Mercedes-Benz first ute appears
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.
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.