Mercedes-Benz's first pickup seems to be very appealing to tuners. A week ago, Pickup Design unveiled an aggressive body kit for the X-Class pickup and now Brabus has come out with their own visual upgrade for the mid-size pickup. Having close links with the German automaker, it was only a matter of time until they took the X-Class in hand.
What changes the German tuner has made are subtle compared to what Pickup Design produced. There is a new front facia, but the changes are more refined with the additional air intakes, honeycomb insert, and guard-plate inserts. Brabus designers have also switched out the factory treads for a set of custom 20-inch wheels. Completing the new look are quad-pipe exhaust tips and optional roof-mounted lights.
For the interior, Brabus added some bespoke door sill tread plates and aluminum pedals. Customers can also choose from a long list of trim offerings if the standard cabin upgrades are not enough.
Like its exterior, the powertrain updates aren't that prominent either. Under the bonnet sits a mid-range 2.3-liter turbodiesel four engine, which has a stock rating of 187 hp and 332 lb-ft of torque. Once the D4 PowerXtra performance upgrade is installed, CarScoops claims the X-Class will see a 20 hp and 42 lb-ft of torque increase. There's also an upgrade in the works for the pickup's range-topping 3.0-liter turbocharged V-6 diesel.