Mercedes-Benz X-Class Ute unveiled


Moving inside, the truck embraces Mercedes luxury by ditching most of the Nissan switchgear for Mercedes' materials, including wood and leather.

Mercedes-Benz unveiled its new X-Class bakkie at a world premier event in Cape Town on Tuesday evening.

The only demographic missing in its initial launch is Americans.

Mercedes X-Class will come in three trim levels, or model variants, created to suit different lifestyles, the company said Tuesday.

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Before anybody reading this in America gets too excited, the X-Class is only coming out in Germany and other parts of Europe this year.

The group said that South Africa will be one of its core markets for the X-Class, launching in what is already a thriving market led by the Ford Ranger and Toyota Hilux. Pure is for "rugged, functional use" says Mercedes while the Progressive trim is for buyers who want more styling and comfort.

Four engine and three transmission options will be available, starting with a small 2.3-liter four-cylinder diesel ranging up to a 258-horsepower V6 diesel. By early 2019, the truck will head to Argentina and Brazil.

The X-Class will be able to tow 7,000 pounds while its payload rating is stuck at 2,297 pounds. The remaining powerplants are diesel: an X 220 d rated at 161 HP/297 lb-ft and an X 250 d rated at 188 HP/332 lb-ft. Plenty of technology is also incorporated with lane-keep assist, active emergency braking, traffic sign recognition, and a 360-degree camera. The feature allows drivers access their truck via smartphone and call up information like fuel level, tire pressure, or where the vehicle is located while parked or being driven by someone else.