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Mercedes takes trucks to the next level with new X-class

MERCEDES has a his­tory of pro­duc­ing vans for the com­mer­cial ve­hi­cle mar­ket – but now the firm is branch­ing out fur­ther with its new pick-up, called the X-class. It’s due on sale by the end of this year.

The X-class is the re­sult of a parts-shar­ing deal be­tween Mercedes and the Re­nault­nis­san Al­liance – so it’s based on the lad­der­frame plat­form of the Ja­panese brand’s Navara pick-up. The X-class’s side pro­file is close to that car’s, but the front end is dis­tinc­tively Mercedes, with an over­sized grille and a large three-pointed-star badge.

The en­gine line-up is based on four and six-cylin­der diesel motors. The X 220d (161bhp) and X 250d (188bhp) use Merc’s 2.3-litre four-cylin­der diesel in sin­gle and twin-turbo form re­spec­tively.

Both of th­ese en­gines get a six-speed man­ual gear­box as stan­dard, but a sev­en­speed dual-clutch au­to­matic is of­fered as an op­tion on the higher-pow­ered unit.

By next sum­mer a V6 diesel will have joined the line-up, of­fer­ing 255bhp and paired up with per­ma­nent four-wheel drive. A part-time four-wheel-drive set-up will be fit­ted to the re­main­der of the range; UK buy­ers won’t be of­fered rear-drive edi­tions.

All X-class mod­els are rated for loads of up to 1.1 tonnes – suf­fi­cient for 17 full 50-litre beer bar­rels, Mercedes claims, and more than enough to make the car el­i­gi­ble for com­mer­cial ve­hi­cle tax clas­si­fi­ca­tion. All UK X-classes will be ca­pa­ble of tow­ing up 3.5 tonnes, too. In­side, the X-class gets plenty of fa­mil­iar Mercedes cues, along with some hard­er­wear­ing ma­te­ri­als. The firm’s 8.4-inch in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem (as seen in the V-class) is mounted in its usual po­si­tion in the cen­tre of the fa­cia, of­fer­ing Garmin-based nav­i­ga­tion across the range. On mid and high-spec mod­els, there’s a fur­ther 5.4-inch dis­play be­tween the in­stru­ment di­als. Mercedes has al­ready taken sev­eral hun­dred reser­va­tions for the X-class in the UK, de­spite there be­ing no of­fi­cial con­fir­ma­tion on pric­ing yet.

How­ever, the car – which will be built by Nis­san at its plant in Spain – is ex­pected to cost from around £28,000 ex­clud­ing VAT. The first Bri­tish cus­tomers should get their cars in Jan­uary 2018.

Based on Nis­san Navara First de­liv­er­ies next year “X-class is the re­sult of a parts-shar­ing deal be­tween Mercedes and Re­nault-nis­san”

Posh pick-up fea­tures 8.4-inch in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem as seen in the firm’s V-class

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