The 2018 Mercedes-Benz X-Class is expected to be very similar to the luxury bakkie Concept X-Class that was previewed last year in Stockholm, Sweden.
A prototype has been spied undergoing final testing both on and off-road in Spain, where Nissan will be producing the Merc bakkies that will be heading to South Africa (Renault in Argentina will also be producing the X-Class for other markets). Mercedes promise that although the hauler will be riding on a Nissan Navara / Renault Alaskan platform, it will be embued with luxury and worthy of the three-pointed star.
Interested customers are already able to make a reservation fee of £1 000 (about R16 600) that allows gives them first option when orders officially open.
The X-Class will be available with either a front- or an all-wheel drive paired with an array of four-cylinder engines. Top-spec models will get a turbodiesel 3.0-liter V6 mated with the 4Matic setup. There won’t be a fully fledged AMG version, but AMG styling will be available for those in favor of a sportier look.
Mercedes is expected to reveal the X-Class at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September.