GALLERY: Mercedes-Benz X-Class X220d and X250d

GALLERY: Mercedes-Benz X-Class X220d and X250d

The huge Mercedes-Benz showcase at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show last week included displays of the X-Class, which had its own little area outside Hall 2 in addition to the usual fare inside the pavilion. The automaker had both launch variants of the pick-up – the X 220 d and X 250 d – on call in manual and automatic forms respectively.

The visual similarities to the Nissan NP300 Navara, especially around the centre cab section, is inescapably evident, but the X-Class – which measures in at 5,340 mm long, 2,113 mm wide and 1,819 mm tall – is Mercedes through and through from the front.

Distinct styling elements include C-shaped headlights and an unmistakable twin slat grille, complete with a huge tristar. The rear end has been kept simple, with flat C-shaped tail lamps (and a Mercedes logo) the pointers to its identity.

The interior is also very much Mercedes, though there are giveaways to its shared underpinnings – the Navara’s console-mounted gearshift lever is one, as are switchgear controls. Nonetheless, elements such as round air-conditioning vents, three-spoke steering wheel, instrument cluster, the COMAND infotainment screen and controller on the centre console give the X-Class enough brand-related character.

Standard equipment for the pick-up – in its domestic market – includes a comfort suspension, seven airbags as well as Active Brake Assist, Lane Keeping Assist and Traffic Sign Assist, with cruise control and Mercedes me connect services also to be found.

Power comes from a Renault-sourced 2.3 litre four-cylinder engine that equips the Navara in certain markets, the X 220 d featuring a single turbo while the X 250 d’s mill comes equipped with sequential twin turbos.

Output numbers for the X 220 d are 160 hp (or 163 PS) and 400 Nm, and paired with a six-speed manual transmission (the standard gearbox for the pick-up), performance figures for the variant include a 0-100 km/h time of 12.9 seconds and a 170 km/h top speed.

The motor on the X 250 d, meanwhile, offers 188 hp (or 190 PS) and 450 Nm, and even with the optional seven-speed automatic transmission, the variant is expectedly quicker off the mark, doing the century sprint in 11.8 seconds. With a 176 km/h top speed, it’s also marginally faster. The show cars were 4Matic examples, equipped with switchable four-wheel drive.

The diamond silver metallic X 220 d display unit in Frankfurt featured two-tone black Posadas fabric seats, a standard 5.4-inch COMAND screen and an Audio 20 infotaiment system along with manual air-conditioning. The show car came kitted out with a Progressive equipment line, which adds on an eight-speaker system and a load securing rail system. It was also fitted with an optional Style package, and as shown was priced at 51,230 euros (RM256,200).

As for the X 250 d, the cavansite blue metallic example came dressed with black leather seats and a COMAND Online navigation system with a larger 8.4-inch centre display. A Power equipment line package adds on LED high performance headlamps, Keyless Go, Thermotronic auto climate control and an Artico faux leather dashboard.

The show car also came equipped with a parking package, complete with a 360-degree camera, a roll cover and a winter package. Specified as such, the variant had a 63,900 euros (RM319,570) price tag.

The X-Class will begin going on sale in Europe this November, followed by South Africa, Australia and New Zealand in 2018 and in Argentina and Brazil in 2019. What do you think of Mercedes’ first pick-up? Would it be a commercially viable proposition here? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section.

GALLERY: Mercedes-Benz X-Class X 250 d 4Matic


GALLERY: Mercedes-Benz X-Class X 220 d 4Matic

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Comments

  • Hilux better and cheaper

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    • Ohwai on Sep 25, 2017 at 10:07 am

      john told me the Proton Arena aka Proton jumback is better than this

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  • Hilux better and cheaper

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  • Our Boyue is better than this Mercedes fake navara car. I believe Proton has come out with a big successful product…the Boyue! Let us support it!

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  • CarBuyer on Sep 22, 2017 at 1:02 am

    When people here find out that it shares many components with the Nissan it is based on, this is either going to 1) raise the status of the Nissan or 2) lower the perceived status of Mercedes. Probably the latter.

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  • Failed State Citizen on Sep 22, 2017 at 2:51 am

    I like BMW a little bit more now

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  • Mohammad Hafiz Abdul Rahim on Sep 22, 2017 at 2:58 am

    since its a pickup, technically it should be classified as ‘kenderaan komersial’ right? wont be too expensive. no?

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  • Hmm... Much Hmm... on Sep 22, 2017 at 6:35 am

    The iPhone of pickups?

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    • Busan boy on Sep 22, 2017 at 10:49 am

      Ini…baru lah. Good job TanChong!

