Just one year after being announced as a concept, Mercedes-Benz's first pick-up - the X-Class, has been launched with prices starting under £35,000. The X-Class, marketed as the world's first 'premium' pick up truck, will be available in Europe from November 2017.

Mercedes-Benz Vans, the commercial vehicle division of the luxury German marque claims their latest offering "pushes the boundaries of the classic pickup". The all-new X-Class is available with two diesel engines (220d & 250d) and one petrol engine at launch - with a 258bhp V6 diesel engine joining the line-up in mid-2018. Customers also have the choice of rear-wheel and all-wheel drive 4MATIC versions, and a choice of a six-speed manual or seven-speed automatic transmission. The customisation doesn't stop there; buyers of the X-Class pick-up can choose from six different seat coverings - including two leather options, plus a wide range of genuine Mercedes accessories are also available for X-Class. According to the official Mercedes-Benz Vans press release:

 X-Class is available in three model variants to suit different lifestyles and work environments:

  • The X-Class PURE basic variant is ideal for rugged, functional use. It fulfils all the demands placed on a workhorse. At the same time its comfort and design make it perfect for visiting customers or suppliers and for private activities.
  • The X-Class PROGRESSIVE is aimed at people seeking a rugged pickup with extra styling and comfort functions – as a calling card for their own business, while also being a comfortable yet prestigious vehicle for private use.
  • The X-Class POWER is the high-end design and equipment line. It is aimed at customers for whom styling, performance and comfort are paramount. The X-Class POWER is a lifestyle vehicle beyond the mainstream – suitable for urban environments as well as for sports and leisure activities off the beaten track. Through its design and high level of equipment, it reflects an independent and individualistic lifestyle.

The X-Class also packs impressive technology; as well as active brake assist, lane assist and traffic sign technology, the latest Mercedes model includes advanced smartphone connectivity at all times, able to call up useful information including the location of the vehicle or fuel level, and navigate from door to door.

X-Class is expected to launch in South Africa, Australia and New Zealand at the beginning of 2018, followed by Argentina and Brazil the following year.

Mercedes-Benz Vans launch X-Class pick-up

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