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Now it’s time to start getting excited!
The off-road ready Mercedes-Benz X-Class concept that debuted last year in Sweden, is now production ready and all set for a July 18 unveiling. To ‘set the mood’ Mercedes-Benz has released a video teaser that you can check out at the end of this article.
The Mercedes-Benz X-Class will be taking aim at a mark well above 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.
The X-Class will use Nissan’s Navara platform and Mercedes has previously confirmed that both petrol and diesel six-cylinder power, 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.