Mercedes-Benz Australia have announced local pricing and specifications for the eagerly anticipated Mercedes-Benz X-Class.
The Nissan Navara based Mercedes-Benz X-Class will be priced from $45,450 (plus on road costs) in the most basic four-cylinder diesel, rear-wheel drive guise. By way of comparison, the X-Class’ closest rival, the Volkswagen Amarok, is priced from $38,490- some $6960 cheaper than the Mercedes.
The price represents a $12,500 premium over the equivalent Nissan Navara which shares the same underbody and drivetrain. Aside from brand prestige, the X-Class will also benefit from several dynamic tweaks that will make the Mercedes more comfortable and capable on uneven surfaces.
To begin with, the X-Class will be offered in a choice of two 2.3-litre four-cylinder diesel engines- the entry-level, single turbo X220d with 120kW/403Nm or a twin-turbo X250d with 140kW/450Nm. Mercedes will also add a 190kW/550Nm 3.0-litre turbo-diesel V6 X350d to the range in mid-2018.
The X-Class line-up will be split across three model grades: entry-level ‘Pure’, mid-level ‘Progressive’ and the range topping ‘Power’.
The X-220d Pure will be available exclusively in rear-wheel-drive cab-chassis form. Those wanting a ute-back style will have to fork out an extra $950 ($46,400), while the all-wheel-drive variant will be priced from $50,400. Standard equipment in the ‘Pure’ range includes: 17-inch steel wheels, moulded black front bumper, electric rear-view mirrors, fabric seats, a 7.0-inch colour screen dashboard, reverse camera and lane-keep assist.
The ‘Progressive’ range will be available exclusively with the more powerful X250d powerplant. The cab chassis model will be offered in a choice of manual and automatic transmissions- priced from $53,990 and $56,850 respectively. Standard equipment in the Progressive range includes: Painted bumpers, 17-inch alloy wheels, heated exterior mirrors, rain-sensing wipers, satellite navigation, leather trim, and aluminium door sills.
The range-topping ‘Power’ specification for the X250d will be sold exclusively as a load bed chassis with pricing kicking off at $61,600 for manual and $64,500 for automatic. In addition to the advanced spec of the Progressive model, the Power range also includes: Chrome panelling on the front and rear bumper, 18-inch alloy wheels, LED lighting, Mercedes-Benz COMAND infotainment, electric front seats, keyless entry, and dual-zone climate control. Leather seats are a $1750 extra on the Power model- a box unlikely to be ticked by those using the X-Class for work.
The X-Class measures 5340mm long, 1920mm wide and 1819mm tall, with a payload of up to 1.1 tonnes and a braked towing capacity of up to 3.5 tonnes.
2018 Mercedes-Benz X-Class Pricing
X220d Pure cab chassis – $45,450 (RWD, manual)
X220d Pure load bed – $46,400 (RWD) and $50,400 (AWD)
X250d Pure cab chassis – $51,450 (manual) and $54,350 (auto)
X250d Progressive cab chassis – $53,950 (manual) and $56,850 (automatic)
X250d Progressive load bed – $54,900 (manual) and $57,800 (automatic)
X250d Power load bed – $61,600 (manual) and $64,500 (automatic)