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The 2018 Mercedes-Benz X-Class claims to be the world’s first ‘premium’ global dual-cab ute, so Jez Spinks flew over to the the global launch in Chile to discover if the new ute lives up to the hype.

Watch his video above, and read the full review here. Final pricing and specifications for the Australian market are yet to be announced, though you can read our initial details story here.

Here’s a quick recap of what we know so far:

Arriving in ‘early 2018’, the Mercedes-Benz X-Class will be offered in three trim levels locally – Pure, Progressive and Power. There will also be three powertrains on offer, a 2.3-litre turbo-diesel, a 2.3-litre twin-turbo diesel, and a 3.0-litre V6 turbo-diesel.

The 2.3-litre mills are both sourced from Renault-Nissan, shared with the X-Class’s base car – the Nissan Navara. Buyers of the entry-level engine will have 120kW of power and 403Nm of torque available to their right foot, while the twin-turbo version ups outputs to 140kW and 450Nm.

Meanwhile, the 3.0-litre V6 oiler is a Mercedes-Benz engine, developing a healthy 190kW of power and 550Nm of torque, making it the current power king in the dual-cab ute segment.

Depending on variant, there will be the option of a six-speed manual transmission or seven-speed automatic, along with the choice of rear-wheel drive or selectable four-wheel drive.

Standard equipment across the range includes a rear-view camera, lane keep assist, forward collision warning with low-speed autonomous emergency braking (AEB), along with seven airbags (dual front, front side, full-length curtain and driver’s knee).

Also included from the base level is a 7.0-inch floating tablet-style infotainment system with bluetooth phone and audio streaming, USB input, a four-speaker audio system and 17-inch wheels.

Higher-spec models offer more luxurious items like leather trim, eight-speaker audio, electrically-adjustable seats, climate control air-conditioning, LED headlights and tail-lights, a 360-degree camera system, Mercedes-Benz’s Comand infotainment setup, 18- and 19-inch alloy wheels, along with front and rear parking sensors.

We’re expecting pricing to kick off around the $50,000 mark for the entry-level Pure, climbing to $70,000 and beyond for the flagship Power with the V6 turbo-diesel engine.

Stay tuned to CarAdvice for more Mercedes-Benz X-Class updates in the coming months during the lead-up to the new ute’s Australian launch.

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