Overhauled X-Class from Brabus Announced

Overhauled X-Class from Brabus Announced

Overhauled X-Class from Brabus Announced

The already luxurious X-Class pickup truck from Mercedes-Benz has been modified by the specialists at the tuning house Brabus, with the result being a more powerful and stylish LCV which aims to appeal to high rollers who still need to drive something with practical applications.

Auto Express reports that the X250d with the D4 PowerXtra package bolted on brings with it a number of aesthetic tweaks, kicking off with a set of four 20-inch alloy rims that are wrapped in sportier tyres to go with the performance-focused theme.

The Mercedes logo has been ripped off the grille and replaced with a bold B to represent Brabus’s involvement in this project. The roof of the cab is equipped with twin LED working lights, which not only provide a bit more illumination for after-dark activities but also activate automatically when the full beams are turned on by the driver.

Around the back the changes continue, with the number of exhaust outlets upped to four to hint at the greater levels of power which lurk under the bonnet.

The engine is technically identical to the usual 2.3 litre turbo-powered diesel unit that Mercedes adds to all of its X-Class trucks. However, with a bit of tinkering it has been optimised so that it has a total output of 208hp rather than the usual 188hp.

The torque is also increased, hitting 510Nm from its base level of 450Nm, which should make it a good option for towing trailers and carrying heavier loads in its open cargo area.

Of course, even with a bit more power at its disposal, the X-Class still takes a full 11.5 seconds to hit 62 miles per hour, which means it is hardly going to compete with true sports cars or even the average passenger saloon. This shows that a lot of the changes made by Brabus are superficial rather than revolutionary.

Inside the cab drivers will encounter plush leather upholstery and various premium materials which go above and beyond what is offered as stock. What sets this apart from the rest of the range is that there are far more colour options available to buyers, which means they can opt to be as classy or outlandish as they like when they are specifying this model.

The pedals have been switched out for alloy-based alternatives, and there are a few more chrome and stainless steel details throughout the vehicle. Other than that, it will feel effectively identical to the rest of the X-Class family, albeit with a much higher asking price.

That price has yet to be confirmed, but it should put it well above the rest of the pickup market, given that the X-Class is already one of the most expensive models available at the moment. In comparison, the newly released Ssangyong Musso looks like a veritable bargain, even if it lacks the brand recognition of its German-built rival and is facing a bit of an uphill struggle to gain a foothold in the UK.

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