      Nissan Navara rulezz

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    • Cloned iPhone. The inside is Navara. Even the chassis and engine is same as Navara.

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  • Is the rear suspension as saggy as the Navara’s?

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    • Uncle Sam on Sep 22, 2017 at 2:50 pm

      It doesn’t sag, boy. It has multilink suspension and not leaf and coil springs like the T and the F, M and I included. Unless you own one or drive it regularly, will know. I own the VL or the towkay model not the worker’s ride.

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  • Tokyo boy on Sep 22, 2017 at 9:38 am

    Too luxury for a pick up truck

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  • Sgt Scoop on Sep 22, 2017 at 10:28 am

    RM320k for a pick-up? Anyone? Anyone?

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    • Hondacr72 on Sep 22, 2017 at 8:28 pm

      Think it logically, you earn Euro5k in EU countries & this truck cost nothing. Sadly you are living in bolehland thus stir up lots of criticism. This truck is never mean for Malaysia market

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  • kiddd on Sep 22, 2017 at 10:39 am

    Cars, vans, suv, bus, trucks, and now pickup trucks.. one more left, motorcycle..

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  • Firdaus on Sep 22, 2017 at 10:55 am

    Can’t c the logic in MB doing this!

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  • Merc or Nissan on Sep 22, 2017 at 11:00 am

    If launch here, the X 250d will be around 400k due to exemption of excise duty from pickup. Still, that amount of money can buy three Navara VL…

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  • Kunta kinte ism.... on Sep 22, 2017 at 11:49 am

    WAhhhh look its a mercedes benz !!!!! Oh wait…. its a navara actually… hahahaaa thumbs down la wei…

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  • heybadigol (Member) on Sep 22, 2017 at 12:00 pm

    Outside still looks a lot like its donor truck. But inside is all Mercedes, in looks anyway. Not sure about material quality. Any chance of Affalterbach getting their hands on this.

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  • Just get a Navara and spend the leftover on something else, not sure who will buy this in Malaysia.

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  • jinggo on Sep 22, 2017 at 2:00 pm

    Somehow this merc looks liw class.. i dont know why..

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  • my 10 years old triton 12 second hit 100km/h, top speed 190km/h, why Mercedes top speed below 220km/h? Why?

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  • Dylan Ch'ng on Sep 22, 2017 at 7:24 pm

    Just needs unpainted bumpers, steel wheels and durable interior

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  • C. P. MOHAN on Sep 22, 2017 at 7:31 pm

    Reminds me of lyrics by Dire Straits “Money for nothing”.

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  • Jimmy on Sep 22, 2017 at 9:12 pm

    that auto-gear design
    that handbrake handle
    the side steps
    any Japanese milo tin feel?

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  • when u wanna pickup ikan at 9.50 and date at 9.55……..

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  • habislah hilux.

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  • p2lover on Sep 23, 2017 at 9:36 am

    those rich tuan tanah bukit durian can drive this to ronda their pokok-pokok durian and fetch some durians out to give away.

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  • Sunriver on Sep 23, 2017 at 11:25 am

    Design wise… rojak habis. But seriously if it comes in at rm319k. absolutely no takers. But if priced around Ranger price range. All the big 4 pickup supplier will be loosing sleep…

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  • Jack Maverick on Sep 23, 2017 at 3:14 pm

    *confused screaming

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  • Tigaempat on Sep 23, 2017 at 5:34 pm

    IMHO i think it would only be a commercial disaster.

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  • I don’t think with the price tag of RM 319k, anybody here would buy especially competing with heavy duty pick ups which are cheaper like the Ford Ranger, Nissan Navara, Toyota HILUX. I wouldn’t drive a pick up truck for luxury purpose. For that price, I can get C class or 3series…..quack quack quack

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  • TheDean on Sep 24, 2017 at 11:35 am

    If my plumber drops by with THIS pickup, I’m definitely in the wrong line of business.

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  • drglkn on Sep 24, 2017 at 1:50 pm

    rojak

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  • Aryatama Aziz on Sep 24, 2017 at 4:45 pm

    Glorified Nissan Navara for people with too much money

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  • Syed Putra on Sep 24, 2017 at 9:33 pm

    How come vw never promote their pick up here? Amarok.

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  • arowana on Sep 25, 2017 at 11:43 am

    wow Navara with German Engineering.. kek!

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  • Mr Tadulakor on Sep 25, 2017 at 2:19 pm

    This pickup is for stylo milo contractors…..and to visit construction site with style…..

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  • manimaran on Apr 16, 2019 at 11:05 am

    berapa harga Mercedes-BenZ x-class x 250d

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