Merc X350D moves the premium bakkie game up a level

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Even though Mercedes-Benz’s X-Class has yet to reach South African shores, it is still one of the most anticipated arrivals of 2018. In a pick-up made country like South Africa, it really is no surprise that the luxury pickup will be well received.

Mercedes-Benz has upped the ante though, with the addition of their range-topping X350d model. Whereas the other X-Class derivative features a retuned version of the 2.3-litre turbo-diesel in the Nissan Navara, the X350d gets an exclusive Mercedes built motor.

Its 3.0-litre V6 turbo diesel motor produces 190kw and 550nm (available from 1,400 and 3,200rpm), and sends power to all four wheels via a 7G-TRONIC Plus automatic transmission. The X350d also features Mercedes' 4MATIC all-wheel drive system as standard. 

Five different driving modes will be offered in the X350d, the first, dubbed Comfort, is the default setting but Eco, Sport, Manual, and Offroad models can also be selected. A start/stop function is active in all driving modes except Offroad. Three all-wheel drive modes are also available: 4H, 4L and 4MAT. 

Mercedes-Benz South Africa will launch the X-Class shortly, but the X350d will only arrive towards the end of 2018/ early 2019.

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