Three diesel engine choices
INITIALLY, THE X-CLASS WILL BE AVAILABLE WITH A CHOICE OF two four-cylinder common-rail injection turbodiesel engines.
The engine is a 2.3-litre available with a choice of two power outputs.
The less-powerful variant, X 220 d, has a single turbocharger and generates 120kw of maximum power, and the second version, the twin turbo X 250 d, develops 140kw.
Both are good outputs, but we think Mercedes NZ will opt for the more powerful in keeping with the brand’s performance image, and the fact that the ute is being oriented more towards cars.
A high-torque V6 diesel engine, the X 350 d, will join the range in mid-2018, and will develop 190kw of maximum power and peak torque of 550Nm. It will also have an Eco engine start/stop function.
Mercedes says all engines have been designed for quiet, lowvibration running and “excellent power delivery” coupled with low fuel consumption.
Both four-cylinder models will be available in rear-wheel drive or selectable four-wheel drive, and come standard with a six-speed manual gearbox.
A seven-speed automatic transmission is available as an option on the X 250 d and X 250 d 4MATIC models.
The top-of-the-line X-class V6 will have 4MATIC permanent allwheel drive and a seven-speed 7G-tronic Plus automatic transmission with steering-wheel shift paddles.
The Mercedes Dynamic Select system will be available as an option. It allows the driver to tailor the vehicle’s responses to meet individual preferences, with settings ranging from comfort to sportiness.
The driver can choose among five drive programs: Comfort, Eco, Sport, Manual and Off-road. They modify the engine characteristics, the automatic transmission’s switching points and the Eco start/stop function. Top model in the Power line-up will hav a V6 diesel engine. Ute pictured is fitted with a factory-developed hardtop.