Mercedes-Benz is set to quench the power thirst in the pickup sector by introducing a 3.0-litre V6 to the X-Class. The Mercedes-Benz X-Class X350D V6 will be the most powerful pickup on the market, producing a monstrous 254bhp and 550Nm.
The Mercedes-Benz X-Class hit UK dealerships in December 2017, but it is currently only available with Renault-Nissan’s 2.3-litre engine from the Nissan Navara. Available in power ratings of 161bhp (X220D) and 188bhp (X250D), the current outputs fail to produce hair-raising results, partly due to the colossal 2.2 tonne kerbweight.
However, power-thirsty pickup buyers needn’t look elsewhere as a more powerful engine is heading our way. The aluminium 3.0-litre (2,987cc) V6 diesel (codenamed OM642) available has been plucked from the likes of the Sprinter and G-Wagon.
“We conducted comprehensive focus group testing in the early planning stages for the X-Class, and a V6 engine drew high interest and was clearly an attractive proposition” explains Blake Vincent, a spokesperson for Mercedes-Benz.
“The high-powered X350 V6 engine offers functional benefits to customers when towing or navigating steep terrain, but also provides emotional benefits due to the excellent driving experience and class-leading power.”
As stated, the new engine produces 255bhp at 3,600rpm and 550Nm at just 1,600rpm, although this has been toned down from 620Nm as its believed the live-rear axle and certain other components would struggle to handle that much torque.
There will be five driver settings available on the ‘Dynamic Select’ control; Comfort, Eco, Sport, Manual and Off-Road – each of which alters the engine and transmission characteristics. Comfort and Eco are similar in that they’re geared towards the low engine revs and get the best fuel economy, whereas the Sport increases the sensitivity of the throttle and holds the gears for longer.
Manual passes gear control over to the driver via the paddle shift, located behind the steering wheel, while the Off-Road setting sends more drive to the front wheels for more balance.
Unlike the 2.3-litre models, the Mercedes-Benz X-Class V6 (titled ‘4Matic’) will be permanent 4-wheel drive like the Volkswagen Amarok. The V6 will only be available with the 7G Tronic automatic transmission, and will be priced from around a hefty £37,500 plus VAT.