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26/03/2018 12:41 SAST | Updated 26/03/2018 12:41 SAST

Behold: The New Mercedes-Benz Bakkie!

The latest Mercedes-Benz X-Class is set to launch in South Africa in May.

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.

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It looks like the best of both worlds – the outdoorsy lifestyle meets Mercedes class and elegance.

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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.

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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.

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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 ProgressiveR696,785
X 250d 4X4 AT ProgressiveR723,810
X250d 4X4 PowerR791,315
X250d 4X4 AT PowerR818,340

* The X-Class comes standard with maintenance plans for 100,000km or six years, whichever occurs first.

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