German tuner beefs up new ute

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

We've reached out to Mercedes-Benz's local divison regarding Australian availability of the Brabus D4. Stay tuned for an update.