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Patience has paid off for buyers who have been awaiting more power since the Mercedes-Benz X-Class pick-up launched at the end of 2017.

The X 350d version of the X-Class is now available to order, employing a V6 3.0-litre diesel engine with 258hp and 550Nm of torque. It joins the two existing 2.3-litre engines, the 220d with 163hp and 403Nm, and the twin-turbo 250d which offers 190hp and 450Nm.

Like all other X-Class models the 350d is supplied as a double-cab model only, the engine matched to the brand’s 4Matic permanent all-wheel-drive (offering three 4WD modes including a low-range setting for difficult terrain) and a 7G-Tronic Plus automatic transmission.

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Top trim only

X-Class variants in 350d form will only be sold in the top Power trim level, and this trim will no longer be available with the other engines. Power trim includes a number of styling upgrades – painted bumpers with a simulated underguard in chrome; a rear bumper in chrome with integrated step; fog lights with a chrome surround and shoulder line trim strips in chrome.

The model also includes as standard LED head and tail lights (the headlights including a cleaning system with heated washer fluid jets); electrically folding exterior mirrors; and keyless entry and starting. Six-twin-spoke light-alloy wheels of 18-inch diameter are fitted, finished in himalaya grey.

Inside, there are eight-way electrically adjustable driver and front passenger seats, heated, as standard. A leather steering wheel is specified with gearshift paddles and cruise control, Artico leather and microfibre upholstery and Artico leather on the dashboard with topstitching, complimented by an aluminium interior trim.

X-Class 350d prices start at £38,350 plus VAT, the model exclusively available from Mercedes-Benz van centres, and the brand expects to deliver the first examples to customers in November.

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Andrew Charman
Andrew Charman
Andrew is a road test editor for The Car Expert. He is a member of the Guild of Motoring Writers, and has been testing and writing about new cars for more than 20 years. Today he is well known to senior personnel at the major car manufacturers and attends many new model launches each year.