Mercedes-Benz unveiled its new X-Class bakkie at a world premier event in Cape Town on Tuesday evening.
The group said that South Africa will be one of its core markets for the X-Class, launching in what is already a thriving market led by the Ford Ranger and Toyota Hilux.
Mercedes-Benz currently employs in excess of 4,000 people in South Africa with a C-Class production plant in the Eastern Cape.
The premium pickup which promises to combine ‘leisure and labour’ boasts a payload of up to 1.1 tonnes, and a towing capacity of up to 3.5 tonnes.
“It will be tough when tough is needed…it also brings style,” the company said.
The pickup will come in four models starting with a four cylinder engine going up to six cylinders:
- X 200 – 122Kw/238Nm
- X220d – 120Kw/403Nm
- X250d – 140Kw/450Nm
- X350d – 190Kw/550Nm
First unveiled at the Geneva motor show in March 2017, the X-Class will launch in Europe in November at a starting price of 37,000 euros (R550,000).
It is set to arrive in South Africa and in Australia in 2018.