When the Mercedes X-Class pick-up was launched final 12 months, it hit the bottom working because of the very fact it was developed from the Nissan Navara. It got here with a pair of potent four-cylinder diesel engine choices, however now the X-Class has been given extra energy to tug forward of the pick-up truck pack, courtesy of a V6 diesel motor.
Engineers have taken the three.Zero-litre single-turbo diesel usually discovered within the E-Class and fitted it to the X 350 d. They’ve additionally added a seven-speed auto field, everlasting four-wheel drive, and selectable drive modes to assist put the facility down. The truck will get a Volkswagen Amarok-matching 254bhp (in addition to 550Nm of torque), which suggests it’s able to Zero-62mph in 7.2 seconds and a high pace of 127mph.
Everlasting four-wheel drive is a primary for the X-Class, as a result of different fashions within the vary use a selectable system. There are three modes on provide; 4MAT for tarmac use, 4H for off-roading, and the low-range 4L mode for critically tough terrain. In 4MAT mode, energy is cut up 40:60 entrance to rear, whereas a rear diff lock can also be included with hill descent management for improved off-road responses. The 350 d additionally will get Dynamic Choose drive modes, with Consolation, Eco, Sport, Handbook and Off-Highway settings that may be chosen on the fly, though the Off-Highway setting solely works in 4H or 4L modes.
The X-Class V6 doesn’t get substantial visible modifications over its four-cylinder counterparts – the one clues to the brand new engine is the ‘V6 Turbo’ lettering emblazoned on the entrance wings and the X 350 d badge on the tailgate. However the gentle tweaks aren’t any unhealthy factor, as a result of the X-Class is a good-looking trying truck, with extra in frequent with the Mercedes passenger automobile vary than the Navara on which it’s based mostly.
It’s the identical story inside, as Merc’s tablet-style infotainment display sits in the midst of the sprint. As ordinary, the COMAND management wheel is positioned on the centre console, whereas the rotary air vents all give the X-Class an upmarket really feel. The standard of the cabin is a step forward of each different pick-up truck within the class – and with the V6 mannequin supplied solely in Energy trim within the UK, consumers received’t be left wanting for equipment, both.
On the street, the V6 packs actual punch. Flooring the throttle, and the seven-speed gearbox kicks down a cog and the large V6 roars into life. The mushy suspension makes the nostril elevate and rear finish squat on the similar time, giving the X-Class the texture of an old-school grand tourer. Mercedes additionally permits you to use the 7G-Tronic field in handbook mode by way of shifters on the steering wheel – and it’s a correct handbook, too, as a result of it holds the gear you’ve chosen and received’t kick down, irrespective of how arduous you stamp the throttle.
So the X-Class V6 is loads of enjoyable, however don’t count on it to again this up with sports activities automobile dealing with. The steering may be very gentle for such an enormous machine, and there’s not a lot suggestions via the controls, both. The mushy suspension means it pitches, rolls and wallows in corners should you attempt to push the bounds, too.
This implies you could sluggish the X-Class down to traditional pick-up truck speeds for the corners, which leads to you working the brakes fairly arduous in preparation. And with an extended pedal and an absence of chew, they really feel like they’re struggling to deliver this big machine to a halt notably rapidly.
The place the X 350 d actually is smart is on longer journeys. With the gearbox in auto and the Dynamic Choose system in Consolation, the X-Class turns into a quick, refined machine that eats up miles with ease. Similar to the remainder of the X-Class vary, this V6 model is definitely essentially the most comfy pick-up on sale.
Mercedes’ engineers have given it the type of journey consolation that rival vehicles can solely dream of, and there’s not one of the rear-end ‘bounce’ that they undergo from when the X-Class is unladen. Mix this with the engine’s on the spot response and the shortage of street or wind noise, and the X-Class is a succesful long-distance cruiser.
There are a few points with the X 350 d, although. Firstly, it doesn’t have the required one-tonne payload wanted for a double cab pick-up truck to qualify for gentle business car firm automobile tax within the UK, so it will likely be dearer for enterprise customers to run than a four-cylinder X-Class. Secondly, there’s the worth. This has but to be confirmed by Mercedes, however with the present top-spec four-cylinder diesel costing £40,920, it’s going to be steep. That places the X-Class on an analogous footing to the Mercedes GLC 350 d, and even when you think about the potential VAT financial savings, it would take some convincing to get consumers to go for this truck as a substitute.