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Volkswagen Amarok: 200kW confirmed for new V6

Volkswagen Australia has confirmed outputs for the uprated Amarok V6 due in the third quarter of 2018, with the revised engine claiming a power output of 200kW, on overboost...

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Mercedes-Benz X-Class: What's different from Navara?
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Mercedes-Benz X-Class: What's different from Navara?

"It's just a Navara mate." There's going to be a lot of that over the next few months, and while the 2018 Mercedes-Benz X-Class does share a platform with the 2018 Nissan Navara, there's more than a few changes under the skin. Let's take a look at them. A wider track The X-Class has a 50mm wider body than Navara, but crucially a 70mm wider track...


2018 Mercedes-Benz X-Class review
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2018 Mercedes-Benz X-Class review

The Mercedes-Benz X-Class is now available locally, and the premium dual-cab segment is set for a shake-up. Comparisons await, but how does it feel from first impressions?


2018 Mercedes-Benz X350d review: X-Class V6 ride-along
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2018 Mercedes-Benz X350d review: X-Class V6 ride-along

Mercedes-Benz has revealed its more powerful X-Class V6 model, the X350d. Conveniently, Jez Spinks was given a brief ride in one last year...


2018 Mercedes-Benz X350d revealed
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2018 Mercedes-Benz X350d revealed

Mercedes-Benz has officially unveiled its range-topping X350d 4MATIC pickup, powered by a 3.0-litre V6 making 190kW and 550Nm. Those outputs slightly outdo those of the V6 Volkswagen Amarok, which makes 165kW of power and 550Nm of torque in regular driving, or 180kW and 580Nm for a ten-second overboost. Peak torque is available between 1400 and 3200rpm, and peak power comes in at 3400rpm...


Mercedes-Benz X-Class headlines latest five-star ANCAP ratings
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Mercedes-Benz X-Class headlines latest five-star ANCAP ratings

Independent crash-testing ANCAP has released its latest set of safety ratings this week, with the BMW X2, Jaguar E-Pace, Mercedes-Benz X-Class and Volkswagen Polo all receiving five-star safety ratings. Headlining ANCAP's release is the X-Class's standard inclusion of autonomous emergency braking – a first for the ute segment in Australia...


Mercedes-Benz X-Class: Australian interest high
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Mercedes-Benz X-Class: Australian interest high

Mercedes-Benz Australia is hoping local interest in its all-new 2018 X-Class translates to sales when the high-end ute goes on sale locally in April. A Mercedes-Benz Australia spokesperson confirmed the company had already received 8000 expressions of interest for the premium-badged dual-cab, the German marque’s first foray into the highly lucrative segment...


Most anticipated new cars of 2018
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Most anticipated new cars of 2018

2017 is almost over. It's time for Christmas parties, sunshine and rose-tinted reflection on the year gone by. But here at CarAdvice, we aren't taking our foot off the pedal just yet – instead, we're taking the chance to look back at some of the most interesting, exciting and downright strange stories published this year...


2018 Ford Ranger XLT review
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2018 Ford Ranger XLT review

The Ford Ranger XLT is now the second most popular new vehicle in Australia, behind only the Toyota HiLux. It's easy to see why it's so dominant in the booming 4x4 dual-cab ute market.


2018 Mercedes-Benz X-Class pricing and specs
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2018 Mercedes-Benz X-Class pricing and specs

Mercedes-Benz Australia has announced local pricing and specs for the X-Class ute, which is set to land April 2018. Two engines will be available from launch, but the base 2.3-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel will only be available with a manual gearbox. X220d buyers will be given the choice of cab chassis or load bed tray, the latter of which will be offered with 4Matic all-wheel drive...


2018 Mercedes-Benz X-Class first drive: video
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2018 Mercedes-Benz X-Class first drive: video

The 2018 Mercedes-Benz X-Class claims to be the world's first 'premium' global dual-cab ute, so Jez Spinks flew over to the the global launch in Chile to discover if the new ute lives up to the hype. Watch his video above, and read the full review here. Final pricing and specifications for the Australian market are yet to be announced, though you can read our initial details story here...


