Brabus tunes the Mercedes-Benz X-Class truck to be sportier, more practical!

Article by Christian A., on May 16, 2018

For those of you who are not aware, the Mercedes-Benz X-Class is exactly the same model as the Nissan Navara, except it is dressed in fancier clothes while featuring some additional technology too. Also, the X-Class has been offering a more powerful six cylinder diesel engine since March.

Since there isn’t much of a difference between the two, there are some customers who are not willing to spend quite a bit more on the Mercedes-Benz X-Class. Instead, they opt for the more mainstream version. Nonetheless, the world’s largest aftermarket tuner, Brabus, has created a tuning package for this truck that might convince them to reconsider.

Brabus has developed a full-on exterior and interior kit for the X Class, giving it a sportier look while improving on its practicality. Among the add-ons are new LED markers built into the front bumper and another lighting module with twelve diodes on the roof, which is activated with the high beam. The revised fascia then gets a new grille design, and in the back is a set of chrome tailpipes.

The X Class now has a more distinctive face, where a Brabus front element is centrally positioned in front of the radiator grille, giving the pickup a more aggressive look. As mentioned earlier, the grille now has a honeycomb design, together with even more striking visual effects. The designers also integrated three precise fit Brabus elements into the recesses. Brabus also made a unique set of two-tone, 20-inch one piece wheels that come with seven pairs of twin spokes.

When it comes to performance, the X Class is powered by a retuned 2.3-liter diesel engine under the hood. It is the X 250d version, and not the new six cylinder one, which produces 211 horsepower (155 kilowatts) and 376 pound feet (510 Newton metres) of torque, available between 1,500 and 2,500 rpm.

This is an additional 21 hp (15 kw) and 42 pound feet (60 Newton metres) of torque from before. After all the changes, the pickup will be able to do the 62 mile per hour (100 kilometers per hour) sprint in only 11.5 seconds from a standstill. Brabus has also confirmed that it is already working on a performance upgrade for the more potent top-of-the-range X 350d model.

Of course, the tuners decided to rework the interior as well, but the revisions inside the cabin are minor and include stainless steel scuff plates and sporty aluminium pedals and footrest. To personalize it, customers can dress the cabin of the X Class in a number of different upholstery designs and colour combinations. Of course, they will only be offering the finest leather and Alcantara.

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Brabus Mercedes-Benz X-Class

To give the first Mercedes-Benz pickup an even more custom and exclusive appearance, the BRABUS designers developed a designer suit with sporty-elegant styling. Its manufacture using Pur-R-Rim ensures OEM quality and thereby a precise fit and problem-free painting.

Strategic detail touch-ups give the X-Class an even more distinctive face. A BRABUS front element centrally positioned in front of the radiator grille lends the pickup even brawnier looks. The integrated mesh takes up the honeycomb design of the production grille in the front fascia. To give the underride guard at the underside of the front fascia an even more striking visual effect, the designers integrate three precise-fit BRABUS elements into the recesses.

The BRABUS add-on parts for the front fascia give the four-door with cargo bed a more dynamic appearance. What is more: The integrated LED side markers enhance the active safety in addition.

The BRABUS lighting module for the roof of the X-Class offers exciting looks and further enhanced safety thanks to the increased light output. This precise-fit component features twelve powerful LEDS on either side, which provide even better illumination of the roadway in the dark when the driver activates the flashers or high beams. Four tailpipes in the striking design of a BRABUS sport exhaust lend the pickup an extravagant rear appearance.

The exclusive looks are of course rounded off with tailor-made BRABUS Monoblock X wheels developed specifically for this pickup. Seven pairs of twin-spokes offer an optimal combination of high strength and attractive design. The striking wheel styling is further characterized by the contrast between the black paint finish and the polished surfaces on the spokes and the outer flange. The one-piece wheels of size 9Jx20 are shod with 285/45 R 20 high-performance tires supplied by BRABUS technology partners Continental, Pirelli or YOKOHAMA.

BRABUS offers the world’s most extensive lineup of engine tuning for Mercedes-Benz automobiles. For the X 250d, the BRABUS powerplant engineers developed the BRABUS D4 PowerXtra performance upgrade.

After the simple plug-and-play installation of the tuning module, which can be done by any authorized Mercedes-Benz workshop in under an hour, the 2.3-liter four-cylinder turbodiesel puts out an extra 15 kW / 21 hp (20 bhp) and produces 60 Nm (42 lb-ft) more torque.

With a peak output of 155 kW / 211 hp (208 bhp) at 3,500 rpm and a bullish torque of 510 Nm (376 lb-ft), on tap constantly between 1,500 and 2,500 rpm, the pickup accelerates from rest to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 11.5 seconds. However, even more important for daily driving is the further increased pulling power of the turbodiesel engine.

A BRABUS performance upgrade for the soon to be launched X 350d top-of-the-range model is already in the development phase.

Another BRABUS specialty for the new Mercedes X-Class is the development of exclusive options for the interior. The product lineup includes stainless scuff plates as well as BRABUS aluminum components such as pedals and footrest.

To create interior appointments tailored to the personal requests of the customer in every detail, the company upholstery shop fashions BRABUS fine leather interiors in a virtually endless variety of colors and designs, using only the finest leather and Alcantara.

Source: Brabus

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