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World premiere of new Mercedes-Benz X-Class in Cape Town

July 19, 2017

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Mercedes-Benz X-class – World premiere in Cape Town – 18 July 2017

Mercedes-Benz just unveiled its new X-Class bakkie to the world on 18 July in Cape Town after we got our first glimpse at the Geneva motor show earlier in March.

The Mercedes-Benz X-Class has been developed with the changing requirements of the pickup markets in mind. The demand for mid-size pickups with typical passenger car characteristics and comfort features has been steadily on the rise for years.

Mercedes-Benz X-class
Mercedes-Benz X-class

At the same time, the number of pickups for private use is increasing. They are no longer viewed purely as workhorses. Mercedes-Benz is taking these changes into account – based on its comprehensive experience and competence in developing commercial and off-road vehicles, such as the Unimog and the G-Class for tough operation, vehicles which are equally suitable for work or leisure, such as the V-Class and Vito, and passenger cars that uniquely stand for modern luxury and driving pleasure around the world.

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Mercedes-Benz X-class – Off-road

According to Mercedes-Benz, South Africa will be one of its essential markets for the X-Class. The Bakkie will face tough competition by market leaders Ford Ranger and Toyota Hilux, as well as VW Amarok, which is arguably the more distinguished package and perhaps more direct opposition.

The X-class bakkie will come in one petrol, and three diesel models starting with a four-cylinder engine going up to six cylinders in variants for different lifestyles and work environments. The PURE basic variant for classic robust use, PROGRESSIVE for higher requirements in terms of quality feel and comfort, and POWER as the high-end variant for urban lifestyles.

X 200 – 122Kw/238Nm (Petrol)
X220d – 120Kw/403Nm (Diesel)
X250d – 140Kw/450Nm (Diesel)
X350d – 190Kw/550Nm (Diesel)

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Mercedes-Benz X-class – Urban

4MATIC all-wheel drive with low-range gearing and optional differential lock on the rear axle will be on offer on all models, and a permanent all-wheel drive will complement the portfolio later in next year.

Mercedes-Benz X-class
Mercedes-Benz X-class

Like all Mercedes-Benz vehicles, but contrary to what is usually expected of pickups, the X-Class bakkie will stand out for its typical passive and active safety equipment. This will include Active Brake Assist, Lane Keeping Assist and Traffic Sign Assist, amongst others.

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Mercedes-Benz X-class – Interior 1

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Mercedes-Benz X-class – Interior 2

Market launch begins in November 2017 in Europe, with South Africa to follow at the beginning of 2018. (Starting price is expected to be in the region of R550,000)

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