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2017-07-19 11:54

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Janine Van der Post

Cape Town - Mercedes-Benz revealed its highly-anticipated X-Class bakkie in Cape Town on Tuesday.

The official global launch will take place in October 2017 while SA fans will have to wait until 2018 for the new X-Class to arrive locally. 

And the price?

According to the automaker: "The Mercedes-Benz pick-up is attractively priced in the segment and is available in Germany from €37 294. Further market-specific prices will be made known successively."

Engine range

Mercedes has revealed the engine range for all markets. There are three 4-cylinder engines and a single 6-cylinder unit as follows:

X 200 - 122kW/238Nm
X 220 d - 120kW/403Nm
X 250 d - 140kW/450Nm
X 350 d - 190kW/550Nm

Here's what South Africans think of the new bakkie...

Those who love the new X-Class:

TJ Motors: It's a glorified Nissan bakkie with a Merc drivetrain, and a big price tag, Ford and toyota are a better bet( Nissan is glorified Renault).

Alberto Rongo: Not a chance, it's going to be a city bakkie, not a work horse.

Alan Mayor King: Everything looks great until you get to the end of the cab. Rear end from all angles in these pics looks unfinished and like it doesn't match the rest. MB can't enter a market like this, at a premium price which it will be, and expect to challenge the established brands unless it ticks all the boxes. The most important factor now at launch is looks, and it isn't there as far as I'm concerned. Maybe and hopefully it can prove itself on and off the road.

And here it is, new Mercedes-Benz X-Class in Stylish Explorer form.

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Marcel Erasmus: Just another overpriced ute. Why even? Waste of money.

Christo Retief: No comparison. This merc is not good looking at all.

Nkosingiphile Laduma Motha-Ngcobo: What a let down, from concept to this? Ladder frame Navara, suspension Navara, some model have Navara transmission. It also looks too close to the Navara. The front is not bad, but there is a big disconnect between the front and back. This is a rushed product, and it shows. Also steering wheel only height adjustable??!!

Frans Grundling: Ugly?? looks like a Foton at the back

We also asked our Wheels24 readers what they think of the new X-Class bakkie in a reader poll. See the results below:

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