Mercedes-Benz unveils new X-Class luxury pick up

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Mercedes-Benz this week launched its X-Class luxury pick up and while it wont be on sale in Thailand in anytime soon, if you can wait it may well be worth it.

The Mercedes-Benz X-Class luxury pickup will go on sale in November this year in Europe, Australia and South Africa and has been jointly developed with the Nissan-Renault Alliance with lots of similarities to the Nissan Navara and Renault Alaskan.

The X-Class is expected to be manufactured in both Spain and Argentina and will come complete with a 1.1 tonnes payload with 3.5 tonnes towing ability. Of course, being a Mercedes, it combines workload with luxury with the cabin decked out like their passenger cars.

From the launch date, there will be two 2.3 litre diesel engines giving either 163hp or 190hp with a 258hp, V6 diesel version expected to be announced in 2018.

The vehicle will be 5.34 metres in length with a long wheelbase of 3150mm resulting in a load bed length of 1587 and Mercedes say the cargo area is big enough to transport 50 barrels of beer.

There will be three trims available – Pure, Performance and Power and not surprisingly will be aiming at the top end of the truck market. The X-Class will have independent front suspension as well as the more conventional Mercedes’ safety features such as Active Brake Assist, Lane Keeping Assist and Traffic Sign Assist.

Other options will include the Mercedes COMAND infotainment system with the top of the range X-Class comes with seven-speed automatic transmission with multi-mode drive programme.

Mercedes-Benz X-Class-2

“The segment for mid-size pick-ups is ripe for a premium vehicle,” said Dr Dieter Zetsche, chairman of Mercedes. “With the X-Class we will open up this segment to new customer groups, just as we redefined the off-road segment with the M-Class more than 20 years ago.

“Our pick-up convinces as a workhorse, yet also as a family and lifestyle vehicle. In short, The X-Class is the Mercedes among pick-ups.”

Unfortunately, Mercedes has said it has no plans to sell the X-Class in Thailand, although the German car maker may explore selling a version here in 2019, it has been reported.

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