The Mercedes-Benz X-Class pickup will cost from £27,310 when it arrives on UK roads in January 2018.

While the first venture of Mercedes into pickup territory is more lifestyle pitched than workhorse, and offered only as a double cab, it does come with selectable all-wheel-drive and a low-range gearbox. A differential lock can be specified as an option, as can ground clearance increased by 20mm.

Mercedes is also heavily pitching the X-Class on its safety package. All versions include several driver aids, among them autonomous emergency braking, lane keeping assist and traffic sign recognition, hill-start assist and a reversing camera.

The three trim levels are aimed at different markets – Pure is expected to be for workhorse buyers, Progressive for those looking for more road-friendly comfort features and Power for those who consider running a pickup as a lifestyle choice.

Two engines, three trims

The £27,310 price, which excludes VAT, will buy the entry-level X 220 d Pure model, powered by a 2.3-litre four-cylinder turbodiesel. It produces 163hp, put through a six-speed manual gearbox. The vehicle includes semi-auto air conditioning and 17-inch steel wheels.

Mid-range Progressive models start from £1200 more than the Pure. They can be supplied with either the 163hp manual powertrain or as an X 250 d model, uprated to 190hp and matched to a seven-speed auto ‘box at £30,510. Along with styling upgrades, heated mirrors are included as are 17-inch alloy wheels.

Power versions only come with the 190hp engine and auto transmission and cost from £34,100. More styling additions are applied as well as LED front and rear lights, keyless entry and start, folding mirrors, electrically adjustable front seats, leather upholstery and 18-inch alloy wheels.

Mercedes offers the same infotainment package across the range, controlled by a seven-inch touchscreen and on Progressive and Power models controls on the steering wheel. This CD system includes Bluetooth, DAB radio and the Mercedes me Connect emergency and breakdown service.

Garmin Map Pilot navigation can be added for £405, or the full Mercedes Connect Online system for £1470. Those with money to spend can also browse through seven options packages, ranging from extra styling to parking sensors and a 360-degree camera and a winter package with heated seats and windscreen washer jets.

Mercedes also intends to expand its pickup range – a V6-powered X 350 d model is expected to join the range later in 2018.

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Andrew Charman

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