Mercedes-Benz X-Class combines the brand’s heritage and its expertise in making go-anywhere vehicles.
With a robust build and Mercedes’ new ‘hot and cool’ design philosophy, the X-Class commands a young yet upmarket look. Powered by a high-torque V6 diesel mated to 4Matic permanent all-wheel drive, the vehicle is expected to be a capable of towing up to 3.5 tonnes and carry a payload close to one tonne. The X-Class also boasts an electronic traction system, a transfer case with reduction gear and two differential locks. Under extreme off-road conditions, the rear differential and inter-axle differential can be locked, allowing drivers to get out of sticky situations with ease. For a smooth ride both on and off the tarmac, there’s specially-constructed suspension and wide axles plus a five-link rear axle with coil springs with a precisely calculated spring/damper set up.
For the global preview to the X-Class, Mercedes-Benz showcased two innovative concepts—the elegant metallic white X-Class Stylish Explorer and the X-Class Powerful Adventurer with massive 35×11.50 tyres, front and rear underride guards, and an electric winch. The Mercedes-Benz X-Class will be manufactured in collaboration with Renault-Nissan at the Nissan plant in Barcelona for the European, Australian and South African markets. For Latin America, the Renault facility in Cordoba Argentina will begin manufacturing from 2018. Prices and variants will be announced at the time of launch in 2017. If Mercedes-Benz India does bring this beast to our shores, it’s sure to find takers.