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Mercedes delivered on their promise of a premium pick-up last year and now the automaker has unveiled their range-topping V6 diesel powered X-Class ahead of its debut at the Geneva Motor Show next week.

CarScoops was not impressed when they test drove the X250d last year, finding it to be underpowered for how much it weighs. Perhaps the X 350d 4MATIC will redeem the model in their eyes. Powered by a turbodiesel 3.0-liter V6 engine, the X-class can deliver 258 hp and 550 Nm of torque, with peak torque coming in between 1400 and 3200 rpm.

Combined with a 7G-TRONIC Plus automatic transmission and 4MATIC all-wheel drive system as standard, the performance X-Class should be able to reduce its 0-62mph sprint time from 11.8 seconds to just 7.9 seconds.

Aside from an engine update, the X 350d 4MATIC will also come with five driving modes; Comfort, Eco, Sport, Manual, and Offroad. Comfort is selected as default, but owners can easily switch from one mode to another with the click of a switch. Those who loathe the start/stop function will have to select the Offroad mode because the feature is active in every other option.

Once the X 350d 4MATIC goes on sale, buyers will be able to choose from two trim levels; Progressive and Power. The former comes equipped with a set of 17-inch alloy wheels, a leather-lined steering wheel, and an eight-speaker audio system while the latter gets larger set of 18-inch wheels, LED headlights, and even more interior upgrades.
 

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Great to see that the range topping model looks to be much more competent than what was found in the X250d. It also looks like the X Class is going to be the first pickup in the segment to receive a 5 star safety rating with its automatic emergency braking. Even though some of its competitors advertise a 5 star safety rating, its unlikely they would get the same results if they tested under todays standards.
 

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For a Mercedes, the X250d was somewhat lackluster when you take into account which automaker is producing it. The 3.0-litre turbo V6 diesel will probably see higher demand than the base-level model because 11.8 seconds is just too slow for a small pickup. This is just for the Europe market and I'm somewhat interested to see what Mercedes will hide under the X-Class bonnet for the US market.
 

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For a Mercedes, the X250d was somewhat lackluster when you take into account which automaker is producing it. The 3.0-litre turbo V6 diesel will probably see higher demand than the base-level model because 11.8 seconds is just too slow for a small pickup. This is just for the Europe market and I'm somewhat interested to see what Mercedes will hide under the X-Class bonnet for the US market.
I hope the RAM 1500 diesel was a good example to Mercedes of what they can sell in terms of volume because that could mean we see a lot of diesel versions around.
 

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It'll be a while yet until Mercedes gets any concrete sales data because the X-Class' configuration page is still not up on their U.S. site even though the pickup has been unveiled for a while. It's still listed as a concept on that site or in the future vehicle section in other markets.
 
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