Mercedes-Benz will use the 2018 Geneva Motor Show to display its most powerful utility – the 2019 Mercedes-Benz X350d – for the first time.
It’s likely to be one of the most expensive work utes when it goes on sale, but with a far nicer interior than most of its competitors and a punchy diesel engine, it will certainly attract a few buyers.
Engine and transmission
Of course, the headline act is the engine – a turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 diesel, which produces 258hp (190kW) and 550Nm, eclipsing the Volkswagen Amarok V6’s power output.
Despite the X-Class using a Nissan Navara as its basis, this isn’t the same V6 as was found in the D40 ST-X 550. It’s straight from the MB commercial vehicle range, being a single-turbo unit with peak torque coming in at a low 1400rpm, and it even has start-stop tech to save fuel.
Merc also says that it has the same “nanoslide” cylinder liner coating used in its Formula 1 cars. Now there’s a tidbit of info you can brag about at the building site.
Backed by a seven-speed auto (including shift paddles), the X350d can get from 0-100kmh in 7.9 seconds. Not bad for a work ute. But remember: that’s not fully loaded.
Three all-wheel-drive modes come as standard: 4MAT to help “vehicle dynamics”, 4H for light off-road duties and 4L mode, which engages the low-range. The transfer case operates at 2.9:1 and you can option a rear diff lock.
The X-Class V6 gets five different drive modes, enabling different characteristics for different conditions.
- Comfort is the default mode, and gives leisurely shift points and a slightly doughy throttle response.
- ECO encourages the engine to shift early, minimising fuel use.
- Sport sharpens throttle response and shifts at higher revs
- Manual enables you to use the paddle shifters and makes gear shifts snappier; and
- Offroad keeps the auto from shifting up, making it easier when driving on low traction surfaces.
The drive select button sits on the centre console and when selected, a popup notification shows in the instrument panel for a few seconds.
While work utes have been traditionally fitted with leaf springs at the rear, that’s a bit too harsh for a Mercedes-Benz customer, so the X350d gets coil springs both front and rear.
The ground clearance is 222mm, which doesn’t sound like a lot, but Merc says its articulation will make up for it.
The chart below also details the X350d’s off-road credentials.
The X350d comes in both Progressive and Power trim lines, both getting keyless start and dual-zone climate control.
The Progressive trim gets 17-inch alloy wheels, chrome air vents, leather steering wheel (and park brake), fabric seats, Merc’s Audio 20 infotainment and an eight-speaker sound system.
Power gets a chrome-look faux stone-guard, chrome-plated rear bumper, 18-inch alloy wheels, LED headlamps, different trim for the dashboard, man-made leather and microfibre seats which are electrically adjustable, and the Audio 20 CD infotainment system with a multifunction touchpad.
At this stage, Mercedes-Benz has only released pricing for Germany, with the X350d starting at Euro 53,360 (incl. 19 percent VAT).
Mercedes-Benz X350d specifications
|Mercedes-Benz X 350 d 4MATIC|
|Engine||3.0 litre V6 turbocharged engine|
|Output (kW [hp])||190  at 3400 rpm|
|Max. torque (Nm)||550 at 1400–3200 rpm|
|Powertrain||4MATIC permanent all-wheel drive with rear-biased 40:60 torque distribution|
|Transmission||7G-TRONIC PLUS with steering wheel shift paddles and ECO start/stop function|
|Provisional figures: fuel consumption (l/100 km) urban/extra-urban/combined||10.2/8.3/9.0|
|Provisional figures: Combined CO2emissions (g/km)||237|
|Acceleration 0–100 km/h (s)||7.9|
|Top speed (km/h)||205|
|Fording depth||up to 600 mm|
|Ground clearance||Front axle 202 mm|
Rear axle 222 mm for suspension with raised ground clearance
|Angle of approach/departure front/rear||up to 29°/24°|
up to 30°/25° for suspension with raised ground clearance
|Maximum tilt||up to 49.8°|
up to 49° for suspension with raised
|Ramp breakover angle||up to 20.4°|
up to 22° for suspension with raised
|Maximum gradeability||up to 100%|