21 Nov 2017 | 02.53 pm
Mercedes-Benz Launches X-Class Pickup
Seven dealers around the country
21 Nov 2017 | 02.53 pm
The Mercedes-Benz X-Class pickup –the first venture by the German vehicle manufacturer into this light commercial vehicles segment – has been launched on the Irish market and is being sold through a seven-strong main dealer network.
The dealers are Sligo based Connolly Motor Group, Cork Truck Services, Gilmores of Kingscourt, Kinahan Commercials in Moate and three Dublin city outlets – MSL Grange at Pottery Road, Deansgrange, MSL Park Motors on North Circular Road and MUTEC on Long Mile Road.
Fergus Conheady, sales manager for Mercedes-Benz commercial vehicles, commented: “The X-Class is designed to suit all lifestyles and work environments. It comes in three model variants – PURE, a basic variant for classic robust use; PROGRESSIVE, a crossover variant in terms of quality feel and comfort; and POWER, a high-end variant designed for urban lifestyles.”
The entry level X220 4×2 PURE is priced at €39,950, inclusive of VAT and VRT.
Across the three design and equipment lines, owners can choose from nine exterior colours and a variety of 17, 18 or 19-inch wheel rims. The three choices of cockpit trim include two leather options with contrasting topstitching. According to Conheady, all-wheel drive equips the X-Class to handle any surface. Next year a permanent all-wheel drive version will be available.
Passive and active safety elements include Active Brake Assist, Lane Keeping Assist and Traffic Sign Assist. The instrument cluster consists of large, analogue round dials from the C-Class and V-Class range that, in both versions, are tubular in form with a 7-inch colour multimedia display positioned between the dials.
Powering the X-Class is a 2.3-litre, high-torque, common-rail diesel engine with a choice of two power outputs – 120kW/163hp in the single turbocharged X220d, and 140kW/190hp in the biturbo X250d. Six-speed manual transmission is standard with seven-speed automatic transmission available for the X250d 4MATIC models.
Mercedes-Benz says that the X-Class can haul a payload of over 1 tonne. Towing strength up to 3.5 tonnes gives it power to pull a trailer containing three horses or an eight-metre yacht. The only mid-size pickup equipped with lighting in the cargo area as standard, the load bed is designed wide enough to fit a Euro-pallet between the wheel arches.