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Mercedes X-Class double-cab bakkie heading for South Africa

Friday 04 November 2016

Mercedes X-Class double-cab bakkie heading for South Africa 
Premium German automaker Mercedes has announced the arrival of the Mercedes X-Class unveiled in Stockholm in October. Set to be launched in South Africa early in 2018, the X-Class will be the first Mercedes-badge bakkie to be sold in South Africa since 1955.

 

Explorer vs Adventurer
The double-cab Mercedes will be available in two trims: the design-focused Stylish Explorer and its rugged brother, the Powerful Adventurer. Each offers its own set of credentials with architecture based on Nissan’s Navara, but everything else distinctly Mercedes.  


 
Premium Power
The X-Class will offer power a plenty with its headline act a 3.0-litre V6 diesel engine mated with the company’s all-wheel drive system. Two other engines will be available: a smaller 2.3-litre four-cylinder turbodiesel and a 2.5-litre four-cylinder petrol. Power figures have yet to be revealed. Drivetrains on offer will be a manual and a 7G-Tronic automatic. 



 
Added Luxury 
Not bothered by the idea that a bakkie should be rugged throughout, Mercedes didn’t hold back on fitting the X-Class with a classy interior. The Stylish Explorer boasts dual-tone leather while the Powerful Adventurer boasts carbon-fibred elements. 'Nubuck' leather is used to trim the seats and dashboard in addition to contrasting white nappa leather. Cameras, radars, ultrasound sensors and driver assistance systems will enhance safety and comfort. 
 
 


Will It Work?


The popularity of the X-Class will come down to whether South-Africans would buy a bakkie with leather seats and a designer dashboard. The X-Class could be a hit with city dwellers, but whether a Karoo farmer would buy one remains to be seen.