The popular German manufacturer said in a press release that the 2018 Mercedes-Benz X-Class finally lands in its ultimate form in Cape Town, South Africa. The Mercedes has always been known for manufacturing vans for the commercial car market. The automaker is now planning to venture into the pickup segment with its X-Class. The X-Class comes into being thanks to a parts-sharing arrangement between Mercedes and Renault-Nissan Alliance.
It is due to Mercedes-Renault-Nissan deal that the X-Class uses the Navara pickup’s ladder-frame platform, which is also used to craft the inbound Renault Alaskan. The Mercedes has, however, performed a host of adjustments across the board in the quest to create a three-pointed star pick-up that commands a considerably inflated price tag.
Since Mercedes X-Class pick-up is based on Nissan Navara’s platform, it has what it takes to haul over 2,400 pounds and tow up to 7,700 pounds. Consequently, it is a little more rugged and capable than Honda’s Ridgeline model. Remember, they all have nearly the same sizes.
2018 Mercedes-Benz X-Class – Exterior and Interior Cosmetics
The 2018 Mercedes-Benz X-Class is not any different from its concept. Several features available in the concept are accounted for, such as the trademark design elements, the three-pointed star in the grille and headlights that bear some resemblance with any other big Mercedes-Benz vehicle. Seemingly, all X-Class cars are availed in the 4-door crew cab setup while the bed out back mirrors one another.
Perhaps the taillight arrangement is the only aspect setting the production vehicle and its concept apart. We no longer find a solid strip of LEDs surrounding the bed. Although this might be a shame from a design point of view, it actually comes with its benefits. For instance, this will not only make taillight replacements and repairs much easier but it makes this vehicle a tad less expensive.
The interior of the 2018 Mercedes-Benz X-Class conveys a large chunk of innards, including the vents, steering wheel and floating infotainment screen. As per the images that we saw during the launch event, its automatic shifter looks obsolete and a bit low-class. Some plastic cladding will border the car’s conventional stick-type shifter.
2018 Mercedes-Benz X-Class – Engine Variants
The first probable motor of the 2018 Mercedes-Benz X-Class is a V-6 diesel that yields between 160 and 190 horsepower. A gas-powered version will also become available in some select markets. All the engines will sport the brand’s 4MATIC All-Wheel-drive system. The X-Class comes in three distinct trim options, which comprise Pure, Progressive and Power.
The X 200 model gets a 4-cylinder gas engine. This unit produces 165 horsepower and 176 pound-feet of torque. The other drivetrains are diesel, including an X 220D that is rated at 161 horsepower and 297 pound-feet of torque, as well as an X250D that is rated at 188 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque.
The range-topper is likely to carry a 6-cylinder diesel known as X 350D. This powertrain is rated at 257 horsepower and 405 pound-feet of torque. The supposed engine is geared to the highest-capacity X-Class model, which the automaker claims will have the capacity of carrying up to 1.1 tons of payload. It also has all it needs to tow around 3.5 tons on a hitch.
2018 Mercedes-Benz X-Class – Debut Date and Cost
The 2018 Mercedes-Benz X-Class goes on sale in November this year. It will be availed in Australia, Europe, South America and South Africa. The Mercedes is yet to confirm whether or not the X-Class comes to the United States. As far as the price tag goes, the 2018 Mercedes-Benz X-Class starts at $44,000.