With Mercedes releasing their new X-Class line-up, the Australian luxury utility market is in for a serious shake-up. Competing with the likes of the Amrok, Nissan Navara and Ford Ranger Raptor, its 13 variants start at $45,450 and are set to redefine the workhorse of the motoring world as we know it. Three grades of tough, luxury power Available across three grades – entry level Pure, mid-spec Progressive and the flagship option Power – the new X-Class comes with a six-speed manual or seven speed auto transmission. Pure and Progressive grades come in dual-cab form, with a pick-up or cab chassis body style, while the Power is available in pick-up form only. Initial offerings come with two 2.3-litre four-cylinder diesel engines (a single-turbo X220d with 120kW/403Nm or a twin-turbo X250d with 140kW/450Nm), with a 190kW/550Nm 3.00litre turbo-diesel V6 joining the line-up in mid-2018. Breaking the mould Rather than starting from scratch, Mercedes have designed the new range around the world’s third best-selling pick-up globally, the Nissan Navara. But don’t be mistaken, the X-Class is no cookie cutter reproduction model. With a stronger chassis, an extended track and a wider body, the new variants showcase a unique bodywork. A bespoke interior, recalibrated suspension dampers and ventilated disc brakes nudge it into a higher class, while a five-star ANCAP rating, ABS, tyre-pressure monitoring and reversing camera (pick-up only) ensure a safe and reliable ride. Built for comfort Thanks to superior noise suppression, the X-Class is the quietest in its class. Superb suspension ensures even bumpy rides level out, while weight in the back provides a seriously car-like drive. A factory bullbar and nudge bar are under development specifically for the Australian market, and it’s hoped their arrival will coincide with the introduction of the six-cylinder option later this year. Air-con and cruise control are standard, while tech needs are taken care of thanks to a 7.0-inch Audio 20 CD multimedia system with Bluetooth phone and audio streaming, USB connectivity and four speakers. On the downside, there are no standard accessories for any model, with bed liner/cargo liners, soft tonneau, canopies, hard lid and roller covers all available for extra. Prices & specs The X-Class range is available now and starts at $45,450 and goes up to $64,500. All models come with a full-size spare and can tow up to 3500kg and take 7.4L-7.9L of petrol per 100km. If you are interested in the new X-Class, please contact our consultants today, and your finance can be arranged before you walk into the dealership. If dealerships aren’t your favourite place, ask about our free Car Buying Service to get the best deal from the comfort of your own home.