The Mercedes-Benz X-Class makes its way into life
The one-of-a-kind 2018 Mercedes-Benz X-Class Pickup has solemnly premiered at the 88th Geneva International Motor Show, which continued from March 8 through March 18. Debuting in South Africa earlier this year, this Nissan Navara’s sibling proved its effectiveness within the segment. Finally, this trusty beast vehicle boasts advanced technological tools and a blow-up chemistry of bumpy off-road adventure and smooth on-road experience.
This new pickup is a product of fruitful cooperation between the German company and Alliance Renault Nissan. It uses the NP300/Navara platform, sharing it with Renault Alaskan as well. However, it is not about Nissan getting Mercedes-Benz clothes on. In fact, the Mercedes-Benz team of engineers has made quite a number of adjustments throughout the suspension architecture, in keeping with their own idea of what a ride in their premium pickup should feel like.
The undercarriage has quite a complex structure and comprises double-wishbone front axle suspension and rigid five-link rear axle with long travel shocks. Both axles are equipped with coil springs, which add a share of comfort to the whole suspension. Given these technical characteristics, the X-Class is expected to demonstrate killer off-road and on-the-road performance and its exceptional usability both as a city and off-road vehicle.
There is the optional 20 mm to the standard 202 mm ground clearance and a wading depth of 600 mm. The angles of approach and departure are 28.8 and 23.8 respectively for standard bodies and 30.1 and 25.9 for models with an increased ground clearance. Also, this is the only car within the segment featuring vented disc brakes – a 32 cm one on the front and 30.8 cm one on the rear.
All trims feature a 6-speed gearbox, and vehicles equipped with diesel engines will have one with an optional automatic Start/Stop system. The X250d model will have a 7-speed gearbox.
At the start of the sale, most vehicles will feature the good old Nissan engines. The basic X220d comes with a 2.3 litre turbocharged one featuring the Common Rail and producing 163 hp; the X250d twin turbochargers produce 190 hp. Also, there will be a 2.5 litre gas-powered Nissan modification (X200) producing 165 hp.
Diesel trims, apart from rear-drive modes, will feature a 4Matic system, which activates the front-drive mode, and the gas-powered one has a rear-wheel modification only.
Finally, the top model (V6), which is to be released by the middle of 2018, will feature a Mercedes Benz 3 litre 258 hp signature diesel engine. It is going to be a fully four-wheel-drive (4Matic) one with the automatic 7G Tronic Plus gearbox, steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters and the ECO Start/Stop system. The five-mode Dynamic Select system will present a range of driving mode options to satisfy individual comfort preferences - from smooth and relaxed to highly sporty.
The basic trim boasts the Electronic Stability Program (ESP), Brake Assist System (BAS), Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD), Anti-Lock Braking System and Anti Slip Regulation systems. The vehicle is packed with advanced driving assist systems, which include lane control, cross-traffic function, traffic sign assist, rearview and panoramic view systems, trailer stability assist, etc.
Within the pickup segment, the Mercedes-Benz X-Class has pioneered in the use of a communication module with an SIM card. The system syncs the vehicle with a smartphone via Mercedes Me Connect. Also, the vehicle uses the Live Traffic Information, which provides real-time data on traffic.
The interior meets all Mercedes Benz standards with the dashboard combining advanced C-class and V-class solutions. There are three main trims: Pure, progressive and Power, which differ in upholstery and infotainment; there are optional packages to meet individual interior concepts (wheel discs, moldings, etc.)
The new Mercedes Benz X-Class is going to be manufactured at Nissan Motor Iberica SA in Barcelona, Spain, and later at the Renault plant in Argentina.