Mercedes-Benz X-Class now wields a big V6 engine
Genuine offroad capability and Amarok-beating power makes new X350d an aspirational pick-up
The Mercedes-Benz X-Class, which first appeared in four-cylinder diesel engine guise, has just docked in SA with a V6-engined diesel derivative badged the X350d. The new Mercedes-built V6 bolsters the existing Nissan-made four-cylinder range with a 3.0l diesel engine mated to a seven-speed automatic transmission. Maximum power is rated at 190kW which outguns the 165kW produced by the segment’s only other V6 bakkie, the VW Amarok, although both vehicles have an identical 550Nm torque figure. The new X350d exists as a five-seat, four-door double cab in a range of two trim grades: Progressive and the higher-spec Power. The two are mechanically identical but the more affordable Progressive comes standard with 17-inch alloy wheels, air vents in electroplated silver chrome, leather-lined steering wheel and parking brake, seats in black fabric or an optional leather/microfibre, and an infotainment system with eight speakers. The high-end Power specification adds a chrome-plated under-ride ...