The new Mercedes X-Class pickup truck is making waves and attracting attention as the first pickup truck ever made by a premium manufacturer. Premium manufacturer means premium technology, but it also means premium prices. Specs and prices have just been revealed, so let’s explore what you’ll pay and how much you’ll get in return.
Here’s a quick look at trims and prices:
- Pure: The entry-level Mercedes X-Class pickup model will start at £27,310. Drivers can expect 17-inch steel wheels, power-adjustable wing mirrors, and LED lights in the load bed. Suffice to say, Mercedes are probably hoping you’ll set your sights higher.
- Progressive: For around £3,500 more, the Progressive includes alloy-wheels, automatic wipers, load-bed storage rails, and a leather steering wheel.
- Power: Go another £3,500 for the Power. It comes with power-adjustable front seats, synthetic leather, LED headlights, and keyless start.
Specs are going to depend on your chosen engine. There’ll be either a 161bhp X220d or a 188bhp X250d. A larger 255bhp V6 diesel will join the line-up in 2018, making this the most powerful pickup in the United Kingdom. A manual gearbox comes as standard, with a convenient seven-speed automatic available for X250d customers.
Add-ons include soft and hard tonneau covers, a 360-degree camera, and a driving selector with Comfort, ECO, Sport, Manual, and Offroad drive modes. There will also be seven option packs. The Style Package, for example, will offer:
- Tinted Glass
- Electric Rear Windows
- Running Boards
- Roof Rails
- 19-Inch Wheels
- LED Exterior Lights
The Winter Package will provide heated seats and heated washer jets to help you cope with frosty British winters. You’ll even be able to increase the vehicle’s ground clearance by 20mm for £200 and add a hardy locking rear differential for £500, so the X-Class should be able to handle off-road work with confidence.
Every model will be a double cab, meaning four doors, front and rear seats, and the manufacturer’s celebrated 4MATIC selectable four-wheel drive as standard. Expect to carry up to 1.1 tonnes in the load bay, which will accommodate an industry-standard Euro pallet, and tow up to 3.5 tonnes. This is qualified as a commercial vehicle, so the tax rates will be on your side.
The Mercedes-Benz X-Class caused quite a stir when the concept was unveiled late last year, and it has clearly lost none of its potency during the transition from concept to production.