- 05 Apr 2017
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Five Reasons Why the Mercedes-Benz X-Class Promises to be the Best Bakkie in its Class
What what will differentiate the X-Class from its competitors? Quite a lot, as it turns out.
1. The best of two worlds
The X-Class was revealed in the shape of two concept design variants to illustrate how it combines the best of two worlds. The first derivative of the Concept X-Class places aesthetics, styling and comfort above all else. It's shod with 22-inch Jimmy Choo equivalents, and inside you'll find smoked oak inserts, nubuck leather and polished aluminium. Perfect for carrying a load of firewood – and making a grand entrance at the theatre. Then, at the outer edge of extreme, is the second offering of the Concept X-Class. Its monstrous 35-inch lunar-spec knobblies (it's rumoured the production version will boast slightly tamer wheels) and acres of carbon interior trim make this a
true all-terrain vehicle to tackle the toughest routes.
2. It will be safer than any other bakkie
The X-Class shares its safety gear with its passenger siblings. So you can look forward to radar-based cruise control, 360-degree cameras, ultrasound and Mercedes-Benz's extensive suite of driver assists. Think S-Class with a load box.
3. It will out-handle any other bakkie
The X-Class's multilink rear suspension means supreme comfort instead of bumpy moments. This, combined with clever 4MATIC and intelligent traction systems, will make the X-Class feel as light-footed as an A-Class.
4. It's tough as nails
The X-Class' load-lugging ability is right up with the best. It's rated to carry 1.1 tons and tow an
additional 3.5 tons. A trio of engines is on offer – a three-litre V6 and 2.3-litre four-cylinder (both turbodiesels) plus a 2.5-litre petrol. These can be configured as 4x2 or 4x4 with centre and rear-locking differentials (naturally) with manual or automatic transmissions.
5. It's still a Mercedes-Benz
The X-Class is set to be the world's first premium bakkie, encompassing all the premium German auto manufacturer's values of styling, dynamism and comfort. Hop in, and if it weren't for the manual handbrake, you'd be forgiven for not even realising you're driving a bakkie.
Following the X-Class Concept reveal in October 2016, it's clearly time to say goodbye to the one-dimensional workhorse and hello to the exceptional multi-purpose bakkie. The production X-Class is being built in Argentina and Spain and is set to be launched in South Africa in early 2018.
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