X-Class deserves a premium price, says Mercedes-Benz
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X-Class deserves a premium price, says Mercedes-Benz

The Mercedes-Benz X-Class deserves to be the ute segment’s most expensive vehicle, according to the German luxury car maker. Mercedes-Benz Australia has yet to confirm local pricing for the company’s first ever cab-chassis and dual-cab model, though in Europe it’s already carrying a significant price premium over competitors...


2018 Mercedes-Benz X-Class review
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2018 Mercedes-Benz X-Class review

The Mercedes-Benz X-Class enters with a host of changes to make it a proper tri-star offering, but is it really much more than a tarted-up Navara? We head to Chile to find out.


BMW 'surprised' by Mercedes-Benz ute, watching segment closely
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BMW 'surprised' by Mercedes-Benz ute, watching segment closely

With the Navara-based Mercedes-Benz X-Class just around the corner, BMW's local boss said he was 'surprised' with the Mercedes-Benz announcement. Speaking with CarAdvice at the recent 1 and 2 Series LCI launch, BMW Group Australia boss Marc Werner admitted the local arm was surprised with the announcement and the brand is watching the space closely...


BMW: X-Class ute ‘disappointing’, Mercedes can do better
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BMW: X-Class ute ‘disappointing’, Mercedes can do better

German manufacturer BMW has slammed its chief rival's efforts in the utility market as appalling and disappointing, while also confirming it too has studied the idea of producing its very own light utility vehicle. Speaking to Australian media at the Frankfurt motor show yesterday, Hendrik von Kuenheim, senior vice president of the company's Asia, Pacific and South Africa region - where he also oversees the Australian market - said he expected more from Mercedes-Benz...


Volkswagen Amarok Aventura Exclusive: 190kW ute concept revealed for Frankfurt
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Volkswagen Amarok Aventura Exclusive: 190kW ute concept revealed for Frankfurt

Volkswagen is bringing a pair of special utes to the Frankfurt motor show next week: the Amarok Aventura Exclusive concept and the Amarok Dark Label special edition. Headlining the duo is the 'Tumeric Yellow' Aventura Exclusive concept, which features an uprated 190kW version of the current model's 3.0-litre V6 turbo-diesel, and is said to "offer a look at the future range-topping 3...


I think I'm going to lose my bet.
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I think I'm going to lose my bet.

The bet was a simple one. I reckoned that the new Mercedes-Benz X-Class would sell more than 5000 units in its first full year on sale in Australia. I even wrote it on one of the many whiteboards at our office, to which my colleague Rob laughed and suggested a less ambitious number...


Mercedes-Benz Vans looking to bolster Australian line-up with small Citan
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Mercedes-Benz Vans looking to bolster Australian line-up with small Citan

The next-generation Mercedes-Benz Citan cannot come soon enough for the company’s Australian dealer network, who continue to ask for a competitor to its pesky German rival, the Volkswagen Caddy. The Mercedes-Benz Citan – a Renault-Mercedes alliance product that is essentially a reworked take on the Renault Kangoo – has never been sold in Australia, primarily because it lacks a suitable drivetrain for the local market...


Mercedes-Benz X-Class could gain AMG styling pack, but won’t get a V8
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Mercedes-Benz X-Class could gain AMG styling pack, but won’t get a V8

The all-new Mercedes-Benz X-Class may have set chins wagging with its not-like-the-concept styling, but the German company could soon introduce a more heavily stylised version of the dual-cab ute. The head of Mercedes-Benz Vans, Volker Mornhinweg, told Australian media at the launch of the new X-Class ute there is no definite decision on whether there’ll be any involvement from the company’s performance side-arm, Mercedes-AMG...


CarAdvice podcast 62: Tesla owners club sets charge station challenge
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CarAdvice podcast 62: Tesla owners club sets charge station challenge

On the panel this week is Mandy Turner, Mike Costello and Dave Zalstein. Featuring in car news, Hyundai is aiming to dominate Korean brands in Europe by 2021, the Rolls Royce Phantom has been revealed in a leaked brochure, Australia gets details on the Peugeot 3008 and 5008 and the 2018 Holden Commodore SS/VXR has been unveiled in Buick form...