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The Ford Ranger XLT is now the second most popular new vehicle in Australia, behind only the Toyota HiLux. It's easy to see why it's so dominant in the booming 4x4 dual-cab ute market.

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2018 Mercedes-Benz X-Class pricing and specs
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2018 Mercedes-Benz X-Class pricing and specs

Mercedes-Benz Australia has announced local pricing and specs for the X-Class ute, which is set to land April 2018. Two engines will be available from launch, but the base 2.3-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel will only be available with a manual gearbox. X220d buyers will be given the choice of cab chassis or load bed tray, the latter of which will be offered with 4Matic all-wheel drive...


2018 Mercedes-Benz X-Class first drive: video
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2018 Mercedes-Benz X-Class first drive: video

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...


X-Class deserves a premium price, says Mercedes-Benz
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X-Class deserves a premium price, says Mercedes-Benz

The Mercedes-Benz X-Class deserves to be the ute segment’s most expensive vehicle, according to the German luxury car maker. Mercedes-Benz Australia has yet to confirm local pricing for the company’s first ever cab-chassis and dual-cab model, though in Europe it’s already carrying a significant price premium over competitors...


2018 Mercedes-Benz X-Class review
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2018 Mercedes-Benz X-Class review

The Mercedes-Benz X-Class enters with a host of changes to make it a proper tri-star offering, but is it really much more than a tarted-up Navara? We head to Chile to find out.


BMW 'surprised' by Mercedes-Benz ute, watching segment closely
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BMW 'surprised' by Mercedes-Benz ute, watching segment closely

With the Navara-based Mercedes-Benz X-Class just around the corner, BMW's local boss said he was 'surprised' with the Mercedes-Benz announcement. Speaking with CarAdvice at the recent 1 and 2 Series LCI launch, BMW Group Australia boss Marc Werner admitted the local arm was surprised with the announcement and the brand is watching the space closely...


BMW: X-Class ute ‘disappointing’, Mercedes can do better
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BMW: X-Class ute ‘disappointing’, Mercedes can do better

German manufacturer BMW has slammed its chief rival's efforts in the utility market as appalling and disappointing, while also confirming it too has studied the idea of producing its very own light utility vehicle. Speaking to Australian media at the Frankfurt motor show yesterday, Hendrik von Kuenheim, senior vice president of the company's Asia, Pacific and South Africa region - where he also oversees the Australian market - said he expected more from Mercedes-Benz...


Volkswagen Amarok Aventura Exclusive: 190kW ute concept revealed for Frankfurt
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Volkswagen Amarok Aventura Exclusive: 190kW ute concept revealed for Frankfurt

Volkswagen is bringing a pair of special utes to the Frankfurt motor show next week: the Amarok Aventura Exclusive concept and the Amarok Dark Label special edition. Headlining the duo is the 'Tumeric Yellow' Aventura Exclusive concept, which features an uprated 190kW version of the current model's 3.0-litre V6 turbo-diesel, and is said to "offer a look at the future range-topping 3...


I think I'm going to lose my bet.
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I think I'm going to lose my bet.

The bet was a simple one. I reckoned that the new Mercedes-Benz X-Class would sell more than 5000 units in its first full year on sale in Australia. I even wrote it on one of the many whiteboards at our office, to which my colleague Rob laughed and suggested a less ambitious number...


Mercedes-Benz Vans looking to bolster Australian line-up with small Citan
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Mercedes-Benz Vans looking to bolster Australian line-up with small Citan

The next-generation Mercedes-Benz Citan cannot come soon enough for the company’s Australian dealer network, who continue to ask for a competitor to its pesky German rival, the Volkswagen Caddy. The Mercedes-Benz Citan – a Renault-Mercedes alliance product that is essentially a reworked take on the Renault Kangoo – has never been sold in Australia, primarily because it lacks a suitable drivetrain for the local market...


Mercedes-Benz X-Class could gain AMG styling pack, but won’t get a V8
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Mercedes-Benz X-Class could gain AMG styling pack, but won’t get a V8

The all-new Mercedes-Benz X-Class may have set chins wagging with its not-like-the-concept styling, but the German company could soon introduce a more heavily stylised version of the dual-cab ute. The head of Mercedes-Benz Vans, Volker Mornhinweg, told Australian media at the launch of the new X-Class ute there is no definite decision on whether there’ll be any involvement from the company’s performance side-arm, Mercedes-AMG...


