Merc’s 190kW/550Nm X350d X-Class
The 3.0-litre six-cylinder diesel engine delivers 190kW and 550Nm of torque. That’s enough to get the X350d to 100km/h in 7.5 seconds.
The X350d comes with Merc’s 4Matic permanent all-wheel drive with low-range reduction gear and an optional differential lock on the rear axle ensures excellent performance and traction on a wide range of driving surfaces. The all-wheel drive system features a two-stage transfer case which is flange-mounted to the seven-speed automatic transmission.
There are three all-wheel-drive modes to choose from: 4MAT for increased vehicle dynamics, 4H for improved traction off-road, and 4L for tough off-road terrain. The combination of a controlled interaxle differential lock (0–100%), rear-axle locking differential, and reduction gear delivers good performance both on and off the road.
The X 350 d 4MATIC is available in Progressive and Power trim lines. They differ in design, level of equipment, and functionality. In both lines, the X-Class flagship model features keyless go and two-zone climate control as standard.
The Progressive line includes the following as standard: 17-inch 6-spoke light-alloy wheels, air vents in electroplated silver chrome, leather-lined steering wheel and parking brake, seats in black Posadas fabric (optionally ARTICO man-made leather/DINAMICA microfibre), the infotainment system Audio 20 USB, and an eight-speaker system.
Standard features in the high-end equipment line Power model include a simulated, chrome-plated guard in the front bumper, a chrome-plated rear bumper, 18-inch 6-spoke light-alloy wheels, LED High Performance headlamps, dashboard with large trim element in a matt black pixel look and with upper section in ARTICO man-made leather, seats in ARTICO man-made leather/DINAMICA microfibre (optionally black or nut brown leather), electrically adjustable seats, and the infotainment system Audio 20 CD
with a multifunctional touchpad.
The X350d will arrive in South Africa early in 2019 and we reckon it will retail for around R1 million. A full driving impression will appear in our August edition.