Mercedes says this is the first pickup of a top quality automaker (Lincoln and Cadillac might disagree). The base chassis base chassis is based on Nissan Navara, but Mercedes has made significant changes to improve the class X handling and handling, including a wider track, better shock absorbers and disc brakes on all four wheels. En route, in rear-wheel drive, the body remains remarkably flat and the passengers waterproof through tight turns. It feels almost as good as a well-sorted SUV despite its 210-inch length and its empty rear.
2018 Mercedes-Benz X-Class First Drive
The start of the off-road road, covered with loose stones and dry mud, calls four-wheel drive, activated while moving through a console button. The X250 mid-range 2.3-liter diesel diesel, coupled with a six-speed manual, puts its 190 horsepower on the ground with an audible roar, but the sound does not prevent too much in the well insulated cabin. More surprising is the speed at which the truck feels – official figures include a time of 0 to 62 miles per hour of 10.9 seconds and a maximum speed of 114 mph and how fast the driver feels comfortable driving On such uneven ground. Even when a wheel catches a rut or a deep rock, the well-defined configuration of the X class masks the impact inside the cabin in a brilliant way.
2018 Mercedes-Benz X-Class can also make the appropriate route. After stopping to select a four-wheel low-ratio transmission, the truck takes steep slopes, stops and begins mid-height easily with Hill Start Assist. It is also relaxed on the other side, thanks to the Mercedes legend titled simply Downhill Speed Regulation. A 100% differential lock for the rear axle is optional. These extreme-angle off-road maneuvers are facilitated by using the 360-degree camera view of category X. When the only view through the windscreen is from the sky, an additional camera mounted under the radiator grille helps the driver To see the floor via the 8.4-inch entertainment screen.
By going through a deep stream, it was not a problem – the official depth of the fork was nearly two feet – nor steep slopes. We have experienced two 40 degree tilt maneuvers, and Mercedes says it can arrange up to 49.8 degrees.
The interior space is good, and six feet can be seated one behind the other happy. A “staggered” ceiling at the back ensures a decent height. The rear slide behind the rear passenger’s head can be operated electronically from the driver’s seat. The cargo bed beyond this is 62.5 by 61.4 inches, good for a Euro pallet or 17 barrels of 50 liter beers.
The bad news for US customers is that despite occasional rumors speculating otherwise, Mercedes says it has “no plan” to offer this medium-sized pickup in the US. The automaker cites the dominance of vans and domestic players for this choice, viewing Latin America, Oceania, Europe and South Africa as more attractive markets. Maybe these markets are less price sensitive for medium-sized mics. The X class will cost $ 43,000 (37,294 €) in Germany from its November 2017 launch, but this is only for the battle horse stripped Pure trim. The best sellers will be the progressive upholstery, intended for customers who use the vehicle as much for leisure as for work, and electrical fittings, for individuals likely to go far from the road, preferring to keep their leather seats and their sewing Contrasting clean. These two models will probably cost the middle $ 50,000.
Despite these prices, 2018 Mercedes-Benz X-Class cabin finishes are disappointing. The trim has too much dark plastic from the dashboard to the doors, and no amount of vent vents inspired from the jet engine or concave wood net can hide the hard plastic finish of the chipping from a damp- Orange from the lower instrument panel directly below, even in the upper part. The gearshift and the air entourage seem low and profitable in a 2017 Mercedes interior too.
The X-Class range starts with the X220d, powered by a four-cylinder turbo-diesel 163 horsepower, 2.3 liters, with a six-speed manual transmission and a four wheel drive rear wheel. Then the X250d, with a twin-turbo version, 190 hp of the same unit, available with a manual or seven-speed automatic transmission. A small X200 166-horsepower gasoline will be limited to a few specific markets, including the Middle East, while a 258 hp X350d with a diesel V6 and a permanent four-wheel drive will only arrive in mid -2018.
This is not an alignment with the United States in mind, and unless Mercedes wants to find space in one of its North American factories (or Nissan), taxes on imports of Trucks will further hinder sales prospects. This is a disgrace because class X is a truck on road and off road really capable of being lowered by some interior finishes, surely resolvable at the stage of the mechanical lift. Meanwhile, American buyers looking for a high-end pickup will have to turn to the best versions of traditional brands.
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