The highly anticipated new X-class pickup from Mercedes-benz – described by the German automaker as the first vehicle to convincingly combine doublecab versatility with passenger car luxury – is here. While the one-tonne double cab shares much of its innards with the Nissan Navara, its interior (with integrated brand-specific equipment, such as the floating infotainment screen, round airvents, and a multifunction touchpad) has convincingly been transformed. Still, some references to its origins, such as the key-fob, gear-lever, and some door panel components, remain. The X-class is available in Progressive or Power trim (interestingly, the entry-level Pure line has been dropped) and is offered with two Nissan-derived 2.3-litre four-cylinder twin-turbo diesel engines delivering either 120 kw and 402 Nm (in the X220d) or 140 kw and 450 Nm (in the X250d). The X220d comes with rear-wheel drive only and a six-speed manual transmission, while the X250d is offered with sevenspeed auto ’box driving either the rear wheels, or 4Matic four-wheel drive. Sensible dark cloth material seats and brushed aluminium on the dash are used in the Progressive model, while the Power derivative gets sumptuous doublestitched leather seats. A host of safety and driver aid systems, smart connectivity, and even cargo bay lighting enhances the premium feeling. On uneven dirt roads, the German certainly has a more pliant ride than most other double-cabs. It also has decent approach, departure, and break over angles, a ride height of 221 mm and sensible 17 or 18-inch tyres. Price: From R642,103 (for the X220d) to R791,315 (for the X250d 4Matic auto).