Mercedes-Benz has officially unveiled the X-Class X 350 d 4Matic, a new range-topping model that will make its first public appearance at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show. This brings the company’s premium pick-up range to a total of four offerings – X 200 (2.0 turbo petrol), X 220 d, X 250 d and X 350 d 4Matic.

The pick-up’s crowning model (for now) will get Mercedes’ own 3.0 litre turbodiesel V6 that develops 258 hp at 3,400 rpm and 550 Nm of torque from 1,400 to 3,200 rpm. Boost comes from a single-stage turbocharger with variable turbine geometry, and the engine gets F1-derived Nanoslide cylinder liner coating for smoother operation.

Together with a seven-speed 7G-Tronic Plus automatic (paddle shifters are standard), it will sprint from zero to 100 km/h in 7.9 seconds and maxes out at 205 km/h. Power is permanently sent to all four wheels via a 4Matic system with a fixed torque distribution of 40:60 percent. The system comes with low-range reduction gear (1:2.9) and an optional rear axle locking differential for greater levels of traction, and it also features a two-stage transfer case which is flange-mounted to the transmission.

Mercedes-Benz says optimum off-road traction is guaranteed by a continuously adjustable longitudinal differential in the transfer case, in the form of an electromechanical multiplate clutch. For avid off-roaders, there are three different AWD modes – 4MAT, 4H and 4L. A 100% differential lock is also available for the rear axle, if needed.

Available on the Navara-based X-Class for the first time is the Dynamic Select system. It’s positioned next to the COMAND console in the centre tunnel (much like a regular Mercedes-Benz passenger car) and offers five drive modes – Comfort, Eco, Sport, Manual and Offroad. Each setting alters engine and transmission behaviour – Offroad mode offers higher switch points and a flatter accelerator curve. The engine start/stop function is active in all driving modes except Offroad.

The X 350 d can be had in Progressive and Power trims. The former includes a set of 17-inch six-spoke alloys, chromed air vents, leather-lined steering wheel and parking brake, black Posadas fabric seats (Artico man-made leather/Dinamica microfibre is optional), Audio 20 USB infotainment system and eight speakers as standard.

The more expensive Power line gets chrome skid plates and rear bumper, 18-inch alloys, LED High Performance headlamps, Artico leather/Dinamica microfibre seats (black or nut brown leather is optional), powered seats and the Audio 20 CD infotainment system with a multifunctional touchpad. Both Progressive and Power versions feature keyless entry/start and Thermotronic dual-zone climate control as standard.

Of course, customers can accessorise the pick-up, starting with a choice of seven wheel designs, from 17-inch up to 19-inch tremolite grey items (seen in the pictures here) on offer. There’s also the new Sports Bar, Rollcover (in black) or Softcover, Styling Bar and Hardtop, load bed lining with anchoring rails, a stowage crate and underbody protection.

The Mercedes me connect service pack will be available in Europe, which allows customers to access the vehicle via smartphone. The services include Live Traffic Information, Mercedes-Benz emergency call system, basic service Maintenance Management and Vehicle Monitoring. The last feature bundles Vehicle Location, Vehicle Monitoring and Geofencing. All this can be managed through the Mercedes me app.

The X 350 d 4Matic is set to go on sale later this year, and prices in Germany start from 53,360 euros (RM256k). Other markets that will be getting the X-Class (not necessarily the X 350 d) this year are South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. It will reach South American markets like Argentina and Brazil in 2019. What do you think of this, guys?

GALLERY: Mercedes-Benz X-Class X 250 d 4Matic, 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show

GALLERY: Mercedes-Benz X-Class X 220 d 4Matic, 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show