Mercedes-Benz's flagship V6 diesel ute gets some tougher styling add-ons, and a steep $87,500 sticker price
Mercedes-Benz Vans has rolled out the first special edition of its X350d flagship ute, called (imaginatively enough) the Edition 1.
Car brands love rolling out blinged-up pickups, considering the average buyer spends a few grand on options and accessories anyway. In lieu of a Mercedes-AMG X-Class, this cosmetic pack will have to suffice.
The styling pack gives you a black Benz star badge and radiator grille, fog light surrounds, bumper bits, tailgate handle, belt-line trim, roof rails and 19-inch six-spoke alloy wheels.
There are also some stuck-on stripes, a black bar in the tub, a protective bed-liner and a hard tonneau cover fitted too.
Inside you get Edition 1 embroidery, a chrome badge, leather seats, rear privacy glass and an electric rear window.
The Edition 1 standard metallic paint will be available in three different colours, kabara black, bering white or rock grey. However when it comes to the exterior parts, "black is the order of the day".
The Edition 1 has no engine changes, retaining the 190kW/550Nm V6 diesel donk, seven-speed auto and 4Matic 4x4 with permanent road-oriented AWD and proper low-range. The tow rating is 3.5t.
The Edition wears a (literal) sticker price of $87,500 before on-roads, an $8000 premium over the X350d Power.
Mercedes-Benz’s commercial division will be hoping the Edition 1 gives the X-Class a nice bump, given YTD sales to the end of April sit at 701 units, only 1.3% market share in the 4x4 ute market.
If you're out of the loop, the X-Class and Nissan Navara utes are set to go separate ways once their current partnership ends, according to a credible report in a German business magazine. What that means for the next-generation is unclear.
We’ve spent some time with the X350d and actually found it pretty impressive, especially towing a dual horse float with a tub load. Read our reviews here.