V6-powered X-Class bakkie revealed

06 March 2018 | Motors
Mercedes-Benz launched its eagerly-anticipated X-Class bakkie last year with one very notable exception – no V6 engine with which to counter the Amarok.

Thankfully Mercedes promised that a V6 diesel would follow at a later stage to supplement the Nissan-sourced four-cylinder units, and here it is!

Revealed online ahead of its public debut at the Geneva Motor Show, the X 350d 4Matic is powered by Merc’s 3-litre V6 turbodiesel engine. As previously reported, the motor produces 190kW at 3400rpm and 550Nm between 1400 and 3200rpm and according to official claims, the brawny bakkie will sprint from 0-100km/h in 7.9 seconds.

The engine is mated to a 7G-Tronic seven-speed automatic gearbox with flappy paddles, and as with range-topping Amarok models, the V6 Merc has a permanent four-wheel-drive system, rather than the selectable 4WD that you get on four-cylinder X-Class models - and just about every other pick-up for that matter.

That’s not to say it’s gone soft as there’s still a low-range reduction gear for steep ascents and descents and buyers can order a rear axle diff lock for those axle-twisting trails.

The AWD system features a transfer case, flange-mounted to the main transmission and incorporating a continuously adjustable longitudinal differential.

There is a rearward bias in the power distribution, with the central diff apportioning torque in a fixed 40:60 front to rear split. The all-wheel-drive system has three selectable modes, namely 4MAT for on-road driving, 4H for optimal traction off-road and 4L (low-range) for the really rough stuff.

Also unusual in the bakkie realm is the X 350d’s driving mode switch that allows drivers to choose from five modes for the engine and transmission characteristics, including an off-road mode.

You won’t be able to buy the X-Class V6 in workhorse spec, with only ‘Progressive’ and ‘Power’ trim grades available. The new version also ushers in a range of available accessories, including a Sports Bar, Rollcover and Softcover.

All models come with keyless go and dual-zone climate control as standard.

The new X-Class is set to be launched in Southern Africa around April this year, although the initial range will only include four-cylinder Nissan-sourced engines. The V6 turbodiesel is expected to follow later in the year. – iol.co.za



‘Hou by spoedbeperkings’

12 ure gelede | Ongelukke

Die inspekteur-generaal van die Namibiese polisie, luitenant-generaal Sebastian Ndeitunga het ’n beroep op inwoners gedoen wat vir die onafhanklikheidsvieringe môre na Tsumeb reis, om by...

RA: Bestuur versigtig op verspoelde pad

12 ure gelede | Infrastruktuur

Die Paaieowerheid (RA) het motoriste gemaan om versigtig op die verspoelde pad tussen Opuwo en Omakange te bestuur wat erg weens ‘n wolkbreuk beskadig is.“Intussen...

Daggaplante en geld 'verdwyn'

22 ure gelede | Polisie

Denver Kisting - Polisiebeamptes wat by misdaad betrokke raak, bekommer senior lede van die mag.Dít kom nadat vier polisielede verbonde aan die dwelmeenheid gister­oggend in...

Hervestigingsplaas vir Vicki ya Toivo

22 ure gelede | Ministeries

Augetto Graig - Adv. Vicki Erenstein ya Toivo, weduwee van die gestorwe nasionale held mnr. Andimba Toivo ya Toivo, is deur die ministerie van grondhervorming...

NBC: Losses piling up

22 ure gelede | Regering

Jo-Maré Duddy – The NBC’s management ignored tender conditions set by its board and entered into a N$24.5-million contract for a full maintenance vehicle lease...

PDM: Is Namibië in weermag se greep?

22 ure gelede | Regering

Die tesourier-generaal van die Popular Democratic Movement (PDM), mnr. Nico Smit, sê die minister van verdediging, mnr. Penda ya Ndakolo, se erkenning dat hy onbewus...

Weer vir 20 Maart 2018

22 ure gelede | Weer

BINNELAND: Gedeeltelik bewolk en baie warm oor die verre Ooste en die ||Kharasstreek. Elders sal dit gedeeltelik bewolk en warm tot baie warm wees met...

Otji-dok 'gevaar vir samelewing'

22 ure gelede | Howe

Denver Kisting - Die Zimbabwiese dokter Yevai Chiradza wat met die dood van drie mense verbind word en wyd opslae maak oor beweerde roekelose en...

Henties se Patrick by die graf

22 ure gelede | Mense

Des Erasmus - Hentiesbaai staan by die graf van een van sy temmers. Mnr. Patrick Eagleton (75) het Saterdagoggend in ‘n Windhoekse hospitaal gesterf...