Mercedes-Benz X-Class ute now on sale in Australia

The all-new, Nissan-Navara-with-different-panels Mercedes-Benz X-Class has officially arrived in Australia, bringing Mercedes flavour to a Japanese ute, built in Spain.

Mercedes-Benz Vans is handling the job of selling the new model and is initially offering it in two variant levels; the X 220 d and the X 250 d. Both use a Nissan 2.3-litre turbo-diesel, with the 250 getting an additional turbo. Outputs are unchanged from the donor vehicle, at 120kW/403Nm and 140kW/450Nm, respectively.

The local arm says the X-Class is off to a promising start, with 8000 punters apparently already registered their interest, “with some leaving deposits”. In a recent statement, Mercedes claims the X-Class is considered “one of the biggest vehicle launches” of the year.

Even though it is heavily based on the trusty Nissan Navara, the X-Class gets a bespoke nose with the company’s three-pointed star nestled proudly into a twin-tier grille. There’s also unique headlights and bumper bars, and different wheels. The door skins and roof are pretty much identical.

Inside, passengers are greeted with a modern Mercedes decor, with circular air vents, a dash-top tablet-style media screen, and various luxuries such as climate control, cruise control, and auto headlights and wipers, depending on the variant.

Being a Merc, there are of course plenty of options to choose from. Depending on the variant, there’s Garmin-based sat-nav, a leatherette trim package, digital radio, and alloy wheels in various sizes. All-wheel drive is fitted to most as standard, with diff locks to help when off-roading.

Later in the year Mercedes will be launching a V6 powertrain option, consisting of a 3.0-litre turbo-diesel producing 190kW and 550Nm. It’ll be available with a seven-speed automatic transmission only. Interestingly, this means Nissan could theoretically offer a V6 version of the Navara, depending on how friendly the partnership is between the two companies.

The new model is on sale now from the following prices (excluding on-road costs):

2018 Mercedes-Benz X 220 d Pure Cab Chassis RWD manual – $45,490
2018 Mercedes-Benz X 220 d Pure Load Bed RWD manual – $46,400
2018 Mercedes-Benz X 220 d Pure Load Bed 4MATIC manual – $50,400
2018 Mercedes-Benz X 250 d Pure 4MATIC Cab Chassis manual – $51,450
2018 Mercedes-Benz X 250 d Pure 4MATIC Cab Chassis auto – $54,350
2018 Mercedes-Benz X 250 d Pure 4MATIC Load Bed manual – $52,400
2018 Mercedes-Benz X 250 d Pure 4MATIC Load Bed auto – $55,300
2018 Mercedes-Benz X 250 d Progression 4MATIC Cab Chassis manual – $53,950
2018 Mercedes-Benz X 250 d Progression 4MATIC Cab Chassis auto – $56,850
2018 Mercedes-Benz X 250 d Progression 4MATIC Load Bed manual – $54,900
2018 Mercedes-Benz X 250 d Progression 4MATIC Load Bed auto – $57,800
2018 Mercedes-Benz X 250 d Power 4MATIC Load Bed manual – $61,600
2018 Mercedes-Benz X 250 d Power 4MATIC Load Bed auto – $64,500

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.

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