When driving the X-Class last year, we discovered that it was seriously lacking in the power department. Fortunately, this new model appears to have rectified that issue, delivering a claimed 258 hp and 550 Nm of torque thanks to its 3.0-liter capacity, turbocharger, and use of diesel. Peak torque is available between 1400 and 3200 rpm.
Mated as standard to the engine is a 7G-TRONIC Plus automatic transmission. Mercedes claims that the gearbox operates with no interruption in tractive power during gearchanges, including on uphill gradients. As the name of the model implies, the brand’s 4MATIC permanent all-wheel drive system is standard.
Five different driving modes will be offered in the X 350d 4MATIC. The first, dubbed Comfort, is the default setting but at the flick of a switch, Eco, Sport, Manual, and Offroad models can be selected. A start/stop function is active in all driving modes except Offroad.
In addition to these modes, three all-wheel drive modes are available. They include 4MAT for increased vehicle dynamics, 4H for greater off-road traction, and 4L (low range). With its 22 cm ground clearance, Mercedes says the pickup can climb gradients of up to 45 degrees and easily mass through water up to 60 cm deep.
Like other X-Class models, the X 350d 4MATIC will be offered in two equipment lines, namely Progressive and Power. The first of these includes 17-inch alloy wheels, a leather-lined steering wheel, and an eight-speaker audio system. In Power guise, there are 18-inch wheels, LED headlights, and a host of interior upgrades.
When the X 350d 4MATIC lands in Germany in mid-2018, prices will start at 53,360 euros. We will bring you live photos from Geneva.