The Mercedes-Benz X-Class has been spied doing a spot of cold weather testing ahead of its anticipated debut later this year.

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The X-Class shares its platform with the Nissan Navara and Renault Alaskan, although it will have a wider track than both of those vehicles. Other unique features will include a five-link rear suspension, Mercedes-Benz engines, and a strengthened chassis.

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Visually, the X-Class will at least have unique front- and rear-end sheet metal. The design of the front will borrow elements from the X-Class concepts shown at last year's Paris motor show, including the thin headlights and oversized grille.

The production X-Class doesn't look like it will feature the full-width tail-lights seen on the concept car, though.

As single-cab models are primarily bought as workhorse vehicles and given its premium positioning, the X-Class will only be offered with a dual-cab body.

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The X-Class will share production facilities with the Navara and Alaskan in Spain and Argentina, with Australian models coming from Spain.

Australia

The new X-Class will be launched later this year, but won't reach Australian shores until 2018.