Benz’s pow­er­ful bakkie out in Novem­ber

BAKKIE NEWS/ Or­der books open for much-awaited 190kW Benz bakkie, which goes on sale next month, writes De­nis Droppa

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The much-an­tic­i­pated V6 ver­sion of the Mercedes-Benz XClass bakkie will flirt with the R1m mark when it’s launched here at the end of Novem­ber.

Fol­low­ing the mar­ket launch of the four-cylin­der MercedesBenz X220d and the X250d ear­lier this year, Mercedes-Benz Vans SA has an­nounced the pric­ing of the V6 X-Class X350d, which is now avail­able to or­der. It will be avail­able in two ver­sions: the Pro­gres­sive, priced at R904,188, and the Power at R973,188. The stan­dard sixyear/100,000km war­ranty and main­te­nance plan is in­cluded.

How­ever, these prices ex­clude the var­i­ous op­tional ex­tras and ac­ces­sories avail­able — in­clud­ing a canopy, style bars and bed liner — which could tip the price over R1m.

“We are con­fi­dent that the new V6 X-Class range-top­per presents a next to none of­fer­ing — com­bin­ing modern de­sign, safety, so­phis­ti­ca­tion and a supreme level of com­fort.

“The V6 X350d re­flects lux­ury and per­for­mance, best char­ac­terised by qual­ity en­gi­neer­ing and of course, power like no other,” says Na­dia Trim­mel, the vice-pres­i­dent of Mercedes-Benz Vans South­ern Africa.

While the four-cylin­der tur­bod­iesel used in the Mercedes X220d and X250d is a Nis­san en­gine, the 3.0l V6 pow­er­ing the X350d is made by Mercedes-Benz. Pro­duc­ing out­puts of 190kW and 550Nm, the X350d will be SA’s most pow­er­ful bakkie when it ar­rives next month, in­her­it­ing the ti­tle from Volk­swa­gen’s 165kW/ 550Nm V6 Amarok.

Mercedes-Benz claims a 7.9 sec­ond 0-100km sprint time for the X350d.

The en­gine is mated to a 7GTronic seven-speed au­to­matic gear­box with steer­ing-mounted gearshift pad­dles, and has a per­ma­nent four-wheel-drive sys­tem in­stead of the se­lectable 4WD of the four-cylin­der XClass mod­els. The of­froad abil­ity is en­hanced by a se­lectable low range re­duc­tion gear and a rear diff lock.

With the stan­dard-fit­ted Dy­namic Se­lect sys­tem, driv­ers can switch be­tween a choice of five driv­ing modes that can be changed by fin­ger­tip con­trol.

With solid-axle rear sus­pen­sion paired with coils, in­stead of the tra­di­tional leaf springs, a smooth ride is one of the sell­ing points of the X-Class.

Full spec­i­fi­ca­tions and de­tails will be made avail­able at the Novem­ber launch.

Left: The X350d will be SA’s most pow­er­ful and most ex­pen­sive bakkie. MercedesBenz claims a 7.9 sec­ond 0-100km sprint time for the X350d, above. Right: The X-Class has in­her­ited many of the fea­tures of Merc’s lux­ury cars.

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