New Vehicle News – Mercedes announces new X-Class Ute
Mercedes-Benz has given us a solid look at its new dual-cab – the X-Class. The Concept X-Class will possess all the strengths of a classic ute – tough, functional, strong, and with off-road capability. It will be launched in late 2017 under the name Mercedes-Benz X-Class. The key markets will be Argentina, Brazil, South Africa, Australia and Europe.
Dr Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the Board of Daimler AG and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars, says: “With the Mercedes-Benz pick-up, we will close one of the last gaps in our portfolio. The X-Class will set new standards in a growing segment.”
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“Our future X-Class will be a pick-up that knows no compromise. Ladder-type frame, high-torque six-cylinder engine and permanent all-wheel drive are compulsory for us. As an added value we bring safety, comfort, agility and expressive design – in other words, everything that distinguishes vehicles bearing the Mercedes star.”
Mercedes-Benz has promised that customers of the X-Class will be able to choose from different equipment levels and options to customise the exterior and interior. In addition, the premium brand will develop a special range of accessories for the pick-up.
The top-of-the-line model will be powered by a V6 diesel in combination with 4MATIC permanent all-wheel drive. The high-torque engine will provide high driving dynamics on the road and off the road. The all-wheel-drive system will combine an electronic traction system, a transfer case with reduction gear, and two differential locks. Under extreme off-road conditions, the rear differential and the inter-axle differential can be locked. The powerful drive system and the tough ladder-type frame will allow for a payload of more than 1.1T and a towing capacity of up to 3.5T.