Ahead of its confirmed arrival in April, 2018, Mercedes-Benz Australia has announced model grades and pricing for the X-Class ute.
To be offered in both bodyside and cab chassis versions (depending on model grade), the initial lineup will be available with a 2.3-litre diesel four-cylinder engine, offered in single variable (X220d) or 2-stage (X250d) turbocharging. The difference is 120kW and 403Nm for the X220d against 140kW and 450Nm from the X250d.
Additionally, the X220d is only available with a 6-speed manual transmission, while the X250d can be optioned up with a 7-speed auto. RWD is standard on the X220d, with selectable 4MATIC AWD available as an option.
Some months after launch, the 2.3 diesel will be joined by a 3.0 turbo diesel V6 (X350d). With the 7-speed auto and permanent AWD as standard, the V6 delivers 190kW AND 550Nm.
X-Class model structure starts with the ‘Pure’ grade and rises through ‘Progressive’ to ‘Power’ as the top variant in the launch lineup. Presumably, the 3.0 V6 will occupy the Power slot upon arrival.
Mercedes says the wide track, long wheelbase and “comfortable” tuning for the double wishbone front and multi-link rear suspension open up a new world enjoyment and driving dynamics on the road, without compromising ability to handle the rough stuff when you leave the road. The suspension tuning will, according to Mercedes, deliver maximum offroad capability with the 4MATIC AWD system.
Pricing starts at $45,450 for the Pure X220d cab chassis with RWD and the 6-speed manual. The bodyside version of same adds $900. The Pure X220d AWD manual bodyside lists at $50,400.
With the X250d diesel, the Pure range jumps up to a $51,450 starting price for the AWD manual cab chassis and $54,350 for the auto. Bodyside variants are $52,400 for the manual and $55,300 for the auto.
The Progressive range starts with the X250d AWD manual cab chassis at $53,950 for the manual and $56,850 for the auto. Add the bodyside load bed to the Progressive and the pricing structure is $54,900 for the manual and $57,800 for the auto.
The top-sped Power is only available with the bodyside load bed (no cab chassis option) and lists at $61,600 for the manual and $64,500 for the auto. (All prices are MSRP and exclude ORCs)
Further specs are still to be revealed, but ground clearance is listed at 222mm and each grade is said to have a comprehensive array of active and passive safety features.