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Mercedes-Benz X-Class ute unveiled

Mercedes-Benz has extended its light commercial vehicle range with the launch of the new X-Class ute this week.

Developed with the international all-terrain market in mind, both left- and right-hand drive options are available from the start, meaning the X-Class could come to Australia as soon as 2018.

For the initial rollout in Europe, Mercedes-Benz said it will be offering the X-Class with two engine options – a 2.3-litre common-rail diesel rated at 120 kW (163hp) or 140 kW (190hp) and a four-cylinder petrol engine with 122 kW (165hp).

The 190hp version comes two turbochargers of different sizes which, depending on the engine speed, compress the intake air either singly or in combination.

A high-torque V6 diesel with 190 kW (258hp) – known from the he G-Class and E-Class – is expected to be released in mid-2018.

Both diesel engines will be available with Mercedes-Benz’ 4MATIC all wheel drive, whereby the front wheels can be engaged or disengaged electrically. From mid-2018, Mercedes-Benz will also make its pickup available with permanent all-wheel drive.

A robust ladder-type frame with closed longitudinal profiles and cross-members is meant to provide the basis for transporting heavy loads, with coil springs used on both axles, double triangle wishbones at the front and multi-link solid axle at the back.

On the safety front, the X-Class comes fully equipped with driver support systems such as Active Brake Assist, Lane Keeping Assist and Traffic Sign Assist.

Keeping up with the global telematics trend, Mercedes-Benz said X-Class customers are connected to their vehicle via smartphone at all times and can call up useful information such as the location of the vehicle or the fuel level, and navigate from door to door – allegedly making it the first intelligently connected mid-size pick-up truck.

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