Three diesel engine choices

New Zealand LCV - - NEW MODEL FOCUS | MERCEDES-BENZ X-CLASS -

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.

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