Mercedes-Benz recently held a world premiere event for its very first pickup truck, the X Class. The German marque is now the first premium brand to have built a pickup. The X Class will be an amalgamation of robustness and practicality of a pickup and the classic characteristics of a Benz - design, comfort, driving dynamics and safety. A first for the brand, the X-Class carries the signature Mercedes look with a centrally positioned star, twin-louvre radiator grille, a masculine bonnet and headlamps extending towards the wings.
Market launch of the X-Class will begin in November 2017 in Europe, followed by South Africa and Australia in the beginning of 2018, and then Argentina and Brazil in the beginning of 2019. In Germany, the X-Class is attractively priced at 37,294 Euro (approximately Rs 28 lakh). It will be available in three trims - Pure for classic rugged usage, Progressive for better comfort and Power, the high-end variant for a robust urban lifestyle.
The pickup truck, which will be powered by a top-of-the-range 258 hp V6 diesel, will be released mid-2018 taking the top position in the mid-size pickup segment. The market launch will start with the diesel X 220 d (163 hp) and X 250 d (190 hp) as well as a petrol engine (165 hp) in selected markets.
Customers will have plenty of accessories to choose from to add to style or its off-road capabilities, such as a styling bar, side bar, canopy, various covers as well as numerous cargo and off-road solutions – all developed and designed by Mercedes.
The X-Class will boast Mercedes standards of safety and comfort, along with ability to off-road with the engageable 4MATIC all-wheel-drive with low-range gearing and optional differential lock on the rear axle. Starting next year, the X-Class portfolio will also have a full-time all-wheel-drive variant as well.
The X-Class will come equipped with passive and active safety equipment, including Active Brake Assist, Lane Keeping Assist and Traffic Sign Assist, among others. In the picture: Wilfried Porth, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG, Human Resources and Director of Labor Relations, Mercedes-Benz Vans, (right) and Volker Mornhinweg, Head of Mercedes-Benz Vans (left)
Customers will be able to stay connected to their X-Class via their smartphones using Mercedes me connect. The app helps record useful information, such as the location of the vehicle or the fuel levels, etc.
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