2018 Mercedes X-Class – Entering A New Segment

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The 2018 Mercedes X-Class was debuted in South Africa back in July to celebrate the first international market for the automotive brand.   

One of the best things about the 2018 Mercedes X-Class is that this is a completely new segment for the German automaker. This is the Mercedes answer to other automotive brands that have already been debuting their models for this class as well. Some of them include the Navara NP300, for example.

The 2018 Mercedes X-Class will come with three different trims and with different engines to make sure everyone gets what they want.

So, let’s take a closer look at the 2018 Mercedes X-Class.

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2018 Mercedes X-Class Release Date


After the debut of the 2018 Mercedes X-Class in South Africa in June, it will hit the European showrooms in November 2017. It will be put on for sale in Australia and South Africa in the beginning of 2018, and then on Brazil and Argentina only in the beginning of 2019. So far, there are no indications that the 2018 Mercedes X-Class will be launched in the United States.

2018 Mercedes X-Class Price


The starting price of the base model of the new 2018 Mercedes X-Class will be around $49,500. However, Mercedes didn’t disclose the prices for the rest of the trims and different engines so far.

2018 Mercedes X-Class Redesign and Changes


As we already mentioned above, the 2018 Mercedes X-Class will come with 3 trims – Pure, Progressive, and Power. Depending on the trim that you choose, you’ll basically get a different exterior appearance.

In case you go for the Pure, which is the base model, you can expect to get a black plastic front bumper with some metal rear painted. The side mirrors are power-adjusted and it features halogen headlights.

The Progressive trim, the mid-range, includes both bumpers (front and back) painted. However, the area around the fog lights will remain black. The headlights will still be halogen.

The highest trim, the Power, comes with a body-color front bumper and it gets some strange chrome accents surrounding the lower grille. With the Power trim, the headlights will now be LEDs instead of Halogen. The same goes for the taillights.

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2018 Mercedes X-Class Specs


Under the hood, the new 2018 Mercedes X-Class comes with 4 different engines – 2 4-cylinder turbodiesel, a gasoline 4-cylinder, and a V-6 turbodiesel.

For the first three engines mentioned, you’ll be able to choose between a 7-speed automatic transmission or a 6-speed manual transmission. In what concerns with the V-6 engine, it comes with automatic as standard.

The base engine of the 2018 Mercedes X-Class is a gasoline-powered X 200 engine which is able to produce 165 of horsepower and 176 pound-feet of torque. Next, on the line, you have the 2.3 turbodiesel 4-cylinder engine (X220) and is capable of producing 163 of horsepower and 297 of pound-feet of torque.

The third engine is an X 250 d that uses a biturbo system and is capable of producing 190 of horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque. Last but not least, you have the V-6 turbodiesel engine that is able to produce 257 of horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque.

2018 Mercedes X-Class Interior


The cabin of the 2018 Mercedes X-Class couldn’t really be more similar to the 2016 X-Class concept. From the steering wheel to the infotainment system and controls, the HVAC vents and controls, and the gear-shifter. However, it is completely different from the ones that are offered on the same segment.

Depending on the trim that you choose, you can use the push-button start, leather, the dimensions of the infotainment screen, among others.