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Mercedes-Benz has unveiled a pickup X-Class
20 July 2017, 12:58 | Yvette Williams
2018 Mercedes-Benz X-Class revealed
Mercedes-Benz has revealed the highly anticipated X-Class - a premium take on the pick-up truck class.
As promised last week, the new Mercedes-Benz pickup known as X-Class was finally unveiled today in its production version. A 165hp petrol engine completes the line-up, and in 2018 the new pickup will be available with a 258hp V6 petrol option. Initially the two entry variants will be released, with three main trims lines ranging from Pure, Progressive, and Power.
"With the X-Class we will open up this segment to new customer groups, just as we redefined the off-road segment with the M-Class more than 20 years ago".
The X-Class will be able to haul up to 1.1 metric tons in the bed of the truck (2,425 pounds), enough to transport 17 full 50-liter barrels of beer, according to the German automaker.
Bigger than the Navara, the X-Class is 5340mm long (up 40mm on the Navara) and 70mm wider, but actually sits a bit lower to add goal to its look. A six-speed manual or a seven-speed automatic transmission will pair the engine of your choice.
The X-Class will also be offered with an optional diff lock and a permanent all-wheel drive system will be available from mid-2018.
Mercedes claims the diesel has been developed to comply with future real-world emission regulations with a raft of innovative functions created to improve its efficiency, including a stepped-bowl combustion process, near-engine exhaust treatment and variable lift control camshafts for the first time.
X-Class will be offered in three trims - Pure, Progressive and Power, from lowest to highest.
Move on to the interiors and you'll notice more of the Mercedes-Benz design elements such as the 5.4-inch infotainment screen, a three-spoke steering wheel and power seats with lumbar support. Rear-wheel drive will come standard on most models but all-wheel drive will also be available.
The X-Class is built upon a ladder-type frame, rear multi-link solid axle, front independent wheel suspension and coil springs on both axles, all of which are shared with its Nissan Navara donor auto.
The pickup also has driver assistance safety systems such as lane-keep assist, traffic sign recognition and automatic emergency braking as well as access to the brand's internet connected auto services.