Mercedes-Benz Vans has finally announced the new X-Class Ute launch dates. Mercedes Benz X Class Ute will be launched in Europe in November this year and again in Australia in early 2018.
Dual Cab Utes are a growing segment of the market with the increasing car like qualities and comfort combined with the practicality and functionality of the Ute. Mercedes Benz is more than a little late to the party, however they claim the X-Class has been specifically developed for the changing requirements of the Ute market.
Managing Director Mercedes-Benz Vans Australia and New Zealand, Diane Tarr, said, “The high level of interest and anticipation in the lead up to revealing the new X-Class has been a reflection of just how engrained dual cab Utes are in both the Australian and New Zealand culture. The fact is we love Utes and we are showing a desire to incorporate this type of vehicle into our lives in more ways than we did in the past. Not just for work, but also increasingly for private use.
There are three design and equipment variants to choose from as well as four or six-cylinder engines, rear-wheel drive and engageable or permanent all-wheel drive, a six-speed manual transmission and a seven-speed automatic transmission. It consists of a ladder-type frame, rear multi-link solid axle, front independent wheel suspension and coil springs on both axles.
As for drivetrains, there are four engines confirmed:
- X220d – a 2.3-litre four-cylinder single-turbo diesel with 120kW of power and 403Nm of torque. This engine is sourced from the Renault-Nissan Alliance. Available in rear-drive or selectable four-wheel-drive, with a six-speed manual transmission only.
- X250d – a 2.3-litre four-cylinder twin-turbo diesel with 140kW of power and 450Nm of torque. This engine is sourced from the Renault-Nissan Alliance. Available in rear-drive or selectable four-wheel-drive, with the choice of six-speed manual or seven-speed automatic transmission.
- X350d – a 3.0-litre V6 turbo diesel with a class-leading 190kW of power and Amarok-equalling 550Nm of torque. Comes as standard with permanent 4Matic all-wheel drive and a seven-speed automatic with paddle-shifters and engine stop-start, not to mention Dynamic Select drive modes (comfort, eco, sport, manual and off-road). This drivetrain is from Mercedes-Benz and won’t be offered until mid-2018.
- X200 – 2.4-litre four-cylinder with 122kW of power and 238Nm of torque, only in left-hand drive, and only rear-wheel-drive.
Built on this platform, the distinctive X-Class design is available in three model variants to suit different lifestyles and work environments:
- The basic X-Class PURE variant is ideal for rugged, functional use. It fulfils all the demands of a “workhorse”. At the same time its comfort and design make it perfect for visiting customers or suppliers and for private activities
- The X-Class PROGRESSIVE is aimed at people seeking a rugged ute with extra styling and comfort functions – as a “calling card” for their own business, while also being a comfortable yet prestigious vehicle for private use.
- The X-Class POWER is the high-end design and equipment line. It is aimed at customers for whom styling, performance and comfort are paramount. The X-Class POWER is a lifestyle vehicle beyond the mainstream – suitable for urban environments as well as for sports and leisure activities off the beaten track. Through its design and high level of equipment it reflects an independent and individualistic lifestyle.
To register your interest: https://www.forms.mercedes-benz.com.au/vans/RYI-X-Class