Mercedes-Benz Vans South Africa launches the range-topping X-Class V6

Brian Joss – Whether city traffic, twisting country roads, steep gravel tracks, or gravel roads, the X-Class impresses with its outstanding dynamism, assertiveness, and stylish appearance.

With a powerful six-cylinder engine, 7G-TRONIC PLUS automatic transmission, and 4MATIC permanent all-wheel drive, the new X350d 4MATIC flagship model develops 190 kW and a peak torque of 550 Nm.

The tough performance double cab completes the sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in 7.9 seconds. Permanent all-wheel drive ensures high levels of driving  stability and handling dynamics both on and off the road. With a choice of
engine and transmission response levels at the driver’s fingertips, from comfortable to sporty, the X350d 4MATIC offers the perfect blend of sportiness and practicality for an agile life packed with variety. Add the prestige and status of it being a Mercedes-Benz – voted as the “world’s most valuable premium vehicle brand for 2018” – and the result is quite simply the most powerful double cab on the market.

The demand for midsize double cabs with typical passenger car characteristics and comfort features has been steadily on the rise for years. At the same time, the number of double cabs for private use is increasing. They are no longer viewed purely as “workhorses”.

The 3.0-litre six-cylinder diesel engine with common-rail direct injection impresses with its sheer assertiveness. Its maximum torque of 550 Nm is available over a wide engine speed range from 1400 to 3200 rpm. This means that high torque is already available from low engine speeds. Whether for a sporty driving style, comfortable long-distance touring, or off-road driving in difficult conditions – the V6 always ensures serene and efficient

The 7G-TRONIC PLUS automatic transmission included as standard, complete with steering wheel shift paddles, operates with no interruption during gear changes. The wide gear spacing allows an individual driving experience via
the DYNAMIC SELECT system.

With a choice of five driving modes, the engine response can be changed by fingertip control – from relaxed and comfortable to sporty and dynamic.

There are three all-wheel-drive modes to choose from: 4MAT for increased vehicle dynamics, 4H for improved traction off-road, and 4L for tough off-road terrain. With the all-wheel-drive system and the suspension with its long spring travel and ground clearance of 222 millimetres, the X-Class V6 effortlessly climbs gradients of up to 45 degrees, fords water courses with a depth of up to 600 millimetres, and maintains its poise on inclines of almost 50 degrees.

With 1632 millimetres at the front and 1625 millimetres at the rear, the X-Class V6 has a wide track, providing the ideal prerequisites for optimum driving stability and higher cornering speeds. At 3150 millimetres, the wheelbase is also longer than in many midsize double cabs. This reduces vibrations during the journey and makes for smooth and reliable straight-line stability. 

With an anti-roll bar to reduce body roll, coils springs fitted to the axle to balance the comfort of suspension, and shock absorbers designed to be flexible in generating counter-balancing forces, the X-Class V6 offers its passengers a level of refinement on a par with the V-Class people carrier.

The X-ClassV6 features a comprehensive array of comfort and safety features seldom seen in this segment. The basis for the high level of occupant protection is provided by the particularly robust body shell with its high-strength passenger cell, plus a structure whose front and rear sections are able to absorb energy by specific deformation.

Two equipment lines for the X 350 d 4MATIC The X 350 d 4MATIC is available in the equipment lines PROGRESSIVE and POWER. 

The PROGRESSIVE line includes 17-inch 6-spoke light-alloy wheels, air vents in electroplated silver chrome, leather-lined steering wheel and parking brake, the infotainment system Audio 20, and an eight-speaker system, as standard.

Features in the high-end equipment line POWER include a simulated, chrome-plated underride guard in the front bumper, a chrome-plated rear bumper, 18-inch 6-spoke light-alloy wheels, LED High Performance headlamps, electrically adjustable seats, and the infotainment system Audio 20 with a multifunctional touchpad.

Mercedes-Benz Vans has designed an extensive range of accessories so that users can customise their individual X-Class V6 vehicles even further. If required, the design, functionality or off-road capability can be enhanced to suit specific needs. In addition to the new sports bar, which can be combined with a roll cover in black or silver, there is a choice of styling bar, hard cover, hardtop, stowage box, load bed liner, load-securing rails in the load bed, and an underguard protector.

CAPTION: Flagship: the Mercedes-Benz X-Class V6. Picture: Motorpress

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