The wheelbase is 70mm shorter on the X-class, but the double-cab's load tray is actually 38mm longer than the Ranger's. The top X Class model will come as standard with permanent 4MATIC all-wheel drive and the seven-speed automatic transmission. Being an outcome of the combined development between Nissan and Mercedes-Benz, the X-Class incorporates the same chassis that the Nissan Navara and upcoming Renault Alaskan is based on.
The X-Class Power is the high-end design and equipment line that puts more of an emphasis on styling, performance and comfort.
There are three trim variants to choose from for the X-Class Power: a pixelated look in matt black, an aluminium effect with longitudinal grain and a brown matt woodgrain effect.
With the 4x4 system engaged via the dash-mounted rotary knob that will be one of the few aspects of the X-Class cabin familiar to Nissan Navara owners, we headed onto the specially prepared off-road course.
The pickup also has driver assistance safety systems such as lane-keep assist, traffic sign recognition and automatic emergency braking as well as access to the brand's internet connected auto services.
In countries with access to the X-class, there will be a number of powertrain options.
Pricing for the Mercedes X-Class in the United Kingdom is unconfirmed but likely to start somewhere between £30,000 and £35,000. The X-Class POWER is a lifestyle vehicle beyond the mainstream - suitable for urban environments as well as for sports and leisure activities off the beaten track.
The layout is clearly derived from the passenger vehicle range, with turbine style air vents, a stitched dash, leather trim, powered seats, climate control, and a huge aluminium-look panel adorning the dash to go with "galvanised" interior highlights on the vents, infotainment surrounds, and door pulls. These seats are also equipped with attachment points for an i-Size/ISOFIX child seat as standard. But its most important markets are ute-centric South Africa, Australia and New Zealand: we'll see it in early-2018.
Trim levels for the X-Class start with Pure and this is followed by Power and Progressive. The Mercedes-Benz X-Class will feature a ground clearance of 202mm, but higher suspension, which increases it by 20mm, is an optional extra. It is expected to go on sale this November. It'll be in South African and Australian showrooms from the beginning of 2018, arriving in Argentina and Brazil a year later.