The eagerly-anticipated Mercedes-Benz X-Class V6 is almost here and we have pricing for the flagship bakkie. Here's how much it will cost.
Mercedes-Benz's much-hyped first foray into the double-cab bakkie segment has not been a massive sales success. While its brand appeal, refinement and interior ambience are undoubted showroom successes, pricing, cabin ergonomics and rear passenger space are rather large bugbears. The arrival of the V6 version may solve some of the issues and after experiencing the X350d in Slovenia we think the X350d could be the pick of the litter.
After launching the X220d and X250d, it's time for the X350d to make landfall in South Africa. Powered by a turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 engine, it's important to keep in mind that unlike the 4-cylinder unit used in the X250d, this V6 is not borrowed from Nissan, but is a Benz engine, and similar to the unit used in the GLE SUV. It pumps out 190 kW and 550 Nm of torque, the latter figure spread across a rev band of 1 400 to 3 200 rpm.
From launch, there will be two levels of V6 trim; Progressive and Power. Progressive focuses on customers seeking "extra styling and comfort functions, while also being a comfortable yet prestigious vehicle for private or dual use", while Power is the flagship model for customers "or whom styling, performance and comfort are paramount."
Mercedes-Benz X350d Price in South Africa
Mercedes-Benz X350d Progressive R904 188
Mercedes-Benz X350d Power R973 188