Mercedes-Benz X-Class launched in Australia – MBM confirms no plans to introduce pick-up in Malaysia

Mercedes-Benz X-Class launched in Australia – MBM confirms no plans to introduce pick-up in Malaysia

The Mercedes-Benz X-Class has made its debut in Australia, the pick-up going on sale there in X 220 d, X 220 d 4Matic and X 250 d 4 Matic forms. Pricing for the vehicle, which is available in load bed or cab chassis versions, starts from AUD$45,490 (RM137,500).

The Australian line-up will have a total of 13 variants, based on three equipment grades – Pure is very much aimed as a workhorse for commercial customers, Progressive for those with higher requirements in terms of quality feel/comfort, and Power for the higher-end, urban lifestyle crowd.

The X-Class is powered by a Renault-sourced 2.3 litre four-cylinder diesel, which is also seen on the Nissan NP300 Navara in certain markets, with a single turbo on the X 220 d and a sequential twin turbo configuration on the X 250 d making for two output tunes.

Mercedes-Benz X-Class launched in Australia – MBM confirms no plans to introduce pick-up in Malaysia

On the pure rear wheel drive X 220 d and engageable all-wheel drive X 220 d 4Matic, the mill provides 160 hp (or 163 PS) at 3,750 rpm and 403 Nm from 1,500 to 2,500 rpm. For the X 250 d 4Matic, the unit offers 188 hp (or 190 PS) and 450 Nm at an identical rpm range. The engines are paired with a six-speed manual transmission as standard, with a seven-speed automatic transmssion available as an option for the X 250 d.

Standard equipment for the pick-up in Australia includes seven airbags and an i-Size attachment system for two child seats as well as Active Brake Assist and Lane Keeping Assist. The Pure and Progressive trim level variant features a reverse camera as standard, with Power upping this to a 360-degree camera.

Kit fitted as standard in the Pure trim includes 17-inch steel wheels, front/rear unpainted black bumpers, halogen headlamps, fabric seat upholstery and plastic floor covering. Mod cons include an Audio 20 CD infotainment system with a seven-inch TFT screen and front/rear two-way speakers.

Mercedes-Benz X-Class in Pure (above) and Progressive (below) trim.

In its baseline configuration, the Progressive trim level adds on front/rear bumpers painted in the vehicle colour, 17-inch six-spoke light-alloy wheels, carpeted floor covering and grained instrument panel in black, and the infotainment system adds on an eight-speaker system.

Buyers can add on equipment for the Progressive through three optional packages that are available – a Comfort Package adds on electrically-adjustable front seats, Thermotronic dual-zone AC and Artico/Dinamica seat upholstery, while a Style Package introduces LED High Performance headlamps and part-LED tail lamps and 18-inch six-twin spoke light-alloy wheels, among others. There’s also a Parking Package, which adds Parktronic and a 360-degree Camera.

The range-topping Power has all the above, adding on an instrument panel with upper section in Artico leather with contrast topstitching and matt black pixelated trim. It also gets Keyless Go, a Comand Online multimedia system with navigation and a leather-wrapped steering, shift lever knob and handbrake lever. Additionally, there’s chrome elements on the front and rear bumper.

A 255 hp/550 Nm V6 diesel engine will also make its way to Australia by the end of 2018, and the top X-Class model will come with 4Matic and 7G-Tronic Plus as standard, along with Dynamic Select drive modes.

Closer to home, the news is that the X-Class won’t be sold in Malaysia. At Mercedes-Benz Malaysia’s 2018 Q1 sales performance announcement yesterday, it was confirmed that the pick-up will not be making its way to Malaysia. Though it wasn’t said, the issue of keeping it competively priced may have all to do with it. So, those wanting a Mercedes pick-up through official channels will just have to put those thoughts away.

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


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

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Comments

  • X-Crass on Apr 13, 2018 at 5:55 pm

    It’s a good decision not to sell in Malaysia. The Toyota Hilux pickup is one of the most stolen cars here so imagine a Mercedes pick-up truck. It will be stolen and sold in Thailand

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    • Of course cannot sell in Malaysia. In Australia, only AUD45k. That is super small money to Australians. Even kuli also earn that amount half a year.

      But in Malaysia, MBM have to price the truck at RM300k to follow Malaysia’s other car prices based on the fact that Malaysia has the highest car prices in the world.

      So, which Datuk or Tan Sri will spend RM300k on a truck?

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      • Rm300k? no problem. Plenty of GLA, GLC, GLE, Landrovers, X5, X6, X7, owners that looking for a luxury pickup to complement their fleets of luxuries. Hilutx nama saja luxury but its not.

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        • Richard Tido on Apr 14, 2018 at 11:57 am

          Australians are so lucky. Can buy Camry hybrid for AUD25k

          McDonalds workers earn AUD30 per hour. One day easy to make AUD300

          Work 30 days can make AUD9000

          3 months can pay for Camry

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          • Problem is, the Aussie worker got laid off. How to pay for the cheap car when no more salary?

