Mercedes-Benz has revealed what was least expected all these years from the brand: the X-Class pick-up. It’s a four-door, five-seater that also has a flat-bed extension at the back.
On the outside, the X-Class looks solidly rugged, but is also classy enough to ferry families along. The X-Class boasts of a modern suspension setup of coil-sprung double wishbones at the front and coil-sprung five-link axle at the rear, bolted on to a robust frame. Optional add-ons include a plastic load-bed liner, soft and hard tonneau covers, a body-colour canopy, a bed-divided system, roller-over hoop, running boards, an aluminium roll-top cover and three-piece detachable stainless steel underguard.
For the cabin, six upholstery options will be available, ranging from variants Pure, Power to Progressive, while three kinds of finishes are being offered for the dashboard. Features include Mercedes’ Comand infotainment , Active Brake Assist, Traffic Sign Assist, Lane Keeping Assist, 360-degree cameras, and a connectivity app that lets the driver locate the vehicle, check fuel consumption, and navigate from door-to-door – all remotely controlled through a smartphone.
The X220d(163hp) and X250d(190hp) 4-Matic diesel variants offer selectable four-wheel drive, while a V6 diesel – scheduled for a launch next year – will come with permanent four-wheel drive, with low-range gearing available on all versions. However, a locking rear axle differential will have to opted for. Dynamic Select option allows the driver to set it in comfort, eco, sport, manual or off-road setting. A 165hp petrol model will be sold in select markets too.
The X-class has the longest wheelbase in its class, and is capable of carrying up to 1,042kgs. Mercedes will sell the X-Class pick-up in UTE markets like Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Brazil and Argentina.
We’re not confident saying the X-Class will make it to India, even in the near future. But let’s hope for the best.
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