Mercedes-Benz announces $80k turbo-diesel V6 ute

It’s been confirmed, the most expensive factory-delivered production ute will land in Australia in December. We’re talking about the Nissan Navara-based Mercedes-Benz X 350 d V6.

The X 350 d will hit the market featuring a 3.0-litre turbo-diesel V6 that produces 190kW and 550Nm. It’ll be the most powerful ute in this specific class, also offering, equally, the most torque. Power is sent through a constant 4MATIC all-wheel drive system after going through a seven-speed auto.

There’s a rear differential lock for added traction, and the all-wheel drive system distributes power 40:60 between front:rear in normal conditions. But it does continuously adjust this ratio for the given conditions. Three off-road modes also adjust the ratio, with 4MAT being the standard mode, and then 4H dividing torque 30:70, and 4L splitting it 50:50.

Other off-road specs include a water wading depth of 600mm, with a ground clearance of 222m, slotting it well below the class benchmarks in the class for these stats. For comparison, a HiLux 4×4 double-cab offers 700mm and 279mm, respectively. The Ford Ranger Wildtrak also offers 800mm and 237mm, respectively.

Two main variant grades of the X 350 d will be presented in Australia. The most affordable is the Progressive, and the Power will come in as the most expensive ute on the market – excluding imported American trucks.

Both variants will come with a range of safety features, including seven airbags, active lane keep assist, and a rear-view camera. There’s also five driving modes, ranging from Comfort, Eco, Sport, Manual, and Offroad.

Since hitting the market earlier this year, the Mercedes-Benz X-Class, which is heavily based on the Nissan Narava and uses the same cabin structure and four-cylinder engines, hasn’t really made a big dent in segment sales. VFACTS figures, which count new vehicle registrations, first began logging X-Class sales in May. And since then, 738 units have been sold. For comparison, Nissan sold 1273 examples of the Navara 4×4 (not including 4×2) in the month of June.

The new variant will join the existing X 250 d four-cylinder, with sales to commence in December. Prices will start from the following (excluding on-roads):

Mercedes-Benz X 350 d Progressive – $73,270
Mercedes-Benz X 350 d Power – $79,415

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.