How much will you pay for a ‘premium’ pickup? Mercedes is starting to answer that question.
RELEASE of some pricing for Mercedes’ debut entry into the booming one-tonne utility sector will likely not ease conjecture it is going to reset the peak cost of this type of truck.
Stickers made public overnight for the X-Class, a re-engineered Nissan Navara, only attach to the budget and mainstream 2.3-litre four-cylinder fare, in worksite presentation.
Benz has still to disclose how much its family-minded editions, some with a far gruntier diesel V6, are going to cost.
Full disclosure might still be some time away, as the biggest engine is not intended to reach the market until well into 2018, whereas the lesser fare is coming on sale in the first quarter.
The 2.3-litre X-class variants come in two states of tune: The only confirmed output is for the X220d, with a single turbo. It makes 120kW. The twin-turbo X250d is expected to generate around 140kW.
The X220d comes in rear-drive or selectable 4WD, but is limited to a six-speed manual transmission. The X250d is exclusively specified with 4WD and also has the option of a seven-speed automatic.
The model will come in three grades: the workhorse Pure, a medium-level Progressive with more comfort and quality and high-end Power which is aimed at lifestyle and urban users.
Benz overnight announced that the cheapest will be the Pure cab-chassis, at $53,300 (X220d RWD manual) to $60,200 (X250d 4WD automatic). The Pure in traydeck (pickup) format spans from $54,200 (X220d RWD manual) to $61,100 (X250d 4WD automatic).
A Progressive cab-chassis runs between $59,300 (X250d 4WD manual) to $62,000 (X250d 4WD automatic); the pickup edition starts at $60,200 (X250d 4WD manual) and runs to $63,000 (X250d 4WD automatic).
A pickup in Power guise is $66,200 (X250d 4WD manual) to $69,000 (X250d 4WD automatic).
Option packages range from $650 to $4150 depending on the package chosen and the model it's being applied to.
The Stuff website has reported the least expensive is Winter, with heated front seats and heated washer nozzles, while the most expensive is Style, which adds $4150 to the price of the Progressive or $2650 on the Power, which already has some Style elements as standard.
The V6 editions run a Mercedes-Benz 190kW/550Nm 3.0-litre V6 turbo-diesel, have permanent 4WD and a Mercedes-sourced seven-speed automatic with steering wheel-mounted shift paddles.