Mercedes-Benz will be releasing their brand new X-Class utes this month, and they're pretty stunning. Importantly, it's the first Ute to get five stars within the parameters of the most modern crash safety standards.
A discussion on the need for more modern safety features in utes warrants its own article, but it's worth nothing that the the X Class doesn't have lane-keeping technology or radar cruise control.
For anyone new to the X Class, there are three models being released, not to mention the customisations you can do to each. Here's a quick breakdown:
- PURE - This is the most basic class, and basically the workhorse of the group. It's fitted out for functional use, but can still be used for private use.
- PROGRESSIVE - This adds a little extra style and comfort to the pure, taking it to the next level. A dsefinite status symbol, or even a flagship vehicle if you're running a business.
- POWER - As the name indicates, performance is a priority for this ute. This is definitely the most lifestyle-aimed vehicle of the range - perfect for taking on adventures out of the city.
For the sake of clarity, we'll be looking at the best tech features of the POWER. As the most expensive of the fleet (starting at $61,600), it has the most included bells and whistles. Just keep in mind that some of these will need to be bought as optional packages, and the same goes for the PROGRESSIVE and PURE models.
- Garmin Sat Nav
- Mercedes-Benz COMAND infotainment system
- Autonomous emergency breaking (first in class)
- 360-degree cameras
- Parking assist
- Tyre pressure monitoring
- Keyless entry/start
- CD Player (sometimes it's fun to kick-it old school)
- 8 speaker audio system
- dual zone climate control
- Heated side mirrors
- Heat-insulated windscreen
- Rain-sensing wipers
- LED lighting
- Electrically-adjustable front seats