The X-Class concept vehicle visits Australia.

In Australia, utes have long been the go-to vehicle for tradies and farmers. In recent times we’ve seen plenty of interest from people looking for a premium dual-purpose ute. So we knew that when our new X-Class concept vehicle hit Australian shores for the first time in February, it would turn heads.

If the early reactions are anything to go by, it will be in high demand when production begins in Europe in late 2017.

On first glance it certainly commands attention at a height of 1.9 metres. Climb in and you’ll immediately enjoy Mercedes-Benz signature features including ergonomic seats, the latest infotainment system and leather interiors providing the luxurious features you’d expect from Mercedes-Benz.

Those with increasingly adventurous lifestyles are predicted to see the potential. After clocking off for the work week, you’ll want to pile in with friends, family, skis or surfboards and hit the road for a weekend of exploration in style. It’s easy to see why - the all-wheel drive system that combines an electronic traction system, a transfer case with reduction gear and two differential locks will have you set for any conditions. Volker Mornhinweg, Head of Mercedes-Benz Vans, describes the X-Class as ‘the world’s first true premium ute for the modern urban lifestyle’. 

When Mercedes-Benz Vans dealers and press were given an exclusive first look at the concept vehicle at private viewings in Melbourne, they agreed it would bridge a gap between urban and rural ute use and appeal to those who have already come to expect the best in comfort and style from Mercedes-Benz.

‘Our future X-Class will be a pickup that knows no compromise. Ladder-type frame, a range of powerful engine variants and permanent all-wheel drive are compulsory for us. As an added value we bring safety, comfort, agility, and expressive design,’ Mornhinweg adds.

Throw in the personalisation options, the range of add-on parts and accessories, plus its ability to carry a 1 tonne payload, it’s easy to see why Australians are wasting no time registering interest in being among the first in the country to park one in their driveway.