So, now that the dust is finally settling on the reveal of the new Mercedes-Benz X-Class (read all about it and see more images here), we can take a closer look at the new double-cab bakkie’s off-roading credentials.
According to the Stuttgart automaker, its X-Class – which is based on the Nissan Navara (check out a side-by-side comparison here) – will be available with two types of all-wheel-drive systems.
The X220d 4Matic and X250d 4Matic derivatives will feature “engageable” all-wheel drive. With this system, the front wheels can be engaged or disengaged by electric means, depending on the surface.
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From mid-2018, Mercedes-Benz says it will also make its pickup available with permanent all-wheel drive, offered exclusively in conjunction with the six-cylinder engine (in X350d 4Matic guise, then).
The automaker says both systems “benefit from the same superior assertiveness” off-road thanks to low-range gearing and the optional differential lock on the rear axle. All all-wheel-drive models also come with Downhill Speed Regulation as standard.
Here are some of the new X-Class bakkie’s claimed off-roading specifications:
- Fording depth: 600 mm
- Ground clearance: front axle 202 mm, rear axle 221 mm (for SA-spec suspension with raised ground clearance)
- Angle of approach/departure, front/rear: 28.8°/23.8° and 30.1°/25.9° (again, for suspension with raised ground clearance)
- Maximum tilt: 49.8° and 49° for suspension with raised ground clearance
- Ramp breakover angle: 20.4° and 22° for suspension with raised ground clearance
- Maximum gradeability: 100%