Merc’s posh pickup due in 2018
From Page 1 autobox. The flagship will also be available with Merc’s Dynamic Select system, allowing drivers to configure the engine and gearbox characteristics through five selectable driving modes, including one for off-roading.
However, all 4x4 versions will have low-range gearing and Downhill Speed Regulation to facilitate serious bundu-bashing, while a rear diff lock will be optional. Mercedes says the ground clearance on models sold outside of Europe will be 222mm.
The X-Class will have decent workhorse credentials too, with a payload of up to 1100kg, within a loadbay that’s wide enough to accommodate a Euro-pallet. The load area also offers LED illumination to help you out when loading at night and there’s a handy 12-volt socket for power tools.
It may have the work ethic of a proper bakkie then, but Mercedes-Benz has gone the full luxury car monty inside with premium materials and gadgets that you’d normally not expect to find in a load-lugger. And there will be plenty of ways to personalise the cabin as Mercedes says it will offer the widest selection of materials and colours in the segment, including six different seat upholstery options and two roof-liner colours.
The X-Class has a free-standing central screen as per the V-Class, and measuring up to 21.3cm in vehicles fitted with the Comand Online infotainment system. Versions equipped with this, or the Audio 20 CD system, will also feature a console-mounted touchpad, as offered in the brand’s passenger cars.
Mercedes claims that the X-Class is the most connected pick-up in its class, thanks to its ‘Me Connect’ system that allows customers to view vehicle information remotely via their smartphones or set-up door-to-door navigation, although it appears that these features will be limited to European markets.
On the safety front, the X-Class boasts a full suite of active driving aids including Active Brake Assist, Lane Keeping Assist, Trailer Stability Assist and Traffic Sign Assist. Furthermore, it’ll be the only vehicle in its segment fitted as standard with internally vented brake discs on all wheels.
South African specifications and pricing will be confirmed closer to next year’s launch.
Rear suspension has comfier-riding coil springs instead of leaf springs.