New Mercedes X-Class
Mercedes X-Class is the newest, boldest and most premium pick-up available. With two engine sizes, three trim levels and an array of technology only found on high-end luxury vehicles, this Mercedes pick-up is set to turn the previously humble pick-up into a must-have for the sophisticated vehicle owner, who likes to mix their pleasure or their business with their taste for comfort and luxury.
PURE, PROGRESSIVE and POWER. The three equipment levels available for the new Mercedes X-Class give you a few hints about how the manufacturer wants you to think about this new Mercedes pick-up. And with all those capital letters, Mercedes seems like it wants to shout about it too. But, why not? After all, Mercedes has now become the only premium vehicle manufacturer to go down the pick-up route and, we think you’ll agree, the Mercedes X 220d and Mercedes X 250d have an array of features that could only come from being a Mercedes.
What’s the X-Class made of?
Hiding underneath is the ladder chassis, the solid foundation of the Mercedes X-Class that makes it so stable and resistant to twisting. This is an essential prerequisite, of course, to handle its potential load capacity and its off-road abilities. Usually rear-wheel drive, add the Mercedes 4MATIC all-wheel drive and you can take the X-Class off-road, and if you ever encounter exceptionally tough conditions, there’s also a low-range mode to increase traction further. Also aiding traction is the set-up of the front axle with its independent suspension and coil springs. If off-road is your thing, then the comfort suspension will not only do as its name suggests and improve comfort, but it will also aid handling, and you would do well to think about the option to increase the ground clearance by 20mm to keep your underside safe.
Watch the official Mercedes X-Class video:
Mercedes X-Class Engines
The X-Class engine choice is limited to two options: the X 220 d 4MATIC producing 163hp and the X 250 d 4MATIC producing 190hp. Both engines use 4-cylinder common-rail turbo diesel technology, whilst the X 250 d comes with twin-turbo technology to improve its fuel consumption and performance. The Pure Line and the Progressive Line are available with either of these engines, but choose the Power Line version and you’ll get only the X 250 d power unit. There’s also a choice of a 6-speed manual transmission or a 7-speed automatic transmission.
Taking the load: X-Class Load Area
Presumably, you’re interested in a pick-up for what you can put in the back. The X-Class has a load capacity of 1,092kg, and can take items measuring up to 1,587mm long, whilst the load area is wide enough to handle a Euro pallet. With the water-resistant covering, the load bed is protected from damage, whilst there are rails to allow your load to be properly secured. Choose the Pure Line version and you’ll also get a tailgate that folds right down out of the way. And if that’s not enough space and you want to tow as well, the X-Class can pull up to 3,500kg. There are also a number of options for how you want your pick-up’s rear end, including a lockable hardcover, a lockable roll-cover and a hardtop with tinted windows.
There are nine paint finishes to choose from, including Diamond Silver, Bering White, Granite Green and Kabara Black. Then there are three alloy wheel choices, depending on the model version, whilst steel wheels come as standard on the Pure Line and are available as an option on the Progressive Line.
On the inside, depending on trim level, the three upholstery choices are: Artico man-made leather/Dinamica microfibre, nut brown leather and black leather, whilst you also have a choice of three interior trims: matt black pixel look trim, aluminium finish trim with longitudinal grain and matt brown woodgrain-look trim. And Mercedes isn’t without a sense of humour; choose the Progressive Line and you’ll get a little compass in the rear-view mirror, all ready to guide you through the mountains, perhaps.
There’s rather a lot of it really, either standard, optional or model dependent.
The Parking Package packs a 360° camera, so you can see all round, as you squeeze into tight spots, whilst the Parktronic system gives you a visual and audible warning of what you might be about to hit at the front or back.
Mercedes me is the X-Class’s connectivity gadget that works in-car or over your smartphone. It comes with an array of functions, like being able to remind you where you left your X-Class, contacting the emergency services after an accident and telling you all about how its more important components are feeling today. There are also live traffic reports, and access to apps for music, news and navigation. A neat feature is the ability to be alerted on your phone, if your X-Class leaves a certain pre-defined area.
However, Command Online is the main system available on board. It offers 3D maps for dynamic route guidance, based on prevailing traffic conditions on an 8.4” display – all under the control of a touchpad or using voice commands. There are the usual features you would expect of CD player, digital radio, Bluetooth and a USB port, as well as eight speakers with a 120W output on the Progressive Line.
Not as many active safety systems as you might expect from a car of this standard, but systems available on the X-Class do include:
- Lane keeping assist – standard from Pure Line
- Traffic sign assist – standard from Pure Line
- Active brake assist – standard from Pure Line
- Adaptive brake lights
- Multi-function steering wheel with 12 buttons
- Air conditioning
- Reversing camera
- Audio 20 CD system with 7” screen, Bluetooth and rotary controller with touchpad
- LED load area lights
- Rain sensor
- 8-speaker sound system
- Heated, adjustable exterior mirrors
- Front footwell lights with exit lamps
- Anchoring rail system along both sides of the load area
- Electrically adjustable front seats with lumbar support
- Keyless go
- Automatic climate control
- LED headlamps with cleaning system and LED brake lights and tail lights
- Electrically folding exterior mirrors
So, if you’re looking for all the prestige and sophistication of a Mercedes, but really need the practicality of a pick-up, the Mercedes X-Class could be for you. It will be interesting to see how well it sells.
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