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2019 Mercedes-Benz X350d 4Matic review

The V6-powered Mercedes-Benz X-Class has rolled into town, with the Amarok Ultimate and other primo pickups in its crosshairs.

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2018 Mercedes-Benz X220d Pure review
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2018 Mercedes-Benz X220d Pure review

This is the only version of the Mercedes-Benz X-Class ute that can be had at an RRP below $50,000. Is it the real deal, or just excellent badge engineering?


Poll: 2018 Ranger Raptor rolls the Mercedes-Benz X350d
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Poll: 2018 Ranger Raptor rolls the Mercedes-Benz X350d

It might not have V6 power, but the Ford Ranger Raptor has held sway over the Mercedes-Benz X350d in our latest poll, winning 55 per cent of the vote. More than 2000 people got involved in the head-to-head, with the Blue Oval's narrow victory suggesting pumped-up looks and crazy off-road ability are worth more than a three-pointed star at the top end of the dual-cab ute market...


CarAdvice podcast 114: SsangYong Managing Director, Tim Smith
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CarAdvice podcast 114: SsangYong Managing Director, Tim Smith

On the panel this week is Paul Maric and Scott Collie. In car news, pricing and specs have been released for the Mercedes-Benz X350d, Mazda has announced a five-year unlimited kilometre warranty, and a new website helps motorists identify if their car has faulty Takata airbags...


Mercedes-Benz X350d pricing and specs
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Mercedes-Benz X350d pricing and specs

Mercedes-Benz Australia has confirmed the X350d ute will arrive in local showrooms in December, with pricing to kick off at $73,270 before on-road costs. That's a little more than the top-spec Amarok V6 Ultimate's current $68,490 ticket price, while the recently-launched Ford Ranger Raptor kicks off at $74,990...


2018 Mercedes-Benz X-Class recalled
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2018 Mercedes-Benz X-Class recalled

Mercedes-Benz has recalled the 2018 X-Class ute over concerns about the tyre pressure monitoring software. According to the company, a software error (code RY2) in the tyre pressure monitoring system of some X-Class vehicles might prevent it from displaying a low tyre pressure warning in the instrument cluster...


Utes dominate the June sales charts
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Utes dominate the June sales charts

Australia’s three most popular new vehicles in June - perennially the biggest sales month of the year - were all pickups/utes. Clearly there were a lot of buyers taking advantage of end of financial year deals and incentives, and perhaps capitalising on certain tax breaks (such as fringe-benefit claims)...


2018 Mercedes-Benz X350d review
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2018 Mercedes-Benz X350d review

The Mercedes-Benz X350d V6 is a more enticing prospect for cashed-up pickup buyers than the four. Elements still feel compromised, but in some ways it's as premium as 4x4 utes in this segment get.


CarAdvice podcast 108: What to know when buying a new car at EOFY
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CarAdvice podcast 108: What to know when buying a new car at EOFY

Joining Mandy Turner this week are Kez Casey and James Wong. In car news, the Australian details for the 2019 BMW X4 have been revealed, the Audi A1 has been unveiled, along with the Suzuki Jimny, and the Ford Mustang Bullitt will start at $73,688. In Volkswagen news, the Amarok Core V6 will be priced at under $50,000, while the 213kW GTI TCR has been confirmed for Australia...


Mercedes-Benz X250d Progressive v Nissan Navara ST-X comparison
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Mercedes-Benz X250d Progressive v Nissan Navara ST-X comparison

When Mercedes-Benz chose to enter the dual-cab ute market with the new X-Class, it didn’t go it alone. Working partner Nissan lent a hand – and a variety of components from the Navara – to get the job done. The two aren’t exactly the same. The X-Class is more than just a Navara with a three-pointed star on the nose (despite what you might read in our comments), but it’s not entirely different...


Poll: 2019 Ford Ranger outdoes X-Class
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Poll: 2019 Ford Ranger outdoes X-Class

It doesn't have a three-pointed star on the nose, but the 2019 Ford Ranger has taken down the Mercedes-Benz X-Class in this week's poll. A whopping 65 per cent of voters favoured the updated Ranger, which now packs autonomous emergency braking and a bi-turbo 2.0-litre diesel option, over the first-ever X-Class.  The Ranger line-up tops out at $63,990 before on-roads for the 2...


Brabus D4: Powered-up X-Class coming to Oz – UPDATE
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Brabus D4: Powered-up X-Class coming to Oz – UPDATE

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...


2018 Mercedes-Benz X-Class X250d Power v Ford Ranger Wildtrak comparison
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2018 Mercedes-Benz X-Class X250d Power v Ford Ranger Wildtrak comparison

Dual-cab utes have taken over the cities and suburbs of Australia. So much so that both the Toyota HiLux and Ford Ranger sit in the top-five most sold cars each year. That popularity trend continues in other overseas markets, where the HiLux and Ranger also sell in huge numbers. Mercedes-Benz wants a piece of the premium ute mix and has dipped its toe in the dual-cab ute waters with the all-new X-Class...


2018 Mercedes-Benz X-Class 250d Progressive review
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2018 Mercedes-Benz X-Class 250d Progressive review

The Mercedes-Benz X-Class brings a new level of badge cachet to the dual-cab ute market. It's very refined and sports a great cabin design, but is not without its flaws.


Volkswagen Amarok: 200kW confirmed for new V6
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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. Speaking with CarAdvice, local communications boss Paul Pottinger confirmed the details, while also taking a thinly veiled swipe at the upcoming V6 version of the Mercedes-Benz X-Class...


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...