Mercedes-Benz top X-Class vs Toyota Hilux vs Ford Ranger vs VW Amarok

Mercedes-Benz South Africa has launched its range-topping X-Class V6 – the X350d 4MATIC.

The bakkie is available in two design and equipment lines – ‘progressive’ and ‘power’, with both boasting 190 kW and a peak torque of 550 Nm.

It is capable of reaching 0 to 100 km/h in 7.9 seconds, Mercedes said.

The ‘Progressive’ line includes the following as standard:

  • 17-inch, 6-spoke light-alloy wheels;
  • Air vents in electroplated silver chrome;
  • Leather-lined steering wheel and parking brake;
  • The infotainment system Audio 20;
  • An eight-speaker system.

Standard features in the high-end ‘Power’ equipment line include a simulated, chrome-plated underride guard in the front bumper, a chrome-plated rear bumper, 18-inch 6-spoke light-alloy wheels, LED high-performance headlamps, electrically adjustable seats, and the infotainment system Audio 20 with a multifunctional touchpad.

Additionally the X350d 4MATIC – as the top model of the X-Class – also features Active Lane Keeping Assist as an option, and has seven airbags for optimum safety.

Mercedes-Benz said that it has also designed an extensive range of accessories for buyers to customise their individual X-Class V6 vehicles even further.

“If required, the design, functionality or off-road capability can be enhanced to suit specific needs,” it said.

“In addition to the new sports bar, which can be combined with a roll cover in black or silver, there is a choice of styling bar, hardcover, hardtop, stowage box, load bed liner, load-securing rails in the load bed, and an underguard protector.”

The full pricing for the new Mercedes-Benz X-Class V6 is detailed below.


The competition

Speaking on the new X-Class V6 launch, Mercedes-Benz said that the demand for mid-size double cabs with typical passenger car characteristics and comfort features has been steadily on the rise for years.

“At the same time, the number of double cabs for private use is increasing. They are no longer viewed purely as workhorses,” it said.

While the X-Class has proven to be popular in South Africa, the Ford Ranger and Toyota Hilux still dominate the bestsellers list.

Below BusinessTech looked at what the new Mercedes-Benz X-Class V6 is competing against.

Volkswagen Amarok 3.0 V6 TDI double cab Extreme 4Motion –  R810,100

  • 165 kW
  • 550 Nm
  • Average full consumption:  9.0 litres/per 100 km

Ford Ranger 3.2 double cab 4×4 Wildtrak auto – R655,900

  • 147 kW
  • 470 Nm
  • Average full consumption:  9.0 litres/per 100 km

Toyota Hilux 4.0 V6 double cab 4×4 Raider – R667,100

  • 175 kW
  • 376 Nm
  • Average full consumption:   11.8 litres/per 100 km

Read: A look at the new Range Rover Evoque – coming to South Africa in early 2019

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