X-class Style

Premier Magazine (South AFrica) - - Motoring - Im­age © Mercedes-benz South Africa

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).

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