THE Mercedes-Benz X-Class launched in Australia early in 2018 into a booming dual-cab segment, and 1520 sales were recorded by years’ end.
Based on the Nissan Navara D23, the X-Class has been re-engineered from the ground up, with a strengthened ladder frame, widened front and rear tracks, a retuned suspension system, a wider body, fresh interior, and the introduction of rear discs at the back.
Along for the ride at 4X4 of the Year was a mid-spec Progressive, which comes with a wide range of options that varies the price from $57K to $71K. Our test rig came with a 360° camera (+$1750), Style pack (+$3750), COMAND system (+$2990), tub liner (+$899) and Style bar (+$1551).
The engine and transmission combo – a Renault-sourced 2.3-litre bi-turbo diesel and seven-speed auto – is carried over from the Navara, and it’s good for 140kW and 450Nm. The X runs a dual-range part-time 4x4 system and is capable of towing up to 3.5 tonnes.
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It’s a well-rounded package, but are the changes implemented by Merc’s boffins enough to award the X-Class the 4X4OTY gong?