In a somewhat unexpected move, Mercedes-Benz revealed its X-Class bakkie back in March 2017 at the Geneva Motorshow. With bakkies being highly-popular in South Africa, Mercedes did confirm that SA would be one of the core markets for the X-Class when it launches in 2018. But, last week the German automotive brand showcased the highly anticipated vehicle to a South African audience at a special event in Cape Town, confirming that the Mercedes-Benz X-Class bakkie will, in fact, make its way to South African shores.
The X-Class is set to be available in 3 model variants to suit different lifestyles and work environments:
- The X-Class Pure basic variant is ideal for rugged, functional use. It fulfils all the demands placed on a workhorse. At the same time, its comfort and design make it perfect for visiting customers or suppliers and for private activities.
- The X-Class Progressive is aimed at people seeking a rugged pickup with extra styling and comfort functions – as a calling card for their own business, while also being a comfortable yet prestigious vehicle for private use.
- The X-Class Power is the high-end design and equipment line. It is aimed at customers for whom styling, performance and comfort are paramount. The X-Class Power is a lifestyle vehicle beyond the mainstream – suitable for urban environments as well as for sports and leisure activities off the beaten track. Through its design and high level of equipment, it reflects an independent and individualistic lifestyle.
The final South African pricing of the X-Class is yet to be announced, but back in March, the company did say it would cost around 37,000 euros (around R550,000) upon launch.
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