Now that the new Mercedes-Benz X-Class is available to order in South Africa (check out pricing here), we thought we’d have some fun with the German brand’s local configurator. Yes, we’ve set out to see exactly how expensive we could make the current range-topper.
Bear in mind, of course, that the flagship V6 model (dubbed X350d) will not be available at launch, and is thus not included in the local configurator. We were therefore forced to build the poshest double-cab we could using the X250d 4x4 Power derivative – currently the most expensive bakkie in South Africa – as a base.
For the record, the (Navara-based) X250d uses Nissan’s 2,3-litre four-cylinder turbodiesel engine, sending 140 kW and 450 N.m to all four corners.
So, just how expensive could we make this derivative, which bears a base price of R791 315? Well, we added as many optional extras as the configurator would allow, taking the total to R930 055, or R935 155 once we'd factored in CO2 tax. Take note, however, that we excluded all accessories (such as the canopy with roof rails for R64 580, styling bar for R11 399 and silver andonised aluminium roll-cover for R30 924) from this exercise, since the system allows the user to select all, even if they clash.
The optional equipment we opted for included the seven-speed automatic transmission (R26 790), Kabara Black Metallic paint (R4 560), new 19-inch light-alloy wheels (R13 452), Nut brown leather (R14 820), Brown Woodgrain interior trim (R3 078), the Winter package (R5 130), the parking package (R14 820), the traffic assist package (R12 432), the Style package (R11 400), Comand Online (R26 500), pre-installation Garmin (R5 799) and a rigid trailer coupling (R6 840).
Standard features for this X250d 4x4 Power include heated seats, an eight-speaker sound system, LED headlamps, rain-sensing wipers, keyless go, cruise control, electrically adjustable front seats and leather treatment for the facia, steering wheel, gear-shifter and handbrake lever. Hiked ground clearance, a rear differential lock and a front axle differential are also included as standard.
While this was all just for a little fun, we’re interested to see how you would spec your ideal X-Class (ahead of the arrival of the V6, that is). Entertain yourself on the configurator here…
Ryan has spent most of his career in online media, writing about everything from sport to politics and other forms of crime. But his true passion – reignited by a 1971 Austin Mini Mk3 still tucked lifeless in a dark corner of his garage – is of the automotive variety.