The Mercedes-Benz X-Class ute has been spied once again doing a spot of late winter testing in northern Europe.
This latest prototype of the X-Class seems to be wearing production-ready versions of the car’s headlights, which include the company’s signature hockey stick-style LED driving lights.
Interestingly this vehicle has fuel caps on both sides. This could mean that the X-Class will be available with dual fuel tanks or a plug-in hybrid drivetrain, although we’ve been unable to spot any stickers that are usually applied to plug-in hybrid test vehicles.
Another change from earlier prototypes are two prominent humps running down the length of the bonnet.
Under the skin, the Mercedes-Benz X-Class shares its platform and factories with the Nissan Navara and Renault Alaskan. Compared to those two utes, the Mercedes-Benz model will have a wider track, a unique five-link rear suspension, a toughened chassis, and some exclusive Mercedes-Benz engines.
It’s possible that one of those motors will be the company’s 3.0-litre turbo-diesel V6, which in its highest grade form pumps out 195kW of power and 620Nm of torque. If such an engine were to be fitted to the X-Class, it would eclipse the 165kW/550Nm Volkswagen Amarok V6.
Alongside this prototype, presumably as a benchmark vehicle, was a Volkswagen Amarok V6 TDI.
The new X-Class will be launched later this year, but won’t reach Australian shores until 2018.
Thanks to the three-pointed star, the X-Class will likely feature a significant price premium over the Navara. Additionally, Australian X-Class models will be sourced from Nissan’s factory in Barcelona, Spain, whereas the Navara is imported from Thailand.