled by Pick Up Design, the pick-up division of Carlex Tuners in Poland. The wild X-Class ‘Exy’ will be available in ‘Urban’ and Off-Road’ trim.

The city-dwelling Urban gets a beefy carbon body kit – front bumper, rear bumper, front bumper diffuser, bonnet lip, arch extensions, a rear spoiler, and headlight and rear-light frames – and the obligatory stickers plastered from head to tail.

Lazer lights are up on the roof, a sports bar sits up front, while an application-controlled V8 exhaust system sound booster creates a fake soundtrack to set the mood. It rides on 20-inch wheels.

In addition to aesthetic changes, the Off-Road variant gets raised suspension courtesy of Pedders, and it rides on BFGoodrich All Terrains that wrap around 18-inch alloys. The Off-Road Extreme adds a sump guard and winch.

Stay tuned for pricing and availability information.