Pickup trucks have been a common sight on British roads for decades, however there has always been a gap in this market. There have been no options for higher end customers who wish to withhold their status. Mercedes sets to change this with the introduction of the X-Class.
Sharing most of its underpinnings with the latest Nissan NP300 Navara, Mercedes significantly cuts its development costs while entering into a whole new market. The most evident of these shared aspects is the engine – the same 2.3-litre 4-cylinder diesel unit found in the Navara. You can have this with two power outputs, 163 or 190 hp in the X 220 d and X 250 d guises, the first mated to a 6-speed manual and the latter mated to a 7-speed automatic. All models come with 4MATIC all-wheel-drive.
For the hardy workhorse, buyers are likely to choose PURE trim. This comes with the essentials including air conditioning, black fabric upholstery, halogen headlights and 17-inch steel wheels. This is reserved for the X 220 d only, and costs from £27,310 excl. VAT.
Mid-trim PROGRESSIVE adds painted bumpers, aluminium door sills and 17-inch alloys giving it a more rounded finish. Other luxuries include heated door mirrors, an automatically dimming rear view mirror, a multifunction steering wheel and automatic wipers. This can be had from £28,510 excl. VAT with the X 220 d or £30,510 excl. VAT with the X 250 d.
Lastly we have POWER which only gets the X 250 d. This model resembles Mercedes’ passenger cars with the likes of LED headlights and tail lights, keyless go, power adjustable front seats, part faux leather upholstery and dashboard, electrically folding mirrors and 18-inch alloys. This model comes in at a hefty £34,100 excl. VAT before options.
All models come with a 7-inch infotainment system with Bluetooth and DAB digital radio, and can be upgraded with COMAND online for £1,470 excl. VAT and Garmin MAP PILOT for £405 excl. VAT.
A whole host of packages are available across the range starting with the Plus Package for PURE. This adds parking sensors and a load rail securing system for £700 excl. VAT. Other notable packages are the Parking Package (for PRO and POWER) for £570 excl. VAT which adds sensors and a 360-degree camera, Winter Package (for all models) with its heated seats and heated washer jets (£340 excl. VAT) and the Style Package for POWER models costing £1,345 excl. VAT with the likes of privacy glass, electric rear windows, roof rails and running boards, and upgraded 19-inch alloy wheels.