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Mercedes-Benz X-Class V6 confirmed for 2018 arrival

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Mercedes-Benz X-Class V6 confirmed for 2018 arrival
Mercedes-Benz X-Class V6 confirmed for 2018 arrival

Mercedes-Benz Vans has confirmed the V6 all-wheel drive X350d will join the X-Class line-up towards the end of this year following the four-cylinder X220d and X250d launch in April.

Under the bonnet of the X350d is a 3.0-litre turbocharged diesel V6 engine, matched up to a seven-speed automatic transmission, sending power to a permanent all-wheel-drive system.

The bigger engine helps deliver a 0-100km/h sprint time of 7.9 seconds, up from 11.8 seconds in the top-spec four-cylinder X250d variant.

The diesel six-cylinder is pegged at 190kW/3400rpm and 550Nm/1400-3200rpm, with claimed, combined cycle fuel consumption figure of 9.0L/100km, and a CO2 emissions rating of 237g/km.

For perspective, the Nissan Navara-sourced 2.3-litre engine found in the X220d and X250d is rated at 120kW/403Nm and 140kW/450Nm, respectively.

The X350d features five ‘Dynamic Select’ driver modes: ‘Comfort’, ‘ECO’, ‘Sport’, ‘Manual’ and ‘Offroad’, with each mode modifying the engine and transmission characteristics.

Comfort and ECO mode changes gears at particularly low engine speeds, Sport ups the throttle sensitivity and allows for a broader use of the rev-range, Manual lets the driver shift manually via the steering wheel paddles and Offroad adjusts the mapping to suit difficult terrain.

Mercedes-Benz X-Class V6 confirmed for 2018 arrivalMercedes-Benz X-Class V6 confirmed for 2018 arrival Manual mode lets the driver shift gears manually via the steering wheel paddles.

In addition to the five Dynamic Select driver modes, the all-wheel drive system features three modes; 4MAT, 4H and low-range 4L.

Mercedes-Benz Vans Australia is yet to reveal pricing details, although we know the X350d is available for €53,360 (AU$84,045) in Germany. If the European figure reflects local pricing, then the V6 X-Class could be the most expensive ute on the Australian market.

Pricing for the four-cylinder X-Class models will range between $45,450 and $64,500 before on-road costs when it is launched locally in April.

While the four-cylinder X-Class will be offered in three trim levels, the V6 will be available in just two; ‘Progressive’ and ‘Power’.

The entry-level Progressive variant is equipped with 17-inch wheels, leather-lined steering wheel, keyless entry, dual-zone climate control, black fabric seats and an eight-speaker sound system.

The Power variant adds 18-inch wheels, LED headlights, chrome-plated front bash plate and rear bumper, an Artico-leather interior and electronically-adjustable seats.

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