2018 Mercedes-Benz X350d evaluate: X-Class V6 journey-together

Mercedes-Benz has revealed its additional effective X-Class V6 model, the X350d. Conveniently, Jez Spinks was specified a short experience in just one last yr…

Our previously 1st push of the Mercedes-Benz X-Course twin-taxi ute was limited to the twin-turbo four-cylinder diesel X250d design, while we have been provided a ride in the V6 oil-burner that is not yet manufacturing-prepared.

It’s the additional interesting of the X-Class’s engine selections for a pair of causes. Firstly, whilst the ute’s four-cylinder diesels are borrowed from the Nissan Navara (along with the underpinnings), the 6-cylinder diesel is a Benz motor seen currently in the likes of the Sprinter van and GLE SUV.

And, secondly, it offers the X-Course the effectiveness to match up with the V6-powered edition of the Volkswagen Amarok.

Mercedes has confirmed the V6 will produce 190kW and 550Nm in the X350d, offering it most effective-in-course power – 25kW much more than the present-day Amarok diesel six, however torque is identical.

(The VW, nevertheless, has 180kW by way of overboost, whilst it has also pointed in the direction of an uprated version of its 3.-litre TDI motor with 190kW Amarok principles – with “increased torque” – at September’s Frankfurt motor display.)

The Benz V6 provides 620Nm in the GLE, though the firm has dialled down torque to support protect the ute’s extra primitive suspension – it capabilities a stay rear axle, for illustration.

Notice: Thanks to a limited selection of readily available illustrations or photos from the X350d’s the latest unveiling, we have ‘padded out’ the gallery for this overview with photographs from last year’s generate event in Chile. Exterior and inside styling for the 4- and six-cylinder products is mainly equivalent. The black cars revealed are of the V6 exclusively.

Mercedes engineer Frank Schumacher lives up to his well known surname by offering us an enthusiastic experience in the X350d. In our quick push on a twisting, hilly shut road on the outskirts of Chile, it’s very clear from the off that the V6 presents more grunt than the twin-turbo 4.

When the X250d’s motor is refined and reasonably torquey (450Nm), you can generally truly feel it struggling to crank out convincing momentum in a auto that weighs much more than 2.2 tonnes – a few of hundred kilos or so heavier than the Navara with the very same device.

Schumacher switches the distinctive-to-X350d Dynamic Pick multi-method motor vehicle settings from default Comfort to Activity for our operate, with the intention of sharpening throttle reaction and a lot quicker, later on shifts. The X350d also enables for guide equipment alterations via paddle-shift levers.

The X350d gains a normal edge off the line by featuring everlasting all-wheel travel when compared with the X250d’s selectable 4WD procedure that would make the automobile rear-wheel push until you transform a dial to choose 4 Significant or 4 Minimal.

Its larger sense of velocity is also felt on the shift, in which the V6’s excess pulling ability feels extra than the 100Nm hole to the X250d.

The X350d is anticipated to dive beneath eight seconds for the 0–100km/h dash, having the acceleration battle to the Amarok V6 that is quoted at 7.9 seconds. The X250d is quoted at a leisurely 11.9 seconds in auto kind.

Over blind crests and along flowing, curving roads, the X350d feels grippy and composed in Schumacher’s arms, while the steering appears to be familiarly on the sluggish side from our push of the X250d the preceding day.

Schumacher does not want to switch any dials when he normally takes us on to a quick filth section, as the X350d’s 4MATIC program shuffles torque routinely between the front and rear axles as vital. It also gives lower-selection gearing and a locking rear differential.

The V6 X-Class, which teams the motor with Benz’s 7G-tronic computerized transmission, won’t be readily available until eventually mid-2018, arriving a pair of months or so soon after the ute’s April Australian start.

Schumacher mentioned the V6’s afterwards arrival was a outcome of the company finalising the bigger engine’s installation.

Mercedes is even now tuning the V6 for even considerably less sounds – the X-Class’s refinement is currently one of its large factors – although it is also hunting to increase steadiness and equilibrium with the engine including more excess weight over the nose as opposed to the four-cylinder.

It is a critical engine to get proper. Mercedes-Benz Australia is predicting the variety-topping X350d Electric power design will be the greatest-providing X-Class, even with a value tag that seems probably to exceed $70,000.

The regional line-up will also feature an X350d in the mid-spec Progressive quality, though the foundation Pure trim will adhere with the 4-cylinders.

“We performed thorough emphasis team tests in the early setting up levels for the X-Class, and a V6 motor drew higher desire and was clearly an eye-catching proposition for prospective ute consumers in Australia,” says Mercedes-Benz Vans Australia spokesperson Blake Vincent.

“The significant-run X350 V6 engine provides practical rewards to clients when towing or navigating steep terrain, but also presents emotional advantages owing to the excellent driving working experience and class-primary energy.”

The passenger-seat working experience indicates it will be a shock if the X350d is not the distinct decide of the X-Course products, with enchantment not just in its excess performance, but also the truth it’s a Mercedes-created motor that helps rationalise what will be a benchmark expense for a twin-cab ute in Australia.