The Call of the Wild can take you further than you expect. They call Silverton the ‘gateway to the outback’. A full day’s drive from the east coast, it’s the perfect place to kick off a road trip out to the middle of nowhere.
Out past Broken Hill, in the far west of NSW, there’s a small town called Silverton. It’s the perfect spot to start a road trip that shows just how far the X-Class can go when answering the call of the wild.
When you picture the Aussie outback – red dust, sweeping plains, propped up fences, the horizon as far as the eye can see - this is the sort of landscape you’re probably thinking of. Locals call this place Corner Country, as it’s where the borders of South Australia, New South Wales and Queensland meet.
The back of beyond
This far out from the big city, towns like Fowler’s Gap and Packsaddle have barely more than a single pub. So you need to make sure you’ve got the fuel efficiency to get you from one stop to the next.
The X-Class has a long range fuel efficiency of 6.9 litres per 100km*, which means you could travel up to 1,159km on a single tank. That could save you a stop on the way to Sturt National Park, where the rolling red-sand dunes of the Strzelecki Desert ripple out towards the horizon.
Owning the conditions
Outside, as you pass abandoned shacks and rusted machinery on the roadside, the X-Class throws up dust in its wake. But it’s quiet inside the refined, well-appointed interior, thanks to the Mercedes-Benz signature focus on driver and passenger comfort.
Even on these unsealed roads, the ute delivers the car-like handing you’re used to. A big part of that stability is thanks to a track width of 1,632mm in the front and 1,625mm in the rear, and a wheelbase of 3,150mm. This means the ladder-type frame spreads the weight of the X-Class over the ground, staying in command of the road.”
Paired with double wishbone suspension in the front, and multi-link coil suspension in the back, the size of the ute makes it a more stable and comfortable ride on the bumpy Silver City Highway.
Staying ready for anything
Out here, conditions can change more quickly than you might expect. Warrego River might have been a dust bowl when you last checked, but it could be a teeming watering hole for local wildlife by the time you’re there.
When you need to get to the other side, a ground clearance of 222mm and a wading depth of about 600mm helps the X-Class cross rivers with ease.
That could mean climbing over rocks and up muddy banks. Engageable 4x4 on 4-cylinder variants and full-time 4x4 on the V6 means you can slip easily into low-range gearing to keep up stability and traction.
And out here, that might be what’s required to make it to the spot you’re camping for the night. No matter how far you go to answer the call, the X-Class can take you there.
See the X-Class outback road trip here.