Pretoria - The much-anticipated X-Class bakkie will soon hit South African streets, with the first deliveries set to take place in May, and Mercedes-Benz has also just opened the local order book and released pricing.

The initial range costs between R642 103 and R791 315, meaning it commands quite a premium over the other double cabs on the market. The Nissan Navara that it’s based on - through Merc’s ties with the Renault-Nissan Alliance - tops out at R594 900 for instance, while the most expensive Hilux diesel costs R595 700, while the Ranger stretches to R624 900 and the four-cylinder Amarok R705 700.

Initially the X-Class will only be available with two versions of Nissan’s 2.3-litre turbodiesel - a single-turbo version in the X220d producing 120kW and 403Nm, and a twin-turbo variant in the X250d that’s good for 140kW and 450Nm.

But those seeking the full-fat X-Class will have to wait until later in the year when the 190kW/550Nm 3-litre V6 version becomes available.

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While a base model with utilitarian-looking black bumpers and steel wheels is available in many overseas market, South Africa is only getting the midrange ‘Progressive’ and flagship ‘Power’ spec grades.

The Progressive is fitted with alloy wheels, a 21.3cm screen, leather steering wheel and plenty of chrome trimmings. The Power gets man-made leather seats, dual-zone climate control, navigation and LED lights. All models are sold with a six-year/100 000km full maintenance plan.

Plenty of options and accessories will be available, including surround view cameras, electric sliding back windows, parking sensors, canopies, roll bars, side steps, hard and soft bed covers, tow bars, diff locks and wheel designs up to 19”.

Potential buyers have been urged to visit www.x-class.co.za to configure the model of their choice.

X-CLASS PRICES

Mercedes X220d 4x2 Progressive man 120kW/403Nm R642 103
Mercedes X250d 4x2 Progressive auto 140kW/450Nm R694 025
Mercedes X250d 4x4 Progressive manual 140kW/450Nm R696 785
Mercedes X250d 4x4 Progressive auto 140kW/450Nm R723 810
Mercedes X250d 4x4 Power manual 140kW/450Nm R791 315
Mercedes X250d 4x4 Power auto 140kW/450Nm R818 340

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