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Brabus Takes The Mercedes X-Class In Hand

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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.
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Could do without the giant center badge, but the lower bumper replacement does look more rugged and it'll definitely appeal to outdoors-men. So far nothing has been done too the engine yet, so I'll just wait and see if they can deliver the claimed power increase.
i wouldn't mind seeing Brabus lift the X-Class and then throw beadlock wheels on it, similar to what we can find on the G-Wagon that Brabus built. Even without much of a lift those wheels would improve aesthetics a lot.
Lifting an already high sitting vehicle would destabilize it no? They'll also need to take into account how it'll affect the X-Class when it tows something while lifted. Probably more effort than they'd want to put in.
To each their own, beadlock wheels has never been my cup of tea. Looking closer at the picture, those roof-mounted lights are actually flush against the roof and looks like it came from factory, very well done on their end with the small details.
Has there been any mention of price for this kit? It doesnt seem like they have made much improvement on powertrain, and the aesthetic changes seem to be pretty subtle. Don't know why you wouldn't just wait out on the V6 variant that's coming later this year.
I just think there's a lot of features they can pull from the GWagon to a more attainable market which works well upwards, making the GWagon seem even better. Mercedes always had rich tuning culture, eventually it'll happen.
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