FROM today, brand new X-Class utes will start hitting the road all over Australia, with an incredible 8,000 customers already registering their interest in buying the Mercedes-Benz vehicle, thanks in part to a very unique launch campaign.
Mercedes-Benz Vans invited legendary musician, actor, writer, comedian, television and radio host Henry Rollins, best known for his hardcore punk music and appearances on Sons of Anarchy to travel around Australia.
But it wasn’t just a road trip, Rollins journeyed across the country in an X-Class, creating a podcast and documentary called Tough Conversations, featuring interviews with real Australians about what it means to be tough.
The ute itself will be available with two different 2.3-litre turbocharged 4-cylinder diesel engines and a high torque V6 diesel. The X 220d will push out 120kW of power, while it’s bi-turbo cousin, the X 250d will load up 140kW.
The X 229d is available in rear wheel drive or with engageable all-wheel drive, while the X 250d is offered with engageable all-wheel drive only. Both come with a six speed manual, while a seven speed auto is offered with the X 250d as well.
The high-torque V6 diesel engine steps up to the plate with greater agility on and off road, generating a class leading 190kW of power and 550Nm of torque. The top X-Class
model will come with permanent 4MATIC all-wheel drive.
It will only be available with the 7G-TRONIC PLUS seven speed automatic transmission, and will be fitted with steering-wheel shift paddles, DYNAMIC SELECT and an ECO start/stop function.
All models in the range feature dynamic handling control and braking systems, extensive occupant protection, lane keep assist and active brake assist, among a host of safety features. It has a 3.5-tonne towing capacity and a 1-tonne payload.
It’s more than capable off-road and depending on which specification level you choose, comes bundled with a variety of technology options, including an outstanding SatNav and infotainment system, and a 360-degree camera system.
The 2018 Mercedes-Benz X-Class hits the road from $45,490 plus on roads. Three equipment levels; Power, Progressive and Pure define the range, with a host of configuration options available, some 13 in all.
It comes in Cavansite Blue, Axinite Bronze, Rock Grey, Kabara Black, Bering White, Diamond Silver, Danakil Red, Granite Green and Chisana White, with multiple interiors also available.