December finally marks the arrival to New Zealand of the much-anticipated V6 X-Class Ute. With an extensive range available, the only thing missing was the powerful V6, this new model may start to turn new buyers heads from the typical mmarket-leadingbrands.

The new X 350 d 4MATIC has a six-cylinder engine, 7G-TRONIC PLUS 7-speed automatic transmission, and 4MATIC permanent all-wheel drive.  

The 3.0-litre 190kW (258 hp) six-cylinder diesel engine in the new X 350 d can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 7.5 seconds. It offers a maximum torque of 550Nm between 1400 and 3200 rpm, meaning that you will have plenty of torque at low engine speeds.

The 4MATIC permanent all-wheel drive system offers a low-range reduction gear and a differential lock on the rear axle. This ensures good performance and traction on a wide range of driving surfaces. It is also fitted with a central differential, which can distributes the drive force between the front and rear axle at a torque distribution of 40 to 60 percent.

The 350d will have three all-wheel-drive modes to choose from: 4MAT, 4H and 4L. In 4MAT the torque distribution is continuously adjusted between the axles as the road conditions dictate.

The X 350 d 4MATIC is available in two equipment lines; Progressive, and Power, Progressive starts at $81,205 and Power starts at $88,325.

Progressive features all of the standard options from the 4-cylinder model, plus KEYLESS-GO and 2-zone Climate air conditioning.

The Power model features all of the standard options from the 4-cylinder model plus an aluminium dash trim and black roof liner.

Further customisation is possible with a wide range of optional extras such as leather seats, styling bar, hardcover, hardtop, stowage box, load bed liner, load-securing rails in the load bed, and an underguard. With the introduction of the X350 d 4MATIC a new sports bar is available, which can be combined with a roll cover in black or silver.

It’s definitely a lot of coin for a V6 ute, but many don’t seem to mind spending it these days. Will the X-Class stand up against the consumer-accepted V6 utes? Only time will tell.

DriveLife will tell you on the fist chance we get to do a full review on the Mercedes-Benz X-Class.

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