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.
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:
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- It should be a practical bakkie. Here’s why:
New X-Class vehicle dimensions
|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|
- It has a refined interior – the cabin comprises three trim levels, has leather seats and there are two roof line colours available.
- Its set to take on local bakkie stalwarts such as the Toyota Hilux and Ford Ranger
- It could be great off-road
- 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.
- Customers can add styling bars, side-bars, a canopy and covers for cargo and off-road use.