Looking for a bakkie you can actually describe as "elegant"? Look no further – the new Mercedes-Benz X-Class is set to touch down in South Africa in May.
It looks like the best of both worlds – the outdoorsy lifestyle meets Mercedes class and elegance.
The X-Class will come in four models – an all-diesel lineup launching in May. Though the vehicle has been classified as an "entry-level" bakkie, prices have not been confirmed for the South African market yet.
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Mercedes lauds the new bakkie's robustness, functionality, strength and offroad capabilities, but insists it's missing none of the classic characteristics of a Merc – design, comfort, driving dynamics and safety.
Details of the X-Class will be made public once the vehicle launches, although AutoTrader gave a proposed estimate on the budget you'll need to afford it.
Here are the AutoTrader's estimated prices (including VAT and carbon dioxide-tax):
|X 220d 4X2 Progressive (6-speed Manual)||R642,103|
|X 250d 4X2 AT Progressive (7-speed Auto)||R694,025|
|X 250d 4X4 Progressive||R696,785|
|X 250d 4X4 AT Progressive||R723,810|
|X250d 4X4 Power||R791,315|
|X250d 4X4 AT Power||R818,340|
* The X-Class comes standard with maintenance plans for 100,000km or six years, whichever occurs first.