Mercedes-Benz is set to unveil the new X350d 4Matic X-Class at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show. It was back in July 2017 when the brand first premiered its pickup which utilizes the chassis, as well as certain body panels, of the Nissan Navara. However this version is set out to be the most expensive one yet.
This new model has a six-cylinder engine and the 4MATIC permanent all-wheel drive. Specifically, the new X-Class is fitted with the turbodiesel 3.0-liter V6 engine that benefits from the common-rail direct injection. With this, it can deliver an output of 258 hp (190 kW) with top torque measured to be 406 lb.-ft. (550 Nm) and available at 1,4000 rpm and up to 3,200 rpm.
As a comparison, the highest specification of the biturbodiesel V6 engine fitted in the Volkswagen Amarok is only able to deliver 224 hp (165 kW). In addition, while the amount of torque is similar, it is available beginning 1,5000 rpm. Paired to this engine is the 7G-TRONIC PLUS automatic transmission having steering wheel shift paddles as well as the ECO start/stop function. This transmission has been modified to allow it to transmit 60% of the available torque to the vehicle's rear wheels to result in a rear-based configuration, highly suitable especially for a pickup truck.
The latest offering from Mercedes has the DYNAMIC SELECT system which offers five driving modes which are Comfort, ECO, Sport, Manual, and Offroad. It should be noted that under the Offroad mode, the ECO start/stop function cannot be used. The switch for this system is positioned in the central control panel on the vehicle's center console. The chosen program is displayed as a status and once changed, appears for a rather short time on the multi-function display placed on the instrument cluster.
While pickup owners may not necessarily put too much focus on acceleration, Mercedes disclosed that the X350d 4Matic can go from standstill to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 7.9 seconds and can reach a maximum speed of 127 mph (205 km/h). In addition, a low-range reduction gear is made available with the option to configure it with rear axle locking differential. This would enable an increase in the traction regardless of the type of surface. The 4Matic system also gets to experience the advantages offered by the two-stage transfer case. Three selectable drive modes are offered and at the preference of the customer, it can have 100% differential lock.
Ground clearance meanwhile is impressive at 8.7 inches (222 mm) with the ability to climb gradients as high as 45 degrees. Fording depth on the other hand is almost 24 inches (600 mm).
According to Mercedes, the new X350d 4Matic X-Class will be available in Europe towards the middle of 2018 under the Progressive and Power trims. Price for the German market has been set at around $65,200 (€53,360), which already includes VAT.