Mercedes has revealed details of its X-Class premium pick-up ahead of its introduction to the market in November.
Prices for the first pick-up offered by a premium brand start at 37,294 Euros (£32,995) in Mercedes-Benz’s native Germany, where the X-Class will make its on-sale debut.
Built in partnership with the Renault-Nissan Alliance, the newcomer to the segment is expected to appeal to a lifestyle customer and is being offered in a Pure basic format for robust use, Progressive format offering greater quality and comfort and Power, which aims to deliver a high-end package for “urban lifestyles”, according to the brand.
There are three trim parts for the cockpit, six seat covers including two leather variants with contrasting stitching, and two colours for the roof lining provide the widest choice of materials and colours in this vehicle segment.
Optional individualisation highlights include: a styling bar, side bar, canopy, various covers as well as numerous cargo and off-road solutions.
Mercedes-Benz will offer a range of four- and six-cylinder engines for its rival to the likes of Volkswagen’s Tiguan and the Nissan Navara.
Customers can choose between the 163PS common rail diesel X 220 d 190PS X 250 d as well as a 165PS petrol engine in selected markets.
A top-of-the-range, 258PS V6 turbodiesel will be released mid-2018.
An “engageable” 4MATIC all-wheel drive system with low-range gearing and optional differential lock on the rear axle is the only option available to customers from launch, with permanent all-wheel drive arriving in 2018.
The X-Class can haul a payload of up to 1,042kg and tow up to 3.5 tonnes, featuring a load bed length measuring 1,587mm long by 1,560mm wide.
The new pick-up is targeting an impressive Euro NCAP result, with passive and active safety equipment which includes Active Brake Assist, Lane Keeping Assist and Traffic Sign Assist.
Where Mercedes aims to elevate its pick-up above its rivals, however, is with interior comfort and technology.
Progressive and Power design and equipment lines include the COMAND Online multimedia system which features an 8.4-inch screen, making it the biggest display in the segment.
Meanwhile, the main instrument cluster consists of the large, analogue round dials from the C-Class and V-Class, with 5.4-inch colour multimedia display nestled between the round dials.
With Audio 20 CD and COMAND Online multimedia systems, and in addition to the central control unit, the X-Class also contains the multifunction touchpad familiar from the passenger car model series.
The X-Class also claims to be the first mid-size pickup to feature a communications module with an integrated SIM card.
This makes it possible to use the extensive Mercedes me connect services and to access the vehicle by smartphone, meaning that drivers in 21 European markets can call up useful information such as fuel level and tyre pressure, and find out the X-Class's location when it is parked or being driven by someone else.
UK pricing and performance details have yet to be published.