2018 Mercedes-Benz X-Class scores 5-star ANCAP safety rating

The Mercedes-Benz X-Class has scored a full five-star ANCAP rating, while also becoming the first ute with autonomous emergency braking (AEB).

Due to hit the local market from April 2018, the Mercedes-Benz X-Class is based on the Nissan Navara chassis, but extensively re-engineered by the three-pointed star brand. The donor vehicle also scored the full rating upon its debut in 2015, so it was a strong foundation from a safety standpoint.

Under ANCAP’s new scoring regime, the X-Class scored 34.5 out of 38 for adult occupant protection, or 90 per cent. It also scored 87 per cent for child occupant protection, 80 per cent for pedestrian protection, and 72 per cent for safety assist which includes speed assistance systems, seat belt reminders, lane support systems and autonomous emergency braking. ANCAP CEO James Goodwin said:

“This is a game-changer for the ute market and puts pressure on competing brands. The light commercial vehicle segment has generally lagged passenger cars and SUVs with regard to safety specification, so the inclusion of AEB as standard across the X-Class range is to be commended.”

When it arrives in April, the X-Class will be available in three grades; Pure, Progressive and Power, in two and four-wheel drive variants. Prices start from $45,450 and go up to $64,500. While initially only a 2.3-litre twin-turbo diesel with 140kW and 450Nm will be available, a 3.0-litre turbo-diesel V6 will join the range later to give Mercedes-Benz a rival to the Amarok V6. The X 350 d will be offered exclusively with 4×4.

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Check out the video after the gallery below to see how well the new Mercedes-Benz X-Class performs during crash testing. The full ANCAP report can be read here.

Mitchell is a contributing journalist at PerformanceDrive. He has been a passionate petrol-head from a very young age. He is excited by the future of the industry, and considers himself as a bit of a fanatic when it comes to the technical aspects of cars. He is also fascinated by new cars that are popping up in developing markets.