CarAdvice podcast 62: Tesla owners club sets charge station challenge
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CarAdvice podcast 62: Tesla owners club sets charge station challenge

On the panel this week is Mandy Turner, Mike Costello and Dave Zalstein. Featuring in car news, Hyundai is aiming to dominate Korean brands in Europe by 2021, the Rolls Royce Phantom has been revealed in a leaked brochure, Australia gets details on the Peugeot 3008 and 5008 and the 2018 Holden Commodore SS/VXR has been unveiled in Buick form...


Mercedes-Benz X-Class name explained
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Mercedes-Benz X-Class name explained

If you take a look at the 2018 Mercedes-Benz X-Class in the context of the German company’s model lines, it is a bit out of whack. Why? Because the X-Class sits under the Mercedes-Benz Vans product umbrella, despite the fact the company is claiming that most people shopping at the high end of the ute segment are actually considering these types of vehicles as an extension of the SUV model line...


2018 Mercedes-Benz X-Class ute: Australian details emerge
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2018 Mercedes-Benz X-Class ute: Australian details emerge

The all-new 2018 Mercedes-Benz X-Class ute will arrive in Australia from early 2018, and CarAdvice is in position to tell you what you can expect to see when it finally arrives Down Under. We know there will be three drivetrains offered, and that there will be three model grades...


2018 Mercedes-Benz X-Class cab-chassis confirmed
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2018 Mercedes-Benz X-Class cab-chassis confirmed

The 2018 Mercedes-Benz X-Class may claim to be the most premium pick-up on the planet, but that doesn’t mean hard-working tradies who want a tray-back version will miss out. The company has confirmed it will offer a cab-chassis tray-back/table-top version of the all-new X-Class in Australia from launch, giving Mercedes-Benz’s local Vans division a line-up of 18 different versions by the time the vehicle hits showrooms in April next year...


2018 Mercedes-Benz X-Class ride-along review
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2018 Mercedes-Benz X-Class ride-along review

The company isn't ready to let us loose on its new 2018 Mercedes-Benz X-Class just yet, but here Matt rides shotgun for a 'first look' impression of this Navara-based ute.


Mercedes-Benz X-Class V6 to tackle Amarok
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Mercedes-Benz X-Class V6 to tackle Amarok

The all-new Mercedes-Benz X-Class ute has a big talking point – a V6 diesel engine that has more power than anything in the segment. That’s quite a headline act, considering the Volkswagen Amarok V6 launched with a class-leading level of power less than a year ago. But the new 3.0-litre V6 engine in the Mercedes-Benz X-Class Power flagship model will better its German rival for outright grunt...


Mercedes-Benz X-Class not just a rebadged Navara, brand claims
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Mercedes-Benz X-Class not just a rebadged Navara, brand claims

The head of Mercedes-Benz Vans has hit back at questions over whether the new Mercedes-Benz X-Class will be seen by customers as a rebadged version of the Nissan Navara...


Mercedes-Benz X-Class v Nissan Navara: Styling face-off
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Mercedes-Benz X-Class v Nissan Navara: Styling face-off

With today's unveiling of the new, first-ever Mercedes-Benz X-Class ute, comes the inevitable 'first glance' comparison with its platform donor, the Nissan Navara. The 2018 X-Class is not the first vehicle to be spun off the Navara, of course. Last year, thanks to the long-running alliance between Nissan and French car maker Renault, we saw the latter reveal its own Navara-based ute: the Alaskan...


2018 Mercedes-Benz X-Class revealed
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2018 Mercedes-Benz X-Class revealed

Who would have thought the most hotly anticipated reveal for Mercedes-Benz this year would be a ute? But it sure is – and here it is, the all-new 2018 Mercedes-Benz X-Class. The first ever Mercedes-Benz X-Class, which is also the first ever pick-up from the three-pointed star brand, has been unveiled at an event in South Africa, with the Nissan Navara-based model clearly cutting a different figure to its donor vehicle...