The Bakkie Evolution
Playboy Australia|October 2018

The real Mercedes-Benz X-Class is only a few months away.

John Paige

A new flagship to the Mercedes X-Class range is set to arrive in early 2019 with the quiet claim of being the fastest bakkie on sale. Men’s Fitness tagged along to the international test drive in Slovenia where the high altitudes, similar to Johannesburg, and the gravel tracks converged in a similar proving ground to back home.

From the outside the X350d doesn’t differentiate itself vastly from the lower spec models apart from some new badging amid other little flourishes. The three-pointed star still looms large, the headlights resume passenger car sleekness and there’s a confluence of European contours that tie in with the rest of the Mercedes SUV range from which it takes its cues.

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