Mercedes-Benz Vans South Africa says the X-Class double-cab bakkie is the “discerning farmer’s vehicle of choice”.

The local arm of the German firm made the comments ahead of the V6-powered X350d’s debut at Nampo, which it described as South Africa’s “most significant agricultural expo”.

“In the face of constantly growing agricultural needs, Mercedes-Benz Vans South Africa continues to offer economical and versatile vehicle solutions. The demand for industrious agricultural transport solutions are provided for by the Sprinter, Vito and X-Class,” said Nadia Trimmel, vice-president of Mercedes-Benz Vans SA.

“For more luxurious and leisurely applications, the V-Class is the perfect reward for those who toil on farms and other agricultural spaces. In short, Mercedes-Benz Vans South Africa has the ultimate working and leisure line-up for the farm or the town,” she added.

The firm said its 190 kW X350d would be “dominating the 4x4 track at the show, reigning supreme as the most powerful double-cab in South Africa”.

It’s not clear how many X-Class units have been sold locally since the bakkie’s launch in May 2018, since the German brand doesn’t report individual model sales.

News from April 2019, meanwhile, suggests Daimler’s new CEO has no plans to renew the German firm’s partnership with the Renault-Nissan Alliance, which means the next-generation Mercedes-Benz X-Class (assuming there is one) likely won’t again be based on the Nissan Navara.