Don’t get too excited! It’s the off-road ready Mercedes-Benz X-Class concept that debuted last year in Sweden, the real deal production version isn’t due here until next year.
The Concept X-Class has been flown in from Germany for a number of promotional activities, including a series of photo shoots which placed the vehicle in typical Australian settings. The photos will be used for various promotional materials supporting the launch activities.
It also featured at the Mercedes-Benz Vans Australia and New Zealand National Dealer Conference held in Melbourne over the past two days. The dealer network received a detailed briefing on the vehicle from Christian Pohl, global Head of Product Management and Marketing for X-Class, who was also in the country supporting the local team ahead of next year’s official arrival.
When the production version of the X-Class arrives it will be taking aim at the top spec versions of the Ford Ranger, Toyota HiLux and Volkswagen Amarok. The Ranger Wildtrack and HiLux SR5 have been dominating 4X4 sales in Australia and prove beyond doubt, that there is serious demand for 4X4 utes that blur the line between luxury and utilitarian.
Mercedes has previously confirmed that six-cylinder power in both petrol and diesel, matched with 4MATIC all-wheel-drive, will feature heavily in the model line-up.
That could mean up to 195kW/650Nm if Mercedes uses its current V6 turbo-diesel. Four-cylinder engines (again, both petrol and diesel) are also expected to be available.
The X-Class will be competing against the current crop of dual-cab utes including its cousin, the NP300 Navara as well as the Ford Ranger, Mazda BT-50, Toyota HiLux, Holden Colorado, Mitsubishi Triton, Isuzu D-Max and of course the Volkswagen Amarok.