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          • rightwinger on Apr 16, 2018 at 12:43 pm

            bull effing shite. a full time professional waiter in an upscale /fine dining restaurant earn about AUD 21/hour.
            McD workers earn lower still, and one can google it-
            team member= 14.77/hour
            crew memeber/contractor= 15.69/hour
            kitchen crew=16.94/hour
            shift supervisor=20.43/hour

            stop lying.

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          • Rightwinger on Apr 16, 2018 at 2:15 pm

            And to top it all off:-

            The standard working week in Australia is 38 hours per week (7.6 hours per day), usually worked Monday to Friday. Work beyond that amount is overtime and attracts a premium.

            In many workplaces, work is arranged over a four week, twenty work day cycle of 8 hours per day, with the accumulated 0.4 hours per day being taken on the twentieth day as an Accumulated or Rostered Day Off.

            So what that means is that a team member will earn circa AUD 2245, not including tax deduction, if applicable.

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      • rally_fan (Member) on Apr 13, 2018 at 9:01 pm

        have you ever lived in australia? aud45k is not cheap for a car by their standards. I can assure you no “kuli” can afford one. Anyways… its after all, a mercedes. its a fact of life that not everyone will be able to own one.

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      • Jangan Kecam on Apr 14, 2018 at 12:04 pm

        Fake news act ni. Mcm mana boleh come up with the 300k price? Commercial pickup worr.

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      • 4G63T DSM on Apr 14, 2018 at 3:54 pm

        Correct but not quite. Me thinks they won’t bring it in as it would be the cheapest car in the entire range offered by MBM. After all, pickups don’t attract duties.

        Don’t think MBM knows how to price it here. They can’t price it at 300k because it would be absurd and everyone will see through the 3 pointed star and see a nissan and they can’t price it at 150k because it will make every other car that Mercedes sells (yes, including the tax free hybrids) look like a rip off.

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        • They hv a 450k luxury van called V class, so what’s the problem selling X class here?

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          • 12yrsold john on Apr 16, 2018 at 2:14 pm

            The problem is NOT enuff V-class vehicles Sold here. At RM450k, it is the MOST expensive “luxury van”.

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    • I’m pretty sure Hilux often stolen due to its reliability and cheap maintenance. Can’t say the same with Mercedes.

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  • Wow the pure trim really looks horrible

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  • sam123 on Apr 13, 2018 at 6:34 pm

    Wont mind buying X-Class as the ride to my durian farm.

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  • And the grey importers are more than happy with the MBM’s decision

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    • Until MBM changes their minds. Then all their overpriced stocks need to sell at loss.

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    • yeap, will wait till grey x-class comes to sarawak.

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    • Saleh on Apr 14, 2018 at 9:12 am

      Then where to buy spare parts and who knows how to repair

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      • Buy spare parts from Nissan. Can be repaired by any pomen who knows how to repair Navarra

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        • 12yrsold on Apr 14, 2018 at 9:25 pm

          Can you read? If yes pls read the article again… else pls do don’t simply comment

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          • U must be living under a rock. PT had wrote previously “The partnership will see the Mercedes pick-up (rumoured to be called the GLT) be based on the Nissan NP300 Navara”

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        • Zspeed on Apr 16, 2018 at 10:59 am

          U really act pandai but proven opposite. It’s different engine, gearbox, trim etc…

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          • 12yrsold john on Apr 16, 2018 at 2:16 pm

            And john STILL think he is Right

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          • Ini mesti malas baca sblm bash “The X-Class is powered by a Renault-sourced 2.3 litre four-cylinder diesel, which is also seen on the Nissan NP300 Navara”

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          • Firdaus on Apr 16, 2018 at 9:57 pm

            Tu lah. Tak baca paparan sini terus melolok. Dahlah tu kena sounding dari john.

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        • Mamak on Apr 16, 2018 at 10:54 pm

          As easy as you thought…

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        • Johnny on Apr 16, 2018 at 10:57 pm

          Do you have a car? Or you just know how to drive while others maintain for you?

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  • anonymous on Apr 13, 2018 at 10:14 pm

    Normally australia’s car is cheaper than Malaysia by roughly 30%.. so when you see MBM price this above 200k, you know how much they are ripping you off, hopefully they won’t.

    price this somewhere 180k i think can sell like hotcakes..

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  • mr1031 on Apr 13, 2018 at 10:34 pm

    good decision..there’s no need to add more of these idiot lorry driver in our the road

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  • david on Apr 14, 2018 at 7:04 am

    MBM asked: “How many of you would spend RM300k++ for a pick up truck in Msia?”

    This is a no brainer.

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  • Forester on Apr 14, 2018 at 10:07 pm

    180k X class will attract alot of buyers especially contractors,architects,farm owner and myself…..pickup under commercial vehicle and is tax exempted

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