Mercedes-Benz X-Class – premium pick-up debuts

Mercedes-Benz X-Class – premium pick-up debuts

We’ve been waiting for Mercedes-Benz’s pick-up since it was announced in 2015, and after two concepts later, it’s finally here. The Mercedes-Benz X-Class is said to be the first pick-up truck in the premium segment (the company’s own G-Class notwithstanding), and will go on sale starting in Europe in November.

Although its ties with the Nissan NP300 Navara on which it is based is readily apparent – particularly around the centre cab section – the X-Class has enough unique design details to distinguish itself as a product of the three-pointed star. The front is pure Mercedes, with C-shaped headlights that flank a massive grille with the trademark dinner plate-sized badge.

The twin grille slats feature rectangular cutouts first seen on the facelifted GLA, while a protective bumper guard sits below it, flanked by twin fog lights. Along the sides, the arches are squared off instead of round on the Navara to give it a more macho look, and the Nissan’s prominent haunches have been softened here. The rear has been simplified with flat C-shaped tail lights being the only adornment.

Inside, the X-Class is also recognisably Mercedes, with round air vents and many elements such as the steering wheel, instrument cluster, COMAND infotainment system and light switch taken from the C-Class. However, some switchgear, like the climate, window and four-wheel drive system controls, have been lifted from the Navara, and the gearlever is also mounted on the floor instead of the steering column.

Mercedes-Benz X-Class – premium pick-up debuts

As befits a Mercedes, the X-Class is available with a few luxurious appointments, including an Artico faux leather dashboard and power-adjustable seats with electric lumbar support, upholstered in Artico and Dinamica microfibre. Also available is the upgraded COMAND Online navigation system with an 8.4-inch centre display that replaces the standard 5.4-inch screen.

At launch, the X-Class is available in X 220 d and X 250 d variants, but unlike other diesel models in Mercedes’ range, these are not powered by Stuttgart’s ubiquitous 2.2 litre mill. Instead, they utilise the Renault-derived 2.3 litre four-cylinder engine found on the Navara in other markets, with a single turbo on the 163 hp X 220 d and sequential twin turbos on the 190 hp X 250 d.

There’s also a 165 hp petrol engine available in markets like Dubai and Morocco, likely the QR25 2.5 litre naturally-aspirated mill from the Nissan Teana. All models come with rear-wheel drive and a six-speed manual gearbox, with the diesel models also available with switchable four-wheel drive. A seven-speed automatic transmission is offered as an option on the X 250 d models.

Mercedes-Benz X-Class – premium pick-up debuts

An X 350 d will be offered starting in mid-2018, motivated by Mercedes’ own 3.0 litre turbodiesel V6 that develops 258 hp and a solid 550 Nm of torque. The range-topper will come as standard with a seven-speed 7G-Tronic Plus auto and a permanent 4Matic all-wheel drive system, as well as the Dynamic Select system with Comfort, Eco, Sport, Manual and Offroad drive modes.

Safety-wise, the X-Class comes as standard with seven airbags, as well as Active Brake Assist, Lane Keeping Assist and Traffic Sign Assist. Also offered is Trailer Stability Assist, a tyre pressure monitoring system, an emergency call system, cruise control and LED headlights, as well as a 360-degree camera.

After Europe, the X-Class will be offered in South Africa, Australia and New Zealand early next year, and in Argentina and Brazil in 2019. European, South African and Australasian models will be built at Nissan’s Barcelona plant, while Latin American vehicles will come from Renault’s Cordoba facility in Argentina. Prices start at €37,294 (RM184,400) in Germany.






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Jonathan Lee

After trying to pursue a career in product design, Jonathan Lee decided to make the sideways jump into the world of car journalism instead. He therefore appreciates the aesthetic appeal of a car, but for him, the driving experience is still second to none.

 

Comments

  • NismoTC on Jul 19, 2017 at 11:47 am

    Shiny Tristar badge on my Navara.

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  • Mesedis on Jul 19, 2017 at 11:54 am

    Got 3 pointed star…must buy..uncker will withdraw from epf to buy this..now uncker got style to go to kebun collect rambutans.. #mesedis #ehkenissan

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 18 Thumb down 1
  • Jack Maverick on Jul 19, 2017 at 11:55 am

    Premium… pick up truck? LOL… The world is a strange place..

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    • zulaika on Jul 19, 2017 at 10:59 pm

      where got strange?

      u see everyday people rushing to Starbucks to buy overpriced sugary drinks which doesnt taste like coffee, padahal real coffee usually below RM2.

      this Merc pickup also same same mah.

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    • bangsar wan on Jul 20, 2017 at 11:39 am

      Purposely created and caters to sand dunes nations’ elite…lol

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  • Periasamy on Jul 19, 2017 at 11:58 am

    This looks so fake. Looks 100% a Nissan Navara. What conjob is Merc and Nissan trying to pull?

    Engine also not a Merc. Worse than fake taxi

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 21 Thumb down 4
  • The rear looks cheap. Even navara looks better.

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 15 Thumb down 1
  • Leafable on Jul 19, 2017 at 12:04 pm

    Posh farmer.

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 6 Thumb down 0
  • Ugly even its Luxurious Mercedes. Better continue with ur sedan, hatchback n suv.

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 9 Thumb down 0
  • 137k? Batter buy Isuzu…

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  • It will be RM400k when it gets here.

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  • Ceejay on Jul 19, 2017 at 1:09 pm

    The game of taukes just leveled up, with a MERC BENZ pickup!
    I wonder msia tauke owner will sampai hati to use their merc benz go estate and do those usual routine or not. Hahahahaha

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  • waters on Jul 19, 2017 at 1:46 pm

    Can I just get a navara and retrofit the merc front?

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  • Mercedes truck? Any plan for AMG variant with handbuilt engine? Hahahaha

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  • Ah Kow on Jul 19, 2017 at 3:02 pm

    This is a glorified Navara

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 2 Thumb down 1
  • A Mercedes with Nissan body, Renault engine… is this even a Merc???

    Anything slapped with 3 star badge can fetch high price. Wow. Time to do something with my Kancil. Mercedes Z class

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  • Come on rich farmers, go for it

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  • Wah…later durian all naik harga bcoz tauke start using merc pick up truck.

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  • Jimmy on Jul 19, 2017 at 11:05 pm

    To me, I feel that the designers/team may be just too busy with too much other work; they did not produce elegant premium exterior designs of the sides and the rear. Is it possible to think outside the box, instead of just following the ordinary pattern of other cheap pick-ups.

    The rear bumper just ‘feel’ like a Hilux or Triton.
    The sides and the rear are so typical of any cheap pick-ups.

    Are the front/rear tracks widened?
    Wheel arches designs, anything to improve?
    Will there be typical solid feel of continental vehicle instead of Japanese Milo tin feel?
    How capable is it, as a premium workhorse pick-up?

    This is your very first pick-up.

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  • Next; Mercedes should rebadge the Nissan Titan

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  • Better get a real Mercedes lorry. Bigger, more powerful, more intimidating, and with genuine Mercedes technology

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