The Mercedes-Benz X-Class pick-up has arrived in Ireland.

The X-Class is the first venture by Mercedes-Benz into the popular light commercial vehicles segment.

In Ireland the new X-Class will be sold through a seven-strong main dealer network. Dealers are Sligo based Connolly Motor Group; Cork Truck Services; Gilmores of Kingscourt; Kinahan Commercials, Moate and three Dublin city outlets – MSL Grange at Pottery Road, Deansgrange; MSL Park Motors on North Circular Road and MUTEC on Long Mile Road.

The new Mercedes-Benz X-Class goes on sale priced from €39,950 for an entry level X220 4×2 PURE.

All-wheel drive models are equipped to handle any surface with selectable 4MATIC with low-range gearing and optional rear axle differential lock. Next year a permanent all-wheel drive version will be available.

Powering the X-Class is a 2.3-litres, high-torque, common-rail diesel engine with a choice of two power outputs –163hp in the single turbocharged X220d, and 190hp in the biturbo X250d.

Six-speed manual transmission is standard with seven-speed automatic transmission available for the X250d 4MATIC models.

Safety features include Active Brake Assist, Lane Keeping Assist and Traffic Sign Assist.

‘Mercedes me’ connect means owners are linked to their X-Class via smartphone at all times.

The X-Class has a payload of over 1 tonne – sufficient, for example, to transport seventeen full 50-litre barrels of beer in the cargo area. Towing strength is up to 3.5 tonnes gives it power to pull a trailer containing three horses or an eight-metre yacht.

Caroline Kidd