10 Things You Need To Know About The Mercedes-Benz Bakkie

Siboniso Mawandla | The Republic Mail

By MJ Majuru

It has been quite a week for bakkie fans as Mercedes-Benz debuted its new X-Class in Cape Town on Tuesday.

Premium bakkie

The X-Class, touted as world’s first “premium double-cab bakkie”, will arrive locally in 2018.

The global launch will take place in October 2017. The price? According to the automaker: “The Mercedes-Benz pick-up is attractively priced in the segment and is available in Germany from €37 294. Further market-specific prices will be made known successively.”

Here are 10 things you need to know about the X-Class:

  1. There are three 4-cylinder engines and a single 6-cylinder unit as follows:

X 200 – 122kW/238Nm

X 220 d – 120kW/403Nm

X 250 d – 140kW/450Nm

X 350 d – 190kW/550Nm

  1. It’s fitted with engage able 4MATIC all-wheel drive (with low-range) and optional differential lock. Permanent all-wheel drive will be available from 2018.
  2. There are three trim levels– Pure for utilitarian use, Progressive for quality feel and comfort and Power as the high-end variant for urban lifestyles.
  3. It could be a decent workhorse with a payload of up to 1100kg. The load area also offers LEDs to help illuminate the area and it’s fitted with a 12-volt socket for power tools.
  4. It should be a practical bakkie. Here’s why:

New X-Class vehicle dimensions

Dimensions Details
Braked towing capacity (depending on engine and equipment) 1650-3500 kg
Load bed height 474 mm
Load bed length 1587 mm
Load bed width 1560 mm
Maximum payload capacity 1042 kg
Vehicle height 1819 mm
Vehicle length 5340 mm
Vehicle width 1920 mm
Wheelbase 3150 mm

 

  1. It has a refined interior – the cabin comprises three trim levels, has leather seats and there are two roof line colours available.
  2. Its set to take on local bakkie stalwarts such as the Toyota Hilux and Ford Ranger
  3. It could be great off-road
  4. X-Class customers can connect to their vehicle via a smartphone and can access information such as the location of the vehicle, fuel range and navigation.
  5. Customers can add styling bars, side-bars, a canopy and covers for cargo and off-road use.