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Stockholm - It's been 17 long months but Mercedes-Benz has finally revealed its new mid-sized bakkie in the form of two concept cars at its launch in Stockholm, Sweden.
The new X-Class marks the first bakkie from a premium German automaker, at least in recent times. The new dual-cab Mercedes-Benz bakkie has been depicted in two distinct body styles; the Stylish Explorer (more focused on design) and its Powerful Adventurer (a more rugged variant)
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The new Mercedes-Benz bakkie shares architecture with the new Nissan NP300, though from images it's clearly designed by Daimler.
The X-Class will initially be produced in double-cab guise and its primary markets include Europe, Australia, South Africa and South America. The bakkie will be built in Argentina and Spain in 2017.
Headed for SA
Set to be launched early in 2018, Dieter Zetscke, head of Mercedes-Benz cars said: "South Africa will be one of the first markets to receive the new model."
It's clear from the launch that the new X-Class has Mercedes-Benz’s distinctive characteristics.
There will be three engines, most likely a 3.0-litre V6, a smaller 2.3-litre four-cylinder turbodiesel and a 2.5-litre four-cylinder petrol will also be offered. Power figures were not revealed.
Two drivetrains will be available: manual and a 7G-Tronic automatic, expect 4x2 and 4x4 with low-range and centre and rear-diff lock.
No pricing was given, except that it will be "competitive". Mercedes will only make the X-Class in double-cab, no other derivatives.
X-Class Stylish Explorer
...and the Powerful Adventurer
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Check out our pics below: X-Class Stylish Explorer and Powerful Adventurer
Interesting rear of the Stylish Explorer