A year back, Mercedes showcased a concept of its first-ever and definitely the most luxurious pickup truck, however it didn’t release any information regarding the production model. Now, the German automaker has confirmed that the 2018 X-Class ute will be arriving in Australia in early 2018.

Here is what we know about it so far.

In essence, the 2018 Mercedes-Benz X-Class combines the characteristics of a ute with luxury facilities. It will be available in three trim levels namely, ‘Pure’ (base), ‘Progressive’ and the range-topping ‘Power’. The base model sports black-colored plastic front and rear bumpers, 17-inch steel wheels and a glass-protecting carrier on the bed. Customers can modify the rear bed according to their specifications.We recommend high quality CV Solutions service bodies or ute canopies for this purpose.

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The Progressive variant boasts alloy wheels, body colored bumpers with a huge black colored plastic innard, and heated side mirrors. The Power grade features 18-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, LED taillights, electric side mirrors and more.

Talking about the cabin, the 2018 Mercedes-Benz X-Class offers the same level of opulence as we could expect from any Mercedes vehicle. The base model features black fabric seats that can be upgraded to synthetic leather. The front dash incorporates a 7.0-inch COMAND touch display with Bluetooth connectivity, sound system with four speakers and a single-zone air conditioning system.

The Progressive variant is cladded inArtico man-made leather seats with Dinamica microfiber as an option, leather covered steering wheel, gear knob and handbrake. The sound system is an eight-speaker stereo with the same infotainment display as available in the Pure grade.

Luxury lovers should opt for the Power variant.It renders standard leather seating with electronic adjustable switch, dual-zone climate control, auto-dimming rear view mirror, artificial leather on the front dash, push-button start/stop and key-less entry. The infotainment remains the same as in the base model, but it has voice recognition capability. Moreover, the Power version features a 360-degree camera, and front and rear parking sensors as standard.

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All the Mercedes-Benz X-Class grades will have advanced safety features such as Lane Keep Assist, Forward Collision Warning, Auto-Braking and Seven Airbag system, all available as standard.

Since the new Mercedes-Benz X-Class is based on Nissan Navara, it comes with a choice of two Renault-Nissan sourced turbo-diesel engines. The entry level single-turbo 2.3L four-cylinder unit delivers 161 hp (120 kW) and 403 Nm of torque, while the twin-turbo 2.3L engine produces 188 hp (140 kW) and 450 Nm of torque. The engines will be paired to a six-speed manual transmission.

Mercedes will also add a more powerful V6 diesel engine in the lineup, capable of yielding up to 255 hp (190 kW) and 550 Nm of torque.

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The overall kerb weight of the Mercedes X-Class is up to 2,332 kilograms,which makes it slightly heavier than the Toyota Hilux. The towing capacity will be 3.4 tons (4×4 version).

The 2018 X-Class is expected to arrive in the European markets this November starting from €37,000 ($42,758), while in other countries, it will arrive sometime in 2018 or early 2019. Whenever, it will hit the roads, it would definitely make a place in our top 10 pick-up trucks list.

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