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Mercedes-Benz X350d to premiere at 2018 Geneva Motor Show

By Tristan Tancredi, 02 Mar 2018 News

Mercedes Benz X350d to premiere at 2018 Geneva Motor Show debut

Debut of Merc’s V6-powered X-Class set to spice up premium ute segment.

MERCEDES-BENZ will premiere its hotly anticipated V6-powered X350d at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show in Switzerland.

Benz’s 3.0-litre six-cylinder engine, with common-rail direct injection, generates 190kW and 550Nm, with plenty of torque available at low engine speeds. For comparison’s sake, the four-cylinder X-Class X220d and X250d variants squeeze out 120kW/403Nm and 140kW/450Nm respectively.

The V6 turbocharged engine is mated to a seven-speed automatic transmission, with a Dynamic Select mode switch – Comfort, Eco, Sport, Manual and Offroad – included as standard.

Getting off the beaten track is made easy thanks to impress off-road digits: 600mm wading depth, up to 222mm of ground clearance, approach and departure angles of 30° and 25°, and rampover angles of up to 22°.

The permanent AWD system with low-range reduction gear features a two-stage transfer case, an optional rear diff, and a central diff is fitted with a fixed torque distribution of 40:60. Suspension runs to a double-wishbone front axle, multi-link rear, and coils up front and back.

The top-of-the-range X-Class will be let loose in Europe from mid-2018, in Progressive and Power guises. Expect a mid-year local launch.

X-Class gets segment first AEB as standard

PROGRESSIVE
- 17-inch six-spoke light-alloy wheels
- Air vents in electroplated silver chrome
- Leather-lined steering wheel and parking brake
- Seats in black Posadas fabric (optionally ARTICO man-made leather/DINAMICA microfibre)
- Audio 20 USB and an eight-speaker system

POWER
- Simulated, chrome-plated underride guard in the front bumper
- Chrome-plated rear bumper
- 18-inch six-spoke light-alloy wheels
- LED High Performance headlamps
- Dashboard with large trim element in a matt-black pixel look and with upper section in ARTICO man-made leather
- Seats in ARTICO man-made leather/DINAMICA microfibre (optionally black or nut brown leather)
- Electrically adjustable seats
- Audio 20 CD with a multifunctional touchpad

The 88th Geneva Motor Show will take place from March 8 until March 18.