Mercedes-Benz has announced pricing for its new X-Class range, confirming that the local line-up will comprise six derivatives at launch in May 2018.
Each of the six variants in the range at launch makes use of a 2,3-litre, four-cylinder turbodiesel engine. The unit in the X220d features a single turbocharger and sends 120 kW and 403 N.m to the rear wheels via a six-speed manual transmission, while the bi-turbo version under the bonnet of the X250d is worth 140 kW and 450 N.m.
This second, more powerful version of the four-pot diesel is offered in rear-wheel-drive form with a seven-speed automatic transmission and in 4×4 guise, fitted with a manual gearbox or an optional automatic. The V6-powered model, dubbed the X350d, will arrive locally at a later stage.
So, what sort of money are we looking at here? Well, the line-up – which features the Progressive and Power trim levels (no base Pure models here) – will start at R642 103. At launch, the flagship model will be the X250d 4×4 Power, which comes in at R791 315 in manual and R818 105 in auto, dethroning the Volkswagen Amarok 3,0 V6 TDI 4Motion Extreme (R784 400) as the most expensive double-cab bakkie in South Africa.
Of course, these prices exclude any optional extras and “dealer associated costs”, but will be effective from 1 April 2018 so include the new VAT rate of 15% and the latest CO2 tax values.
The X-Class will come standard with the Stuttgart-based brand’s PremiumDrive full maintenance plan, covering the bakkie for six years or 100 000 km. For what Mercedes-Benz describes as “a minimal cost”, customers can extend the maintenance plan to eight years or 180 000 km.
“The much-anticipated Mercedes-Benz X-Class is well positioned to elevate the South African bakkie segment to the next level. It will do this not only by offering a dynamic design paired with luxurious interior and unparalleled performance, but also by being perfectly priced,” said Nadia Trimmel, Head of Mercedes-Benz Vans Southern Africa.
“We are confident that no other bakkie can offer customers the level of comfort, technological leadership, functionality, premium quality, performance and reliability that the X-Class possesses,” she added.
Mercedes-Benz X220d 4×2 Progressive manual: R642 103
Mercedes-Benz X250d 4×2 Progressive auto: R694 025
Mercedes-Benz X250d 4×4 Progressive manual: R696 785
Mercedes-Benz X250d 4×4 Progressive auto: R723 575
Mercedes-Benz X250d 4×4 Power manual: R791 315
Mercedes-Benz X250d 4×4 Power auto: R818 105
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