German tuner beefs up new ute

UPDATE (4/6/18): The Brabus D4 Power Xtra package will be available to Australian customers via RamSpeed Australia. See bottom of article for details.


Brabus is known for creating wild versions of Mercedes-Benz's fastest sedans, SUVs and sports cars, but now it has revealed its take on the new X-Class ute.

Dubbed the D4 PowerXtra, the Brabus X-Class is based on the X250d, and features styling and mechanical tweaks for a small power boost and a unique look amongst the dual-cab ute crop.

A tuning module extracts an extra 15kW and 60Nm from the 2.3-litre twin-turbo diesel engine shared with the Nissan Navara, making for outputs of 155kW and 510Nm of torque – the latter on tap between 1500 and 2500rpm.

Brabus claims the D4 can accelerate from 0-100km/h in "just" 11.5 seconds, though the key difference noticed from the power bump will be "further increased pulling power".

Cosmetic enhancements, meanwhile, include a subtle bodykit, LED strips in the lower front bumper, dual roof-mounted LED light bars, a quad-tipped sports exhaust, and 20-inch 'Monoblock X' alloys.

Inside, there are stainless steel scuff plates, alloy sports pedals, along with Brabus fine leather upholstery – which can be optioned in various designs and colours.

The tuning firm adds that it is working on a performance upgrade for the upcoming X350d V6 model, with a prototype already "in the development phase".

Australia

Speaking with CarAdvice, Daniel Ferdman, director of RamSpeed Australia, confirmed the Brabus D4 package will be available to X-Class owners Down Under.

"We offer anything and everything Brabus," he said. However, Ferdman noted he didn't expect demand for the upgrades to be very high.

Since the Brabus items are specified individually, Ferdman said pricing is available upon enquiry. The power module, meanwhile, is expected to cost around $3800.