What is it?
This is the range-topping version of the Mercedes-Benz X-Class, and the latest evidence that demand for luxury pick-up trucks in the UK is rapidly gaining ground on the appetite for SUVs.
The thought of a high-riding twin cab with the comfort and interior quality of a passenger car goes far beyond commercial customers and tradesmen, and the X-Class goes further than its rivals to deliver on the latter. It’s part of the reason we’re running one on our long-term test fleet.
Up until now, though, the X-Class was only available with a choice of slightly agricultural four-cylinder diesel engines. It could hardly be called a surprise that, according to Mercedes, more than half of X-Class buyers have waited for the X350d and its 3.0-litre V6 turbodiesel.
Naturally that means you get more power: the X350d produces 255bhp and 406lb ft, which is enough to propel the near 2.3-tonne truck from 0-62mph in 7.5 seconds and on to a top speed of 127mph.
However, it’s the addition of more driver-focused elements that should make it a more engaging drive than the more commercial-friendly versions found further down the price list.
There are wheel-mounted paddle shifters for the seven-speed automatic gearbox. The permanent four-wheel-drive system has a 40:60 rear bias to add some dynamism to the ladder frame chassis. There’s even a choice of drive modes - a first for the range and a rarity in the wider segment. One is dedicated for off-road driving, working with the low-range gearbox and optional locking differential to increase the 350d’s all-terrain potential.