Updated: 03/08/17 : 11:43:18
The all-new X-Class, Mercedes-Benz’s
first venture into the pickup segment – has been unveiled to the public four months ahead of its expected introduction into
characteristic SUV appearance, the X-Class fits seamlessly into the broad
Mercedes-Benz model portfolio. Its twin-louvre radiator grille, centrally
positioned star and powerfully honed bonnet and headlamps, extending far into
the wings, combine to give this newcomer a distinctly up-market appeal that
echoes its passenger car stablemates.
Designed to suit all
lifestyles and work environments, the X-Class comes in three model variants –
PURE, a basic variant for classic robust use; PROGRESSIVE, a crossover variant
in terms of quality feel and comfort; and POWER, a high-end variant designed
for urban lifestyles.
Across all three design
and equipment lines, owners can choose from nine attractive exterior colours
and a variety of exclusive 17, 18 or 19-inch wheel rims. As expected from
Mercedes-Benz, its premium credentials are seen in its three choices of cockpit
trim, in a choice of six seat covers that includes two leather options with
contrasting topstitching, and in a choice of two roof lining colours – all
together the widest choice of materials and colours in this vehicle segment.
Individualisation comes from a diverse range of Mercedes-Benz designed
accessories – from market launch, customers can add a styling bar, side bar,
canopy, various covers as well as numerous cargo and off-road solutions.
Driving the X-Class,
owners experience a level of enjoyment on a par with passenger cars. Thanks to
its wide track and a spring and damping system tuned to deliver Mercedes-Benz
levels of comfort, X-Class delivers high levels of off-road and on-road
all Mercedes-Benz vehicles, the X-Class stands out for its exemplary passive
and active safety elements - Active Brake Assist, Lane Keeping Assist and Traffic
Sign Assist being amongst its most notable features.
Billed as the first
intelligently connected pickup, ‘Mercedes me’ connect means owners are linked
to their X-Class via smartphone at all times.
In design terms, X-Class
represents a fine balance between tough and stylish. It has an elongated body
that exudes pure dynamism thanks to its long 3,150mm wheelbase, short and
cladded front overhang, backward-shifted passenger compartment and very long
Its longitudinal dynamics
are reflected in its side windows, with a kink along the beltline, its taut
lines and muscular, sculpted surfaces. Flared wheel arches, a commanding front
and its purist rear design accentuate the impression of width to give it a
powerful on-road presence.
Inside, PROGRESSIVE and
POWER lines include a centre console prominently framed by a decorative trim in
silver shadow. The instrument cluster consists of large, analogue round dials
from the C-Class and V-Class range, which, in both versions, are tubular in
form with a 5.4-inch colour multimedia display positioned between the dials.
Other items to which special attention was paid include seat comfort, thanks to
optimum lateral support, a high seat position and the use of ergonomically
formed soft foam with POWER variant having electrically adjustable seats and
electric two-way lumbar support, as standard.
In work terms, X-Class
can haul a payload of up to 1.1 tonnes – sufficient, for example, to transport
seventeen full 50-litre barrels of beer in the cargo area. Towing strength up
to 3.5 tonnes gives it power to pull a trailer containing three horses or an
The only mid-size pickup equipped with lighting in the cargo area as standard,
the load bed is designed wide enough to fit a Euro-pallet between the wheel
include a choice of five drive programs: Comfort, ECO, Sport, Manual and
Offroad and ECO start/stop function and a COMAND online multimedia system with
8.4 inch diagonal screen – the biggest in its segment with 960 x 540 pixels
resolution and high-contrast technology that markedly increases the image
quality of its 360-degrees camera and navigation maps.
Powering the X-Class is
a 2.3-litres, high-torque, common-rail diesel engine with a choice of two power
outputs – 120kW/163hp in the single turbocharged X220d, and no less than 140kW/190hp
in the biturbo X250d. Six-speed manual transmission is standard with
seven-speed automatic transmission available on for the X250d and X250d 4MATIC
Prices have yet to be
agreed and will not be announced here until closer to launch.
“We’re relishing the
challenge that this excellent new addition to our range will bring”, commented Fergus
Conheady, Commercial Vehicle Sales Manager.
information about the new Mercedes-Benz X-Class visit https://www.mercedes-benz.com/x-class/en_ie/hub.html