Now that the flagship V6 version of the Mercedes-Benz X-Class is available to order in South Africa (check out pricing here), we thought we’d have some fun with the German brand’s local configurator. Yes, we’ve set out to see exactly how expensive we could make the range-topping X350d derivative.

You may remember that we’ve done this sort of thing before, including with the X250d 4Matic Power derivative soon after its launch back on March 2018.

For the record, this X350d uses Mercedes-Benz’s 3,0-litre six-cylinder turbodiesel engine, sending 190 kW and 550 N.m to all four corners via a seven-speed automatic transmission. This, says the Stuttgart-based brand, is enough for a sprint from standstill to 100 km/h in 7,9 seconds, and a top speed of 205 km/h.

Just how expensive could we make this derivative, which bears a base price of R973 188? Well, we added as many optional extras as the configurator would allow, taking the total to R1 205 378, or R1 214 528 once we’d factored in CO2 tax. Take note, however, that the configurator bizarrely allows the selection of two types of canopy (for this exercise, we made a point of choosing just one).

So, what sort of kit did we choose? Well, we started with specifying Diamond Silver Metallic paint (R4 600) and adding 19-inch multi-spoke alloys (R9 356). Inside, we went for black leather (R14 950) and brown woodgrain-look trim (R3 105), before specifying the Comand Online infotainment system (R26 733) with pre-installation Garmin (R5 850).

The aforementioned canopy (with roof rails) set us back a further R65 534, while we also added underbody protection (R13 572), silver-coloured side steps (R11 130), a sliding bed divider (R9 122), a special toolbox (R9 620) and the water/dust defence system (R1 024).

The Winter Package (heated front seats and heated washer fluid jets) cost us R5 175, the Parking Package (the Parktronic system and a 360-degree camera) R14 950, the Traffic Assist Package R12 541 and the Style Package (rear privacy glass, running boards, an electrically operated rear window, anodised roof rails, partial-LED taillamps and “high-performance” headlamps) a further R11 500. Finally, we fitted a rigid trailer coupling (R6 900) that includes a trailer socket.

For the record, the standard features list for the X350d Power includes the likes of climate control, an eight-speaker sound system, rain-sensing wipers, cruise control, keyless go, a tyre-pressure monitor and leather trim for the steering wheel, dash-top, gearshift knob and handbrake lever.

While this was all just for a little fun, we’re interested to see how you would spec your ideal V6-powered X-Class. Entertain yourself on the configurator here
Mercedes-Benz X350d

Original article from Car