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2018 Mercedes-Benz X-Class Ute unveiled

Mercedes-Benz first ute appears

Mercedes-Benz has expanded its already extensive commercial vehicle range with the new Mercedes-Benz X-Class ute/pick-up.

Officially unveiled this morning, the new offering is essentially a Nissan Navara underneath, though Mercedes-Benz tell us their version has all the classical characteristics of a real Mercedes.

The Mercedes-Benz X-Class will land in Australia early in 2018 and will boast an up to 3,500kg towing capacity.

Power comes from a choice of four engines:

  • 2.3 litre 120kW common rail diesel
  • 2.3 litre 140kW common rail diesel
  • 122kW petrol engine (selected left-hand drive markets only)
  • 190kW/550Nm V6 diesel – coming mid 2018

A six-speed manual transmission will come as standard with a seven-speed auto an optional extra.

Mercedes-Benz tell us the X-Class will deliver the same driving enjoyment as a passenger car, this is thanks to the wide track, comfort-tuned spring and damping system and the utes rear coil spring suspension (as per Navara).

Off-road work is covered by the 4MATIC all-wheel drive system with low-range.

The X-Class will also be offered with an optional diff lock and a permanent all-wheel drive system will be available from mid-2018.

Mercedes-Benz is claiming a 600mm wading depth for the ute and up to 221mm of ground clearance.

mercedes-benz ute x-class

But is the ute work or comfort focussed? Well, Mercedes-Benz tell us the X-Class will be offered across three model grades suit different lifestyles and work environments:

  • X-Class PURE - for rugged, functional use
  • X-Class PROGRESSIVE – for people seeking a rugged pickup with extra styling and comfort
  • X-Class POWER – for customers seeking style, performance and comfort

No word yet on Australian pricing, however in Germany the X-Class is priced from 38,000 Euro ($55,000).

We will bring you more details on the new Mercedes-Benz Ute as they come to hand and stay up to date with all the latest Mercedes-Benz News all the time at behindthewheel.com.au.

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Chris is a writer, co-host of the Behind the Wheel podcast and a self declared car tragic . He is a radio broadcaster by trade and reports traffic for 774 ABC Melbourne, FOX FM and Smooth FM. He also presents a national traffic report on ABC News Radio.

2 Comments on 2018 Mercedes-Benz X-Class Ute unveiled

  1. Only Holden makes a UTE. Mine is a VS, 21 years old, with 300,000 km, and still going strong.
    This thing you’ve built is much too hard to load by hand because you have to LIFT a bag of cement HIGHER to load it, causing the person to stretch, which may cause INJURY.

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